Book Reviews

Gardens in History: A Political Perspective

Shakkei, The journal of The Japanese Garden Society

'Once you have read chapter nine, your perspective on Japanese gardens are likely to have changed...if your interest in gardens is much wider, much more global, then this volume will provide an excellent introduction to the various garden styles covered and you will find yourself turning to it time and time again.'

For full review, see Shakkei vol 19, no 2, Autumn 2012

Trafodion – Occasional writings for the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust

'This is a fascinating book looking at garden history from an unusual angle...Louise Wickham has written an important book on garden history which everyone interested in it should read.'

For full review, see Trafodion, November 2012

Garden Design Journal

'It is fascinating to discover the multifarious ends to which gardens have been exploited...Although much of the material is familiar, the story is clearly traced and Wickham provides detailed references, ensuring the book will be useful to garden history students as well as general readers'

For full review, see Garden Design Journal, February 2013

'This is a work of particular value to those of us coming to the subject of garden history as a means of developing our understanding of the gardens we work in, work on and visit and how the styles we adopt and admire came to exist in the first place.'

For full review, see

Historic Gardens Review

'Her book provides a useful general account of a neglected aspect of the subject'

For full review, see Historic Gardens Review, Issue 28, 2013

Landscape History

'The result [of the book] is an ambitious and thought provoking exercise.'

For full review see Landscape History, Volume 34, Number 1, pp 109-110

'As Louise Wickham ably demonstrates in her book, there is often far more to a garden than what immediately meets the eye...This is a work of particular interest to readers who enjoy having an historic perspective on the role of garden style in influencing our perception of the owners (both public and private figures as well as civic landscapes), and how the styles we adopt and admire came to be.'

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