The Story of Gardening — By Penelope Hobhouse, Photography by Ambra Edwards

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The doyenne of gardening herself, Penelope Hobhouse, takes us on a journey through the floating gardens of the Aztecs to the breath-taking symmetry of the formal French parterre in a beautifully crafted, lavishly illustrated history of gardening over millennia.

The Story of Gardening draws fascinating connections among gardens across time and place. Hobhouse addresses styles and techniques from all over the world, revealing the origins of the world's most magnificent gardens.

Award-winning journalist and garden historian Ambra Edwards worked alongside Hobhouse to bring this comprehensive classic up-to-date with today's most recent garden developments and trends.

Featuring detailed illustrations and exquisite photographs of the world’s most beautiful gardens, The Story of Gardening is sure to delight and inspire all levels of gardening enthusiasts.


Format: New, Hardcover

Published: August 25, 2020

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 9781616899196

Pages: 512, with 336 color illustrations and photographs

Dimensions:  9.44 inches × 10 inches x 1.6


Penelope Hobhouse is a garden writer, garden designer, garden historian, lecturer and gardener.

For fourteen years until 1993 with her husband, Professor John Malins, she was in charge of the National Trust Gardens at Tintinhull House in Somerset, England.

Today she lives in Dorset and travels in Europe, Australia and the United States lecturing and designing gardens. Penelope Hobhouse and Associates is a small design office in the west of England, with an associate Nan Sinton in Boston, USA.