The English Garden

Gardens for People

There is always so much to do in the garden and when there’s a long list of tasks to get through, it’s all to easy to lose sight of the bigger picture: what are gardens for? Renowned landscape designers Thomas Church, who lived and worked in America, and John Brookes, who became a household name in Britain thanks to his best-selling books on garden design, both believed that gardens are for people – to enjoy. Gardens are outdoor living rooms, places to relax or to have fun entertaining friends, not just ornamental spaces requiring constant hard work.

What has an American who never worked in Britain got to do with the way we garden today? Seeing gardens as outdoor living rooms is an idea that has come to the UK from the USA, with specific influence

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