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A Gardener's Year H. Rider Haggard

A Gardener's Year By H. Rider Haggard


Best-selling novelist Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was also a recognised expert on agricultural matters, and a keen and knowledgeable amateur gardener. This 1905 work is a diary of a year's work in his garden and glasshouses, and is a fascinating and beautifully written description of Edwardian horticultural taste and practice.

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A Gardener's Year by H. Rider Haggard

H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925) is best known as the successful writer of adventure stories with exotic backgrounds such as King Solomon's Mines. However, he also served on a number of royal commissions, and in managing his wife's Norfolk estate became a recognised expert on agricultural matters. His A Farmer's Year (1898, also reissued in this series), recounts the work of the farm, together with observations on rural life and the state of agriculture in general. In 1905 he published this work, a diary of his garden in 1903. After an introductory chapter (with a plan) describing the the garden, orchard and glasshouses, and the staff he employed, the diary begins, relating the tasks and experiences of the year, from spraying against red spider mite in January to decorating the house with greenery on Christmas Eve. This beautifully written book reveals the horticultural taste and practice of the Edwardian era.

Table of Contents

1. The garden past and present; 2. January; 3. February; 4. March; 5. April; 6. May; 7. June; 8. July; 9. August; 10. September; 11. October; 12. November; 13. December; Index.

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A Gardener's Year by H. Rider Haggard
Cambridge University Press
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