The Land Gardeners Cut Flowers – Bridget Elworthy & Henrietta Courtauld
Along with Vic Brotherson at Scarlet and Violet, Charlie McCormick and JamJar Flowers, The Land Gardeners are at the forefront of relaxed country house style flowers . . . and they have the country house to go with the flowers . . . which helps! Indeed it is they that have supplied much of the loose, British grown flowers to Brotherson to help her arrange the kind of flowers that she enjoys.
Wardington Manor has been featured in all manner of interiors magazines – it has some amazing plasterwork – but it also has a history as somewhere where cut flowers were grown for London society. Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld have set about restoring these gardens and re-invigorating the supply of cut flowers grown on the land at Wardington Manor. This book both exemplifies the floral style that they have achieved and also serves as an introduction to creating a cutting garden yourself, with lists of seasonal jobs to do and what to plant. They are also very keen on soil health and how improving soil health can impact both the natural environment and also the flowers that you might grow. The book is less a how-to book, they acknowledge that this has already been comprehensively covered by Sarah Raven, but more a coffee table invitation to inspire an appreciation of the kind of flowers that they grow, the beauty of gardens set aside for cut flowers and maybe encouragement to devote a small space to this yourself.
Hardback. 258 pages.
26.3cm x 33.9cm x 3cm