16 May 2024, The Tablet

In green shade

The history of the private garden has always been political

In green shade

Gardens both bring meaning, and have meaning imposed upon them
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The Garden Against Time: In Search of a Common Paradise


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The sixteenth-century writer, astrologer and physiognomist Thomas Hill is credited with writing the first British book on gardening. Entitled The Profitable Arte of Gardening, and published around 1558, it was so successful that Hill lengthened it from 42 pages to 68 before republishing it in 1563.

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