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                                                         Pavilion Books | 2nd April, 2020 | £14.99

The words ‘Cottage Garden’ conjure up a vision of a thatched cottage with roses around the door and an informal jumble of flowers, herbs and fruit growing in the front garden. This work celebrates this uniquely British garden style.

The book includes many National Trust cottage gardens from the famous to the more obscure. There’s the cottage gardens at Sissinghurst in Kent, Cotehele in Cornwall and the Clergy House at Alfriston in East Sussex. But Claire has also included some cottage gardens that are not owned by the National Trust including William Morris’s house Kelmscott in Gloucestershire and Dove Cottage in the Lake District, home of William and Dorothy Wordsworth.

There’s also practical advice on how to create your own cottage garden with tips on flowers that must be included.

With beautiful illustrations of hollyhocks, honeysuckle and roses, this is a perfect book for garden lovers.

Claire Masset is an editor and writer, and is currently running the National Trust’s gardening books list. She has written for a range of publications including Gardens Illustrated, Period Living, Historic Gardens Review and Garden Design Journal.

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