Historic Gardens of Somerset




Somerset is still a county of deep-delved country lanes, textured manor houses and small market towns that remains agrarian and refreshingly old-fashioned. Rich in medieval deer parks, its period of greatest garden activity was the eighteenth century when a group of aesthetic rivals laid out circuits of exotic garden buildings in and around the Quantocks. From the Italianate villa gardens of Bath to the lakeside grottoes built by Victorian industrialists at their factories around Frome, Somerset rewards exploration. In their search for lost gardens, some long forgotten, others unnoticed, Timothy Mowl and Marion Mako have visited over 100 sites. Marion Mako is a freelance garden historian. This is her second book in the series; with Tim Mowl she co-authored Historic Gardens of Cheshire. Tim Mowl is Professor of History of Architecture & Designed Landscapes at the University of Bristol, and is Director of the Institute for Garden and Landscape History.