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Cambridge College Gardens [9780711238510]

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Tim Richardson's book on the most exquisite gardens in and around the university of Cambridge's colleges combines brilliant research, elegant prose with stunning photography by Marcus Harpur and Clive Boursnell.

A Great Read has been given exclusive photos from the publisher, which you can see on this page.

For students and alumni, their families, Cambridge locals and for lovers of private gardens.

Following on the heels of Oxford College Gardens (published by Frances Lincoln in 2015), this book invites an armchair appreciation of the history, horticulture and atmosphere that these hallowed gardens provide.

The gardens are as rich and varied as the colleges themselves, often set within stunning architecture, and include formal quadrangles, naturalistic planting, walled gardens, rooftop oases, productive plots and watermeadows as well as the private spaces enjoyed exclusively by the college masters, porters and fellows.


Tim Richardson is a writer who specialises in garden and landscape design and history. He has been gardens editor at Country Life, and landscape editor at Wallpaper* magazine, and was founding editor of both the award-winning gardens magazine New Eden and Country Life Gardens. He contributes to the Daily Telegraph, House and Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. He is the author of Phaidon's The Garden Book, Vanguard Landscapes Gardens of Martha Schwartz, English Gardens of the 20th Century and Arcadian Friends: the Makers of the English Landscape Garden. He is also the author of The New English Garden (Frances Lincoln).

Clive Boursnell is a renowned photographer of architecture, gardens, landscapes and, above all, people. He turned to photography as the culmination of a career which included classical ballet and working as a woodsman, a farmhand, a miner and prospector and a mountaineer. He lives in London.

MARCUS HARPUR began his career in book publishing before joining his father, Jerry, to form Harpur Garden Library in 1992. He is a contributing photographer to the RHS Garden Plant Selector and the Colourful Gardening series and principal photographer on titles such as How to Garden, Dream Gardens of England and The English Country House Garden (Frances Lincoln)

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