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Free garden books and much more


A nice commenter on my blog left a link to’s ebook giveaway. In October, you can download Tom Turner’s The Principles of Garden Design and 24 Historic Styles of Garden Design. Even more interesting, while clicking around the site, I noticed there was a sizable ebooks section with free digital versions of books by Gertrude Jeckyll, Humphry Repton (mentioned in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park) and Andrew Jackson Downing. Indeed, the site seems to be a treasure trove of British landscape design history and lore.

But wait, that’s not all! The reason I got a comment at all was to inform me that gardenvisit also has an aerial, clickable view of Sonnenberg Gardens. They also have summaries and maps of public gardens all over the world, including England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Japan, Italy, Spain, and China. If you don’t know about this site, it is well worth checking out.

Posted by on September 7, 2008 at 5:00 am, in the category Real Gardens.
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  1. Lois, Zone 5 says:

    Full text books by Jekyll, Repton, Downing and many others are also available online, at no charge, via