The cover of the English woman's garden, which shows part of Rosemary Verey's Cotswold garden was alone worth the cost of the book. The laburnum walk looks magnificent, and I love the contrast between the hanging clusters yellow flowers hanging there like bunches of grapes and the purple globes of the aliums beneath, which seem quite happy in the partial shade, which I didn't expect. A bit disappointing, though, that all the gardens illustrated show a propensity to nasty concrete paving, but that was the times!
The men featured tend to be more famous - Beverley Nichols, Sir Frederick Ashton, Nicholas Ridley, for instance - than the women gardeners, though emphasis is rightly placed upon the important role women played in the creation of the English Garden. As James Lees Milne's biographer points out of the gardeners included in these books half the women were aristocrats and half the men were gay!
The collaboration between Alvilde and Rosemary was not to last, but Alvilde working with the photographer Derry Moore went on to produce a number of books on both interior design and garden design, such as 'The Englishman's room' I have written about before in connection with the architectural historian and campaigner Gavin Stamp.