In Secret Gardens of East Anglia, Suffolk-gardening author Barbara Segall and award-winning photographer Marcus Harpur capture 22 of the most interesting, inspirational and photogenic gardens of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex in this attractive format, following the best-selling success of Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds.The 22 gardens selected for Secret Gardens of East Anglia celebrate the culture, beauty and diversity of the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, and all deserve to be better known.
The big skies and the extraordinary light of East Anglia make it unlike anywhere else in Britain
, and offer the most amazing natural conditions in which to create gardens.
Introduced by eminent East Anglian plantswoman Beth Chatto, the gardens appearing on these pages are brought to life by the award-winning author and photographer team of Barbara Segall and Marcus Harpur. From each garden we can learn about the creator's style, their talent for exploiting the genius loci, and the specific challenges and rewards
they have encountered.
Featured gardens include:
- Columbine Hall - a moated garden with a series of green rooms
- Helmingham Hall Gardens - a gem of a garden hidden in its own moated island
- Kirtling Tower - a field of daffodils for a Tudor gatehouse
- Raveningham Hall - exquisite planting in the RHS president's private garden
- The Manor House, Fenstanton - garden rooms on Capability Brown's private estate
- Ulting Wick - thousands of tulips against a backdrop of black wooden barns
- Winterton Lighthouse - a lush yet restrained garden framing a lighthouse
- Wyken Hall - vines and roses around an Elizabethan manor house
Tour even more magnificent English gardens with Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds
and Secret Gardens of Somerset
About the Author
Barbara Segall is a well-known horticulturist and garden writer. Her work appears in a number of popular publications such as The English Garden and the website Richard Jackson's Garden. She is editor of The Horticulturist, the journal of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and also editor of Herbs magazine for The Herb Society. She lives in Suffolk, one of the prettiest counties in East Anglia, and writes regularly on gardens, gardeners and garden style for magazines and her own blog www.thegardenpost.com Her first book with Frances Lincoln was Gardens By The Sea with photography by Jerry Harpur.
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)