Lord Heseltine arboretum book out this month

Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden by Michael and Anne Heseltine is published on 20 October.

Michael and Anne Heseltine describe the 40 years of ups and downs of how they set about transforming and expanding a wild, overgrown and often dilapidated woodland into the garden they have today at Thenford House on the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire border.

Today, the garden at Thenford has an arboretum which contains more than 3,500 different species of trees and shrubs, including rare plants which were wild-collected by well known plantsmen including Roy Lancaster OBE, Allen Coombes, Keith Rushforth and Chris Chadwell.

It is also well-known for its sculpture garden, which has an eclectic collection of work ranging from a white marble Tazza fountain to an enormous statue of Lenin.

Beautifully illustrated with both professional photographs from Rupert Heseltine and private family images, "this personal story of the creation of an extraordinary garden will delight horticultural experts and novices alike".

Head of Zeus is publisher.

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