New garden history book from Vanessa Berridge

Vanessa Berridge has written The Princess's Garden: Royal Intrigue and the Untold Story of Kew, "the untold story of how our national obsession with gardening came to be".

She says that national influence in the early eighteenth century was not measured by sporting success or musical or artistic influence, but was expressed in the design of parks and gardens such as Kew and Stowe and the style of these grand gardens was emulated first throughout Britain and then increasingly around the world.

She added: "Augusta of Saxe-Gotha arrived in England aged 16, speaking barely any English, to be married to the wild Prince Frederick, the reviled eldest son of George II. Her lifelong association with Kew Gardens, and that of her husband and their close friend, Lord Bute, would prove to be one that changed the face of British gardening forever. In this book, Vanessa Berridge tells a tangled tale of royal intrigue, scandal and determination in the Georgian court and draws us into the politically charged world of garden design."

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