‘Kelways Gardens of Delight’ is in an addition to what was James Kelways Manual of Horticulture. Gardens of Delight was first published in 1909 and was completely rewritten for this 1914 edition. Now reprinted for the first time 100 years later, it contains all of the information from the 1914 book, with a new introductory chapter by Dave Root.
This unique book celebrates the transition of the Victorian flower garden from bedding plants that were changed twice yearly, to the artistic herbaceous border, permanently planted to provide a colour-co-ordinated floral display for the whole of the growing season. With a foreword by Gertrude Jekyll, and contributions by William Robinson and other influential commentators of the day, the book explores how the connection between Miss Jekyll and Kelways helped to change the way gardens were planted and enjoyed. We are proud to reissue this work in its centenary year. Both gardeners and nurserymen will find a wealth of timeless information alongside features which reflect the horticultural interests of an era which saw the British nursery industry at the very height of its success, just as World War I was about to change everything.