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5 December 1991
Gertrude Jekyll 
by Sally Festing.
Viking, 323 pp., £17.99, October 1991, 0 670 82788 6
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People’s Parks 
by Hazel Conway.
Cambridge, 287 pp., £49.50, August 1991, 0 521 39070 2
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The History of Garden Design: The Western Tradition from the Renaissance to the Present Day 
edited by Monique Mosser and Georges Teyssot.
Thames and Hudson, 543 pp., £45, May 1991, 0 500 01511 2
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... down the classes. Miss Jekyll would not have been pleased. The extent to which Gertrude Jekyll offered her clients the exact obverse of what was available to then social inferiors is made clear by HazelConway in her excellent People and Parks. For park designers the task was not to integrate their work with the surrounding landscape but to provide an even more illusionistic sense of escape by ...

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