• The Garden Against Time
  • The Garden Against Time
  • The Garden Against Time
  • The Garden Against Time
  • The Garden Against Time
  • The Garden Against Time
  • The Garden Against Time
  • The Garden Against Time
  • The Garden Against Time
  • The Garden Against Time

The Garden Against Time: The Number 1 Sunday Times Bestseller

Gardening , Garden Design & Planning
Hardback Published on: 02/05/2024
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The Garden Against Time
She did it again!
‘The Garden Against Time’ is a compelling exploration of the significance of gardens and yet another stunning example of Olivia Laing’s impeccable skills a... READ MORE
Melanie
The Garden Against Time
Recommended for everyone
Olivia Laing seems incapable of boring me, no matter how ignorant I feel on the topics she chooses. I’m not a gardening person, I didn’t recognise a single... READ MORE
Lore at Enfield

Synopsis

In this glowing tapestry of a book, we re-encounter the glories of the garden in all its potential as Olivia Laing seamlessly blends garden writing with the lives of infamous gardeners such as Derek Jarman and William Morris.

Synopsis

A garden contains secrets, we all know that: buried elements that might put on strange growth or germinate in unexpected places. The garden that I chose had walls, but like every garden it was interconnected, wide open to the world.

In 2020, Olivia Laing began to restore a walled garden in Suffolk, an overgrown Eden of unusual plants. The work drew her into an exhilarating investigation of paradise and its long association with gardens. Moving between real and imagined gardens, from Milton’s Paradise Lost to John Clare’s enclosure elegies, from a wartime sanctuary in Italy to a grotesque aristocratic pleasure ground funded by slavery, Laing interrogates the sometimes shocking cost of making paradise on earth.

But the story of the garden doesn’t always enact larger patterns of privilege and exclusion. It’s also a place of rebel outposts and communal dreams. From the improbable queer utopia conjured by Derek Jarman on the beach at Dungeness to the fertile vision of a common Eden propagated by William Morris, new modes of living can and have been attempted amidst the flower beds, experiments that could prove vital in the coming era of climate change.

The result is a humming, glowing tapestry, a beautiful and exacting account of the abundant pleasures and possibilities of gardens: not as a place to hide from the world but as a site of encounter and discovery, bee-loud and pollen-laden.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529066678
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 519g
  • Dimensions: 224 x 144 x 31 mm

Customer Reviews

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The Garden Against Time
Where flowers are, God is, and I’m free” (John Clare)
Whilst restoring the renowned gardens of her new home, Olivia Laing has written a book about the pleasure to be found in gardening and gardens. Gardens and... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
The Garden Against Time
The author's guardianship of a garden
Olivia Lang and her husband move to a house with a grand but neglected garden during Covid. Her love of garden history and literature shines through, with ... READ MORE
Jenny Hill
The Garden Against Time
Elegant and Full of Heart
Olivia Laing takes us on the journey through the life of the garden she takes ownership of during lockdown. Through the history of the garden's past and he... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley