Latest Issue

Classes for grasses

Deborah Kellaway enjoys a book about how class difference has found new expression in the gardens of Britain. The book has one drawback: it puts you right off gardening

By Deborah Kellaway   February 1997

Yew and non-yew-the title spells it out. “U” people favour yew hedges. The book jacket underlines the point: a Yew lady gardener with dowdy hair, spectacles, old trousers and smart hunter gumboots is clipping the initial “y” of the title, having just finished trimming her topiary box balls; at the bottom, a non-Yew man in track suit and trainers is suspending a hanging basket from the final “w”; at his feet, a gnome fishes from a kidney-shaped pond.

The subtitle of the book reads: “Gardening for Horticultural Climbers.” It is designed like an easy to read textbook, with summaries in…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect