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In an English country garden: inside the deep, surprisingly political roots of British gardening

Gardening isn’t just a relaxing pastime—it’s a hugely profitable industry with a long English history

By Roderick Floud   December 2019

Growing wild: a 17th-century fashion for tree-lined avenues such as those still seen at Chatsworth (background, centre) gave way to a more naturalistic style exemplified by St James’s Park, here depicted in the 18th century by John Inigo Richards

Is gardening just a hobby? Well, it is certainly a pastime, a passion, sometimes a chore, for the 50 per cent of British people who describe themselves as gardeners. But even if its purpose is to create an oasis of calm, it is also an economic activity. Oxford Economics…

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