The gardens at Chatsworth in Derbyshire have evolved over many centuries – with the celebrated Cascade going back to the seventeenth century. Many of the most spectacular features in the gardens were created in the nineteenth century by Joseph Paxton, who became head gardener there in the 1820’s. It was an age when science and technology were at the forefront of development, and Paxton was keen to show off his mastery of engineering through great designs. He imported huge boulders for the gigantic rock garden and he built a coal tunnel and several glass houses. In her book,‘This Other Eden’,Andrea Wulf explores the history of this and other great gardens of England. She joined Maggie Ayre at Chatsworth to tell her more about what Joseph Paxton created there.
This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History by Andrea Wulf and Emma Gieben-Gamal is published by Little Brown: ISBN 0-316-72580-3
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