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HARDYMENT, C.: Pleasures of the Garden (The)


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HARDYMENT, C.: Pleasures of the Garden (The)

The Pleasures of the Garden begins in ancient China and ends on the Isle of Man; it admires both stately landscaped parks and a soap box full of red geraniums on a fire-escape. It shows that gardening is for everybody, whatever their resources. It features classic writers on gardens such as John Evelyn and Gertrude Jekyll, famous historical figures like Pliny the Younger, Francis Bacon and Thomas Jefferson, the novelists Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the poets John Donne, John Clare, W.B. Yeats and Rudyard Kipling.

Disc 1

  The Pleasures of the Garden
1.   Introduction, read by Christina Hardyment 00:05:40
2.   Part 1: Lovers of Gardens and Lovers in Gardens: John Gerard in The Herbalist, 1597 00:02:23
3.   Homeward by Tao Yuan Ming 00:03:55
4.   Bright Green and Lush 00:02:54
5.   Purest of Human Pleasures by Sir Francis Bacon 00:06:35
6.   A Brood of Nightingales by The Reverend William Lawson 00:06:59
7.   Innocent Delights by Joseph Addison 00:03:42
8.   Syringa Ivory Pure by William Cowper 00:01:24
9.   We talk also of a Laburnum by Jane Austen 00:05:44
10.   The Pride of My Heart by Mary Russell Mitford 00:05:15
11.   How Little One Wants by Gertrude Jekyll 00:04:22
12.   Enjoy Thyself a Day 00:01:27
13.   A Garden Enclosed from Song of Solomon 00:04:24
14.   The Lusty Month of May by Sir Thomas Malory 00:02:55
15.   A Garden Fair by Music's Tower by Stephen Hawes 00:04:34
16.   Make Me a Mandrake by John Donne 00:02:05
17.   No Nook More Eden - like by Charlotte Bronte 00:07:50
18.   The Planet of Love Is on High by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 00:04:06
19.   The Cap and Bells by William Butler Yeats 00:02:31

Disc 2

  The Pleasures of the Garden
1.   Part 2: Grand Designs: An Abundance of Brimstone by Diodorus Siculus 00:03:31
2.   The Blue Fig with Luscious Juice O'erflows by Homer 00:02:36
3.   All Is Calm and Composed by Pliny the Younger 00:07:04
4.   The Pleasant Whisking Wind by Robert Laneham 00:05:50
5.   A Prince - like Garden by Sir Francis Bacon 00:06:56
6.   The Genius of the Place by Alexander Pope 00:08:29
7.   A Labyrinth of My Own Raising by Joseph Addison 00:04:36
8.   The Horticultural Xenophobe by Tobias Smollett 00:04:57
9.   In the Hands of the Improvers by Jane Austen 00:05:45
10.   The Simplest Way by William Morris 00:05:49
11.   No Plan of Any Kind by William Robinson 00:05:57
12.   Tears of Ecstasy by Reginald Farrer 00:05:28
13.   A Garden of Sweet Scents by Gertrude Jekyll 00:08:51

Disc 3

  The Pleasures of the Garden
1.   Part 3: Practical Gardening: Whatever Had the Most Blooms by Bai Juyi 00:02:43
2.   A Full Dung Barrow by Walafrid Strabo 00:07:02
3.   Nosegays and Posies by John Gerard 00:03:51
4.   Bring Your Orange Trees Boldly Out by John Evelyn 00:08:20
5.   Vegetable Pride by Erasmus Darwin 00:05:17
6.   The Auspicious Moment by William Cowper 00:03:44
7.   Snapdragons Blooming by Thomas Jefferson 00:08:50
8.   A Bachelor of Husbandry by Philip Yorke 00:02:50
9.   Well Stricken in Years by Robert Louis Stevenson 00:08:39
10.   They Gardened in Bloomers, Punch, 1896 00:01:05
11.   A Cast - Iron Back with a Hinge in It by Charles Dudley Warner 00:07:37
12.   Being Entirely Ignorant by Elizabeth Arnim 00:07:35
13.   The Unkindest Cut by Samuel Reynolds Hole 00:03:16
14.   Grubbing Weeds from Gravel - paths with Broken Dinner - knives by Rudyard Kipling 00:03:27
15.   The Actual Tools by Gertrude Jekyll 00:03:05
16.   The Smoke's Smell by Edward Thomas 00:01:38

Disc 4

  The Pleasures of the Garden
1.   Part 4: Solace for Body and Soul: The Belly of the Dragon from the Sakutei - ki 00:03:45
2.   Invisible Wisdom by John Gerard 00:05:37
3.   A Pleasing Savour of Sweet Instructions by John Parkinson 00:03:14
4.   Killing and Quickening by George Herbert 00:04:00
5.   Fresh and Spruce by Henry King, Bishop of Chichester 00:01:27
6.   A Green Thought in a Green Shade by Andrew Marvell 00:04:17
7.   Slow but Sure by John Bunyan 00:01:04
8.   Human Grandeur Is Very Dangerous by Voltaire 00:06:18
9.   Prostrate Peas by Henry Jones 00:02:38
10.   Good Taste and Not a Gaudy Pride by John Clare 00:05:48
11.   Paying Back the Garden by Edward Bulwer Lytton 00:03:57
12.   Roses and Lovers by Algernon Swinburne 00:05:26
13.   Persevere! by Helena Rutherford Ely 00:04:04
14.   It Isn't a Quite Dead Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 00:08:53
15.   A Nation of Gardeners by Avray Tipping 00:03:01
16.   Even God Would Have to Have a Nose by D.H. Lawrence 00:01:46
17.   Egoistic Reverie by William Cowper, Edmund Gosse and Forbes Sieveking 00:04:13
18.   Ferned Grot by T.E. Brown 00:01:53

Total Playing Time: 05:04:54

Hardyment, Christina

Barrett, Sean; Hardyment, Christina; Hutchinson, James; Jeater, Frances; Keen, Will; Lesser, Anton; McMillan, Roy; Shale, Kerry; Timson, David; Whitehead, Geoffrey; Wille, Clare

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Anthologies / Collections

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: NA435912

Barcode: 9781843793595

Physical Release: 03/2010

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