In a few weeks it is the Chelsea Flower Show that will be followed by shows, exhibitions and plenty of reasons for garden lovers across the country to have a ‘day out’.
William Heath Robinson tackled a range of subjects in the 1930s when he collaborated with wordsmith KRG Browne in a series of guides for motorists, husbands, golfers and flat-dwellers that provided ample scope for his illustrative imagination.
Gardeners were not forgotten and ‘How to make a garden grow’ was published in 1938.
KRG Browne kicks off this particular title as follows:
‘It was Napoleon, I believe, who once remarked laughingly across the teacups to somebody whose name escapes me for the moment: “These English (ces anglais et anglaises) are a nation of gardeners! Zut, alors!’ Rather a sweeping statement, but one containing more than a grain of truth. Of every ten Englishmen accosted at random in the street at least six would prove to be keen amateurs of the trowel, the shears and the two-penny seed packet. Affection for flowers of all sorts has been a British characteristic since the dawn of Time.’
He continues in this vein covering garden planning, plants and flowers, the kitchen garden, rock gardens, roof gardens and garden entertainment. However it is for Heath Robinson’s wonderful illustrations that this book and the others in the series are worth reading. He provides over 100 illustrations that are typical Heath Robinson with their humour, whimsy and sheer eccentricity.
We have re-editioned this title as an ebook and in recognition of Heath Robinson’s unique style and skill will donate 10% of all proceeds to the Heath Robinson Museum. The museum opened a few years ago located in Pinner, North London and is a repository for all things Heath Robinson
To buy your ebook How to Make a Garden Grow click here.
And here are just a few of those marvellous illustrations.