The Pottery Gardener: Flowers and Hens at the Emma Bridgewater Factory (Paperback)
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The Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent is a mecca for lovers of its iconic pottery, known for its designs featuring florals and farmyard animals. Today, it is a thriving visitor attraction; but tucked within is a walled garden bursting with nectar-rich, jazzy-toned flowers and hen houses of rare-breed chickens. In this beautiful book, the site’s gardener, florist and poultry keeper Arthur Parkinson descriptively and visually shares his work. Inspired by his friend and idol, gardener and florist Sarah Raven, and childhood hen-keeping pen pal the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Parkinson’s creation is one of resplendent flowers, platoon feather-legged hens, handwritten blackboards, flower arranging and wasteland foliage foraging carried out in one of the most unlikely places a garden could happen to exist: a working pottery. With seasonal tips on container planting in your own garden, plant profiles and helpful guides to keeping fowl and arranging home-grown flowers, The Pottery Gardener is sure to delight gardeners, hen fanciers and Bridgewater fans alike.
About the Author
Arthur Parkinson trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew, and is now head gardener at the Emma Bridgewater Factory garden. Emma Bridgewater founded her ceramics company in 1985 when she realized there was a gap in the market for beautiful, practical pottery.