Win “Remaking a Garden – The Laskett Transformed” by Roy Strong

Sir Roy Strong’s garden The Laskett in Much Birch, near Ross on Wye in Herefordshire is a garden I am yet to visit and on receiving my pre-publishing copy of Remaking a Garden The Laskett Transformed  from Frances Lincoln publishers, it is now definitely on my ‘must visit in 2014’ list.

The Laskett Garden is one of the largest private formal gardens created in England since 1945.  Over almost four decades historian, Sir Roy Strong, and his late wife, theatre designer Julia Trevelyan Oman, transformed a four acre field into a series of stunning garden rooms, vistas, ascents and descents. 

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The book takes us initially through a timeline from 1973 when Roy Strong and his late wife Julia bought The Laskett.   Rather than a written guide of the garden, it is more of a picture book full of photos taken by Clive Boursnell.  It starts with a written history of the garden, which sets a backdrop.   When Julia died in 2003, Roy spent a lot of his time revamping the house, and it was only in 2005 that he decided to remake the garden which is what this book is all about.

Remaking a Garden is not a book that will give you information about gardening, plants and planting designs.  It will however take you on a journey and we are introduced to “The Cast” of gardeners, builders, painters, tree surgeons and others over the years as they transform The Laskett.

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Who are the lead members of The Cast?

Sir Roy Strong is a writer, historian, broadcaster and gardener. He has published many books, including The Laskett: the Story of a Garden, Creating Small Gardens, The Roy Strong Diaries, Visions of England and Self- Portrait as a Young Man.

Clive Boursnell is a photographer of architecture, gardens, landscapes and people. His books include: The Curious Gardeners, The Royal Opera House, Houses of the Lake District, Old Covent Garden: The Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Markets and Covent Garden: Then and Now.

The majority of Clive Boursnell photographs are action shots along with before and after photos such as the development of the New Walk.

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Remaking a Garden – The Laskett Transformed is published on 15 May 2014 at the retail price of £30.   The publishers Frances Lincoln have a Readers Offer for you:
To order Remaking a Garden: The Laskett Transformed at the discounted price of £24.00 including p&p* (RRP: £30.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG146. 
*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.
However, if you would like the chance to WIN copy of this lovely book, please leave a comment to this post saying that you wish to enter together with your email address.  Unfortunately this competition is only open to readers with a UK postal address.

The closing date is midnight on Wednesday 21st May and I will draw the winner the next day and let you know by email.

Sir Roy Strong and Clive Boursnell will also be hosting a talk at the Garden Museum in London on 3rd June 2014 where they will be discussing the remarkable transformation of The Laskett and signing copies of the book. 



  1. Hi, Ronnie, I’m less making a comment to be in with a chance of winning and more doing so because I HAVE visited the garden and was entranced by it. Not only did we visit it but we had free and open access to it for four days! How come? For a brief period Sir Roy made the gardeners cottage available for holiday letting through the Vivat Trust. I spotted this opportunity and we spent a long weekend there. The cottage was gorgeous and the ability to just slip through the gate into the main garden and wander round, coffee mug or wine glass in hand, was just wonderful. The visual memories will stay with me always. I know the garden is controversial for some, and we did appreciate it with eyes wide open, but it was a very special weekend.


    • How wonderful! It’s great to be able to do that. Several years ago a friend and I stayed in a cottage in the grounds of Aberglasney in Wales. To be able to walk around in the evening and early mornings was very special.


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