Worcestershire is particularly rich in great gardens from the last 250 years, such as: Madresfield Court, the inspiration for Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited" and the restored early eighteenth-century Hanbury Hall, both near Malvern in the south of the county; Hagley Hall of the mid-eighteenth century and William Shenstone's Arcadian masterpiece The Leasowes, both near Halesowen in the north; Croome Park by Capability Brown and the Victorian extravaganza of Witley Hall with its magnificent restored fountains.
Dr Timothy Mowl is Reader in Architecture & Garden History, University of Bristol , and the author of companion volumes on Gloucestershire, Dorset , Wiltshire and Cornwall. On Historic Gardens of Gloucestershire reviewers lavished unstinted praise: 'Quite the best county garden history there is' -- Country Life. 'Tim Mowl is rapidly becoming one of the best-known, and most stimulating writers on garden history. ... this a book to be relished, full of detail and anecdote' -- Landscape History.