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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, before working for Sarah Raven at Perch Hill, East Sussex. He is now head gardener at the Emma Bridgewater Factory garden. His garden has been featured in The Guardian, Garden News, Gardenista and Staffordshire Life. Emma Bridgewater founded her ceramics company in 1985 when she realized there was a gap in the market for beautiful, practical pottery.
"I cannot describe how much I love this charming book: its ravishing photographs of flowers and chickens and bees transport you straight into the heart of Arthur's garden ... Arthur's love of living things is completely infectious and makes you want to go outside now to see what you can do in your own garden to make the world a lovelier place." —Joanna Lumley
"I love this book - its confidence with colour, its passion, its knowledge of the very best plants, and the fanciest breeds of poultry all married together with sumptuous photographs. That Arthur has managed to do this in an inner city, turning a bleak factory yard into a most exotic, duchess-worthy garden makes it the most inspiring garden book I have seen in years." —Sarah Raven