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Music for a Lady Gardener

Music for a Lady Gardener

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21 tracks 62 min
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Favourite songs for gardening

From 'Red roses for a blue Lady' to 'Come into the garden, Maude', this collection of timeless musical souvenirs will delight the lady gardener, and perhaps her husband too! Music to take the strain out of putting your back into it!

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Music for a Lady Gardener

From 'Red roses for a blue lady' to 'Come into the garden, Maude', this collection of timeless musical souvenirs will delight the lady gardener, and perhaps her husband too! Music to take the strain out of putting your back into it!

1. An apple for the teacher Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell
2. No orchids for my lady Joe Loss & his orchestra with Howard Jones
3. We'll gather lilacs Geraldo & his orchestra with Sally Douglas
4. Ramblin' rose Benny Lee & The Keynotes
5. Lavender blue Donald Peers
6. Strawberry fair The Mills Brothers
7. Red roses for a blue lady Vaughn Monroe
8. Rosy apples Evelyn Knight
9. My lady greensleeves Luton Girls Choir
10. Come into the garden, Maude John McCormack
11. Summertime Jane Powell
12. In a shady nook Donald Peers
13. The purtest little tree Evelyn Knight
14. Sunflower Russ Morgan
15. Trees Luton Girls Choir
16. The garden where the praties grow John McCormack
17. By the river of roses Ivy Benson
18. I heard a robin singing Luton Girls Choir
19. Down by the Sally Gardens John McCormack
20. If I were a blackbird Ronnie Ronalde
21. It might as well be spring Dick Haymes

This compilation P & C 2004 Classical Communications Ltd
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Programme notes by Martin Moritz
Made in Great Britain

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Music for a Lady Gardener

The last century has seen enormous changes in the professional gardening world. Women gardeners have removed their aprons, deserted their kitchens and are wielding their influence in domestic gardens, the centres we buy our gardening supplies from, books and periodicals and in the burgeoning video and DVD market.

We shall look at the lives of two famous women gardeners. They were both prolific writers and their own individual approaches and philosophies have had a profound effect on gardening today.

The English poet and novelist, Vita Sackville-West was born in 1892 into an old aristocratic family. She wrote about the Kentish countryside and in 1927 her best-known poem, 'The Land' was awarded the Hawthorne Prize. Between 1906 and 1910, she produced eight novels and five plays. In 1913, she married the diplomat and critic, Harold Nicholson. They both subsequently led controversial private lives, most notably Vita's association with Virginia Woolf.

Her husband decided, in 1929, to resign from the foreign office and devote himself to writing. They bought the almost derelict Sissinghurst Castle in Kent and began its restoration. Although she is remembered for her services to literature for which she was made Companion of Honour, her most enduring work is for the garden at the castle, which has become one of the most internationally famous of gardens. She wrote a weekly gardening column for The Observer newspaper for many years and these were published as four separate collections in the 1950s. Her passion for gardening was rewarded in 1955 by the Royal Horticultural Society. She died of cancer in 1962.

Edna Walling was one of Australia's finest and most influential landscape designers She is also remembered for her photography, gardening and landscape books, magazine articles, and the creation of Bickleigh Vale, a village of English-style cottages in Victoria, Australia. She was instrumental in transforming Australia's approach to gardening, seen by most women, prior to her arrival, as nothing more than an extension to their home making duties.

She was born on December 4th 1895 in Yorkshire. The Walling family lived in the village of Bickleigh in Devon before migrating to, first, New Zealand and then Australia in 1914. Edna and her father enjoyed walking together in the English countryside and her later garden designs would reflect elements of the gardens and countryside they visited. After completing a horticultural course, she began work as jobbing gardener. In 1921, she bought three acres of land in Mooroolbark in Melbourne and built her first home, which she called Sonning, recalling an English garden she had visited.

Between the 1920s and 1960s, her many commissions included designs for villages and private gardens and she created the lily pond for Melba's residence in Coldstream, Victoria. Her garden designs vary greatly and include city and country cottage gardens, in which stone paths and low walls, carefully cut and well placed, are the key elements. During this period, she wrote several books on gardening as well as contributing articles to magazines devoted to the home. She was also a frequent broadcaster. She retired to a cottage in Queensland where she died on August 8th 1973.

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