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Nation of gardeners

Nation of gardeners: "Pests in the Garden", a 1930s cartoon, is one of 21 colour plates (there are 87 black-and-white illustrations, too) in The Gardens of the British Working Class by Margaret Willes, for-merly of the National Trust, a gardening historian whose engaging chronicle takes in 16th-century husbandry, Victorian poverty, philanthropists, slum clearance, changing tastes, the influence of humble gardens on the wealthy, the competitive spirit, "Digging for Victory", gnomes, ...

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