Now the strategy has been refashioned as a handsomely illustrated book, with some superb essays by Mavis Batey, president of the Garden History Society. These start with a description of the actor David Garrick's villa and garden at Hampton. The focal point of the garden here was a Shakespeare temple, built in 1755. Inside was a lifesize statue of Garrick's idol, now on show in the British Museum.
The book, rechristened Arcadian Thames, is available from Barn Elms Publishing, 93 Castelnau, London SW13 9EL (081-748 6875), £16.50 plus £2 p&p.Reuse content