Bettina Harden, The Most Glorious Prospect, Graffeg

Bettina Harden

Bettina Harden spent her working life as a publisher of books on art, architecture and design. As an historic garden owner with a passion for garden history, she has brought many years of research into her first book about garden visiting in Wales. Bettina was Chair of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust 1997-2003 and founder Chair of the Trustees of The Gateway Gardens Trust, the first charity devoted to extending access to heritage through social inclusion.

Bettina gained her MA in Garden History from the University of Buckingham in 2014.

Bettina published her book The Most Glorious Prospect with Graffeg in October 2017. The Most Glorious Prospect reveals the historic gardens of Wales as experienced by contemporary visitors during the 17th and 18th century.


The Most Glorious Prospect by Bettina Harden

Reveals the history of garden visiting in Wales between the years 1639-1900 – a bygone era of garden visiting brought to life using travellers’ diaries, letters and experiences. Bettina Harden documents the historic gardens of Wales as experienced by contemporary travellers in a book that is endlessly fascinating, intricately detailed and delightfully humorous. This is an authoritative insight into how the great gardens were first made accessible to the polite world, before being opened up to a wider middle-class audience.

ISBN: 9781910862629, £30
Publication 19 October 2017