'What Penelope so successfully achieves is casting the visions of today
over the layers of the past, contextualizing them in a way that
diminishes neither the new nor the old...Comprehensive work' - House
& Garden magazine
'Deservedly claims its position on the bookshelf' - The English Garden
A fully updated and revised edition of a gardening classic.
From the cooling fountains of the Alhambra to the imposing palace
grounds of Chinese emperors and the clean lines of the formal French
parterre, this inspiring history charts the fascinating evolution of
gardening over thousands of years, bringing to life the world's most
beautiful and magnificent gardens.
The Story of Gardening explains the origins of the most influential
gardening styles. Acclaimed garden designer and plantswoman Penelope
Hobhouse draws on her extensive experience and shows you how an
appreciation of style and techniques from all over the world helps us
to understand how modern gardens have developed.
Unrivalled in its coverage and written with the author's characteristic
clarity and authority, this exceptional book is guaranteed to appeal to
gardening enthusiasts or all ages and levels of expertise.
The Origins of Gardening: the gardens of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia.
Gardens of Ancient Greece and Rome: The beginnings of botany and
herbalism and design developments in the Classical world.
The Gardens of Islam: the `fourfold' garden's spread from the Middle
The Medieval Gardens of Christendom: The layers of meaning in the
gardens of the Middle Ages.
The Renaissance Vision in Italy: The transition from classical villa
The Flowering of the European Garden: Louis XIV's power-gardening.
Plants on the Move: Early plant enthusiasts who searched for new
The English Landscape Garden: The 18th century Landscape Movement
The Eclectic 19th Century: European gardening during technological
The Americas Gardening's evolution on the American continent.
Gardens of China: Chinese gardening's links with the landscape and
The Japanese Garden: Japanese design's influence on the rest of the
From Naturalism to Modernism: Pioneer voices as gardening goes global.
Visions of the Future: The faces shaping gardening in the 21st century.
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Tue, 11 Feb 2020 | Review by: Lorraine E
An absolutely beautifully presented book. Rich in information and with lovely photography throughout. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who loves art, gardening or botany.
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