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The Meaning of Gardens : The Meaning of Gardens - Mark Francis

The Meaning of Gardens

The Meaning of Gardens

By: Mark Francis (Editor), Randolph T. Hester (Editor)

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Gardens reveal the relationship between culture and nature, yet in the vast library of garden literature few books focus on what the garden "means" - on the ecology of garden as idea, place, and action." The Meaning of Gardens "maps out how the garden is perceived, designed, used, and valued. Essays from a variety of disciplines are organized around six metaphors special to our time - the garden muses of Faith, Power, Ordering, Cultural Expression, Personal Expression, and Healing. Each muse suggests specific inspirations for garden and landscape design.

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"[ The Meaning of Gardens] is thought-provoking on almost every page. It will help us to understand the why of gardening. I think I know a little better now what Lawrence Johnston was up to at Hidcote, or Pierre Du Pont at Longwood, and what in fact I am up to when I take pruner in band and go out into the garden." Christopher Reed , Horticulture "Each of the thirty contributions has thoughtful and provocative things to say about gardens and gardening, as well as about society and nature and our place within them. Taken as a whole, they stretch the mind, push back the boundaries that delimit our perception of the garden, and challenge us to create landscapes that are right for today." Pacific Horticulture

Part 1 Faith: the garden as metaphor, Clare Cooper Marcus; nature is more than a garden, Ian L. McHarg; thoughts occasioned by the Old Testament, Achva Benzinberg Stein; in the trail of the serpent - a theological inquiry, Robin Matthews. Part 2 Power: flowers, power, and sex, Robert B. Riley; radical growth - how the garden commandeers meaning in Colette's "The Cat", Ann Leone Philbrick; united we sprout - a Chicago community garden story, Rebecca Severson; power plays, Marc Treib; landscaping the unconscious, Dean MacCannell. Part 3 Ordering: garden from region, Terry Harkness; minimalist gardens without walls, Peter Walker and Cathy Deino Blake; parking gardens, Paul Groth; nature in the urban garden, Kerry J. Dawson; spring, summer, fall, and winter, Florence Krall; objects trouves, Paul Shepard. Part 4 Cultural expression: immigrant gardens on a mining frontier, Arnold R. Alanen; shared backyard gardening, Deborah D. Giraud; 96 valued places, Marcia J. McNally; social meanings of residential gardens, Christopher Grampp; garden of the world, Randolph T. Hester, Jr. Part 5 Personal expression: personal dreams and pagan rituals, Robert L. Thayer, Jr; Harvey Fite's opus 40 - from private garden to public art work, Deborah W. Dalton; the everyday and the personal - six garden stories, Mark Francis; reliquary, Chip Sullivan. Part 6 Healing: Grace Marchant and the global garden, Gray Brechin; today into tomorrow - an optimistic view, Garrett Eckbo; restorative experience - the healing power of nearby nature, Rachel and Stephen Kaplan; gardening as healing process Charles A. Lewis; gardens are good places for dying, Catherine Howett. Postscript: a garden story, Evelyn Lee.

ISBN: 9780262560610
ISBN-10: 0262560615
Series: The Meaning of Gardens
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 293
Published: 25th February 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.4 x 20.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 1.09
Edition Type: New edition