Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens / Edition 1

Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens / Edition 1

by Susan J. Pennington, Smithsonian Institution
     
 


"Using humble materials, Pennington tells a terrific story of the rise and fall of ornamental vegetable gardening between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries, and its comeback in the twentieth. The allure of her book is in its seamless lamination of scholarship and lucid narrative. The cast of supporting characters is made up of both familiar figures… See more details below

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"Using humble materials, Pennington tells a terrific story of the rise and fall of ornamental vegetable gardening between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries, and its comeback in the twentieth. The allure of her book is in its seamless lamination of scholarship and lucid narrative. The cast of supporting characters is made up of both familiar figures (Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Pope, etc.) and obscure heroes of horticulture and landscape architecture. Captivating and inspiring, this book will appeal to anyone who ever tried to grow something and eat it."—Dean MacCannell, author of The Tourist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520235229
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/26/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
153
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Looking for Beauty in Unexpected Places
Ch. 1Of Cabbages and Kings: Quintinie and the Baroque Vegetable Garden1
Ch. 2Gardens of the Soul: Ming Vegetable Gardens13
Ch. 3Banishing the Vegetable Garden from the Landscape19
Ch. 4A Vegetable Garden Conundrum: Chimneys33
Ch. 5The Vegetable Still Life43
Ch. 6Vegetable Garden Victorious53
Ch. 7The Glorious Vegetable Garden73
Ch. 8Feast or Fancy: The Ornamental Vegetable95
Epilogue: An Aztec Garden of Ornamental Vegetables121
Notes125
Selected Bibliography133
Smithsonian Institution Acknowledgments137
Index of Plant Names139
Index of Proper Names141

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