Gardens of William Morris

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The founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, William Morris drew enormous inspiration from nature in the creation of his intricate patterns. Yet until the publication of this book, few people have realized the enormous impact he had on the evolution of the English garden. In fact, it was Morris who so inspired Gertrude Jekyll that she turned her attention to the garden.

Exploring the gardens Morris designed at his three homes and his factory, this lively mix of biography, ...

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Overview

The founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, William Morris drew enormous inspiration from nature in the creation of his intricate patterns. Yet until the publication of this book, few people have realized the enormous impact he had on the evolution of the English garden. In fact, it was Morris who so inspired Gertrude Jekyll that she turned her attention to the garden.

Exploring the gardens Morris designed at his three homes and his factory, this lively mix of biography, anecdote, and horticultural information details Morris's influence on garden design from the nineteenth century to today. The text draws greatly on Morris's lectures, poetry, and prose to illuminate his thoughts on gardening. The book also describes the native plants Morris included in his designs. Over forty plants-all of which are readily available in the United States and Canada-are pictured, and their growing habits defined in full.

The interplay of nature and art is a highlight of the book, which features over fifty examples of Morris's works, as well as paintings by Burne-Jones, Millais, and Rossetti shown side-by-side with the plants that inspired them.

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Lee Anne White
Strongly influenced by nature, Morris sought to unify the house and the garden. His designs emphasized a structured garden, but with simple, cottage-style plantings. Part biography, part history, and part horticultural guide, this book is filled with photographs and illustrations of Morris, his homes and gardens, his textile designs, and his favorite plants. It is delightful nostalgic, yet filled with principles that are as applicable today as they were in the 19th Century.
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Focuses on the native English wetland plants that Morris loved and that inspired his designs, as well as the origins of his philosophy towards natural gardens. Plant profiles consist of descriptions and color photographs of a selection of native English plants, juxtaposed with the lovely fabric designs that they inspired. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556708718
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 10.15 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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