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A fascinating, definitive history of garden development and design. From the earliest documented gardens of ancient Mesopotamia to the eclectic landscapes of the 21st century, The Story of Gardening is an engaging tale of the development and design of the garden. Brimming with glorious full-color photographs, intriguing timelines that chart the histories and fashions of individual plants, and evocative narratives, Hobhouse draws on a lifetime of work to create an enlightening overview of designers and styles that...
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A fascinating, definitive history of garden development and design. From the earliest documented gardens of ancient Mesopotamia to the eclectic landscapes of the 21st century, The Story of Gardening is an engaging tale of the development and design of the garden. Brimming with glorious full-color photographs, intriguing timelines that chart the histories and fashions of individual plants, and evocative narratives, Hobhouse draws on a lifetime of work to create an enlightening overview of designers and styles that have inspired her creations and forged her gardening philosophy.
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Renowned British horticulturist and garden writer Hobhouse has once again turned to a subject dear to her heart-gardening history. This lavishly illustrated title is essentially a reworking of her previous Gardening Through the Ages: An Illustrated History of Plants and Their Influence on Garden Styles. In contrast to that volume, which presented a Eurocentric view of gardening history, this current offering is more comprehensive and inclusive, with entire chapters on China and Japan as well as a fascinating section on the Aztecs and their gardens. Hobhouse largely succeeds in being completely up-to-date, including in the final chapter an overview of contemporary, avant-garde trends, such as gardens as sculptural spaces nearly devoid of plants. A more scholarly treatment of gardening history can be found in the recent Encyclopedia of Gardens: History and Design, edited by Candace A. Shoemaker; nevertheless, this fine book is recommended for all general collections.-Brian Lym, City Coll. of San Francisco Lib.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789489449
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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Penelope Hobhouse is also the author of Gardening Through the Ages, winner of the 1993 Garden Writers Association of America's Award of Excellence. Hobhouse has designed many gardens throughout the U.S., including a section of the NY Botanical Gardens. She lives in Dorset, England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    A must-have for all gardeners!

    'The story of gardening, traced through almost three millennia to the 21st century, is not just one story but an infinite number-as many as there have been gardeners. And it can be told in infinite ways...' Penelope Hobhouse, one of the most prolific and talented garden authors of our time, wrote. She started her story from the origins of gardening: the records and remains of the gardens and parks of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia, our heritage: ancient Greece and Roman gardens. She then moved on to the gardens of Islam: heavenly beauty, earthly delight, the medieval gardens of Christendom, the flowering of European gardens during Renaissance, the English landscape gardens, the Eclectic gardens in 19th century and gardens in America. Penelope also explored gardens of China: a timeless tradition, the long history of Chinese gardening and its links with the landscape and painting, and Japanese style: its essential elements of design and its influence on the rest of the world, and the discussions on a time of change from Naturalism to Modernism (1870 to 1950), and today and tomorrow: a world of opportunities. Penelope Hobhouse limited and concentrated the scope of her book to 'gardening for pleasure,' excluding 'crops'-agriculture and functional productive horticulture, and 'Hobby gardening'-prize dahlias, alpine troughs and bonsai-all fields for the enthusiasms of experts. 'Story of Gardening' has 468 pages and many dazzling color interior photos and a very useful comparative time chart of garden development in all cultures. It is a must-have for all gardeners.

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