The English Garden: A Social History by Charles Quest-Ritson, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The English Garden: A Social History

The English Garden: A Social History

by Charles Quest-Ritson

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In this persuasive sociohistorical overview of English gardening trends, noted gardening author Quest-Ritson (The English Garden Abroad) asks, "What are gardens for?" His answer: "Gardens are symbols of social and economic status." Accordingly, he argues that money, not artistic ideals, has determined which gardening designs are in vogue. To illustrate this point-similar in some respects to the idea that lawns demonstrate one's affluence-Quest-Ritson considers English gardens from 1500 to today (e.g., the white garden of Vita Sackville-West), emphasizing the ways information about gardens have been shared. Color illustrations are plentiful, and captions direct readers to significant features of the gardens depicted. Offering both scholarly detail and bold pronouncements on the evolution of English gardening practices, this is recommended for larger horticultural collections that supplement practical gardening books with titles providing theory and context.-Jennifer Burek Pierce, Indiana Univ. SLIS, Indianapolis Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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