How to Read Gardens: A crash course in garden appreciation
by Lorraine Harrison
The truth is that most gardens of any age are like a palimpsest: successive generations have changed and influenced the soft and hard fabric of the place over time. Inevitably many of the gardens we wander through today are an amalgam of changing fashions and circumstance. Garden landscapes can plot the rise and fall of a family’s fortunes, record man’s exploratory spirit through the introduction of foreign plant species, and chart the destruction (and regeneration) caused by natural disasters.
How to Read Gardens provides you with all the knowledge you needs to tease out the clues that will tell the complete story of a garden’s past. From the grandest estate to the smallest suburban plot, this book will enliven and inform every future garden visit.
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