A World of Gardens


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A World of Gardens Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Reaktion Books Pages: 368 Illustrations and other contents: 258 illustrations, 148 in clour ISBN: 9781780235066 Category:

Looks at key chapters in garden history, reviewing their significance in the past and present. Paperback version of Hardback published in 2012

Hunt shows here how cultural assumptions and local geography have shaped gardens and their meaning. He explores our continuing responses to land and reworkings of the natural world, encompassing a broad range of gardens, from ancient Roman times to early Islamic and Mughal gardens, from Venetian gardens to Chinese and Japanese gardens, as well as the invention of the public park and modern landscape architecture. A World of Gardens looks at key chapters in garden history, reviewing their significance in past and present and tracing the recurrence of different themes and motifs in the design and reception of gardens throughout the world.
Well illustrated and wide-ranging, this book is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration.

Weight0.75 kg
'In this fascinating series of illustrated essays, John Dixon Hunt explores the influences behind the design of gardens around the globe and uncovers recurring themes throughout the ages. Ideal for both garden visitors and students of design.' - The English Garden 'Though writing in an accessible and enjoyable style, the author is clearly drawing from an impressively broad and deep base of academic knowledge and personal experience. Recommended.' - Choice 'a comprehensive work of great value; a giant distillation of the author's knowledge; a reference book that makes many earlier histories almost irrelevant.' -- Garden

Author Biography

John Dixon Hunt is Emeritus Professor of the History and Theory of Landscape at the University of Pennsylvania. He is editor of the journal Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, and the author of many books including The Afterlife of Gardens (Reaktion Books, 2004), Nature Over Again: The Garden Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay (Reaktion Books, 2008) and Art, Word and Image (with David Lomas and Michael Corris, Reaktion Books, 2010).