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Inspiration, happy accidents, and outright obsessions have all had their way with gardens--but nothing has done more to shape the modern garden than plants themselves. In a story that ranges from continent to continent and spans four centuries, botanist and gardener David Stuart reveals how the garden as we know it was created not by garden designers but by ordinary gardeners responding to exotic and novel plants that suggested new spaces, places, and means of display. The history begins with two earth-changing events--the establishment of colonies in the Americas and the spread of the Turkish empire. Both brought the first astonishing wave of flowering exotics to gardens across Europe. Stuart relates how, over the following centuries, the influx of new plants inspired a frenzy of hybridization (at first by a new breed of gardener, the "florist," later by nurserymen), which in turn led to such features as the familiar herbaceous border, flower bed, and rose garden, as well as the now little-known rockery, shrubbery, and "wilderness."

From the Dutch tulip mania, the eighteenth-century European passion for "American gardens," and on to the rhododendron craze of the nineteenth century, Stuart's book traces the shape of the modern garden as it changed with the fashion, returning at last to classic, cottage garden varieties long neglected in favor of the foreign and new. In conclusion, Stuart looks at plant prospecting today--now that the collecting of plants may prove essential to protecting botanical diversity and preserving plant species rapidly disappearing from the wild.

Synopsis:

From the Dutch tulip mania, the eighteenth-century European passion for "American gardens," and on to the rhododendron craze of the nineteenth century, Stuart's book traces the shape of the modern garden as it changed with the fashion, returning at last to classic, cottage garden varieties long neglected in favor of the foreign and new. In conclusion, Stuart looks at plant prospecting today--now that the collecting of plants may prove essential to protecting botanical diversity and preserving plant species rapidly disappearing from the wild.

Synopsis:

In a story that ranges from continent to continent and spans four centuries, botanist and gardener David Stuart reveals how the garden as we know it was created not by garden designers but by ordinary gardeners responding to exotic and novel plants that suggested new spaces, places, and means of display. 70 illustrations.

Synopsis:

plant species rapidly disappearing from the wild.

About the Author

David Stuart, a botanist, has been a columnist for The Sunday Times of London and also a nurseryman. He is the author of a number of books, including The Garden Triumphant: A Victorian Legacy.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Treasure in the East

Unravelling the Knot

The American Garden

The Bedding Garden

Classic Herbaceous Borders

The Glass Garden

From the Wilderness to the Rose Garden

The Rock Garden

Water Gardens

Counter-revolution

Chronology
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674007901
Author:
Stuart, David
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Stuart, David
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
Landscape gardening
Subject:
Ornamental Plants
Subject:
Plants, ornamental
Subject:
Gardens -- Design.
Subject:
Gardening-History and Theory
Subject:
Gardening-Landscape and Design
Subject:
History, Modern -- 19th century.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references (p. ).
Series Volume:
FM 9-40
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
65 color illustrations, 41 halftones, 1
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in 36 oz

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"Synopsis" by , From the Dutch tulip mania, the eighteenth-century European passion for "American gardens," and on to the rhododendron craze of the nineteenth century, Stuart's book traces the shape of the modern garden as it changed with the fashion, returning at last to classic, cottage garden varieties long neglected in favor of the foreign and new. In conclusion, Stuart looks at plant prospecting today--now that the collecting of plants may prove essential to protecting botanical diversity and preserving plant species rapidly disappearing from the wild.
"Synopsis" by , In a story that ranges from continent to continent and spans four centuries, botanist and gardener David Stuart reveals how the garden as we know it was created not by garden designers but by ordinary gardeners responding to exotic and novel plants that suggested new spaces, places, and means of display. 70 illustrations.
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