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On Foreign Soil: American Gardeners Abroad
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The very act of making a personal garden implies that the gardener feels at home, and creating a garden in a foreign country requires a special character. This handsomely illustrated volume features gardens by fascinating Americans, from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to Edith Wharton and Gore Vidal, who have planted their roots in England, France, and Italy since the earliest days of our nation. <BR>In a readable text filled with insights into expatriate life, art historian May Brawley Hill describes how American gardens on foreign soil, like autobiographies, reveal the personalities, values, and experiences of their makers. Author Henry James began as a novice, but quickly developed a flair for growing flowers. Gerald and Sara Murphy lived well in their beautiful flower garden at Villa American in Antibes. Art historian Bernard Berenson loved to take walks in the garden he invariably left his wife to tend. The first book to study American horticultural society abroad, this delightful book, illustrated with period prints, photographs, and paintings, will captivate all those interested in gardening, great American thinkers, and life as a foreigner.
Book News Annotation:
An art historian specializing in American art, who also writes about gardening, celebrates still-visited gardens developed by US expatriates living in England, France, and Italy. In the context of America's perennially ambivalent relationship with Europe, Hill discusses these diverse gardens and features them in art and photo images. From Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, who had gardens in France, to a former Washington, DC journalist now gardening in rural England, she discusses their inspirations.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
May Brawley Hill is an art historian with a special interest in American art and a passionate interest in gardening. She is the author of several books on American gardens and has contributed articles to a number of journals.
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