cloth, 275 pp., $74.95
The concept of a pleasure garden, a place where plants were grown for ornament and fragrance, is traced from its early beginnings through contemporary times by Italian authors and architects Matteo Vercelloni and Virgilio Vercelloni. This translated work reflects on the changes over time from the enclosed garden to ornamented urban spaces in city centers. Where gardens were formerly for the entertainment of the wealthy and powerful, the authors emphasize that the direction of garden-making today is in urban planning for the welfare of the general public. The interpretation of ancient and Roman gardens is particularly informative, occasionally differing with commonly held explanations.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden