cloth, 368 pp., $45.00
Historian John Dixon Hunt examines the history of garden themes around the world, ranging in content from sacred landscapes of the past to imaginative futuristic proposals. His work consists of a series of essays that study why and by whom they were designed, the cultural history of the people involved, and the development of a particular type of scheme over the years and around the world. Readers will find this an intriguing work that sparks thoughts on the nature and impact of landscapes on people. The archival drawings and extensive collection of photographs of existing sites reflect a career devoted to the study of landscape architecture. Despite the depth and range of the author’s knowledge on the subject, this text is never boring; it is highly recommended.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden