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Garden History: Philosophy and Design 2000 BC–2000 AD

Garden History: Philosophy and Design 2000 BC–2000 AD
Tom Turner
Spon Press
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cloth, 294 p., $75.00

Landscape architecture historian Tom Turner traces the development of garden design of western civilization through 40 centuries in a text that reflects his British perspective. Beginning with the gardens of ancient Egypt, the author takes readers on a tour of 150 significant historical landscapes. The author gained intimate knowledge of many of these sites through his travels over thirty years. He examines the factors that influenced their artistic design in each epoch.

The text is organized into nine chapters, each detailing an historical period; these are liberally sprinkled with photographs illustrating each era. Following a discussion of various influences on their design, there are simple diagrams showing examples of garden types during earlier ages and other diagrams of styles in later times. The influence of America and its landscape designers receives relatively minor mention, a fact that should be taken into consideration in judging the accuracy of garden design trends during the last two centuries.

This book is recommended as a text for students of history and landscape design, as well as all readers who are interested in garden landscapes.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden