Parking  |  Tickets  |  Donate

In Harmony With Nature: Lessons from the Arts & Crafts Garden

In Harmony With Nature: Lessons from the Arts & Crafts Garden
Rick Darke.
New York: Sterling,
Publication Date: 

paper, 160 p., $19.95

The Arts & Crafts Movement in the 19th century developed in reaction to the homogenizing forces of the Industrial Revolution and ostentatious Victorian displays. It is based on the ideals of using handicraft and natural materials in the home, rather than a particular architectural style. Gardens embrace many styles, but are always in keeping with the house, using pergolas or large windows to add a graceful, gradual transition from house to garden.

Richard Darke writes about and photographs architectural and garden details that fit the design period. He cites six English gardens, including Rodmarten Manor, Hestercombe and Great Dixter, as examples of the movement. In the United States, Frank Lloyd Wright's houses, the community of Gustave Stickley, Bok Tower Gardens and the work of the Greenes in California exemplify this style.

The author, a former curator at Longwood Gardens, highlights information gleaned from his garden visits to indicate choices suitable for your garden. This book is an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the Arts & Crafts Movement. It includes an extensive bibliography, along with sources for art and artifacts.

— Adele Kleine, Volunteer, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden, and contributing writer to Chicagoland Gardening magazine.