American Garden Design: An Anthology of Ideas That Shaped Our Landscape

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Garden design in America has a rich and exciting history, and this first-ever volume traces the evolution of garden design in this country through the seminal ideas and writings of twenty-three influential designers from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. American Garden Design examines the changing theories and social styles that helped to shape American gardens.
The excerpts in American Garden Design were selected by the eminent designer Diane Kostial McGuire, and they are arranged chronologically from the late eighteenth century to the present. This organization provides an overview of landscape design thinking from formal styles of such gardens as Monticello and those of the Victorian era to the eclectic approaches of the present.

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McGuire's anthology traces the history of American horticultural style in essays infused with the fervor that in some indescribable way is unique to gardeners. In these pages the refined critic Thomas Jefferson will be found jotting down impressions of English gardens, noting superfluous garden ornaments at Chiswick and nothing remarkable at Claremont. There is also the wise counsel of Frederick Law Olmsted, the blissful spirituality of Celia Thaxter as she describes her renowned island garden, and the ideas of many other seminal figures who continue to influence American gardening. Alice Joyce

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