Draws on a wealth of original research to present visual tours of the gardens of such arts and crafts designers as Edwin Lutyens, Gertrude Jeckyll, and Charles and Henry Green, in a volume that includes period illustrations and design plans.
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Judith B. Tankard is a noted authority on the history of gardens and a highly regarded teacher at the Landscape Institute, Harvard University. The founding editor of the Journal of the New England Garden History Society and the award-winning author of several books on garden architecture, Tankard lives in Waban, Massachusetts.From Publishers Weekly:
For people who take gardens seriously, Tankard, an award-winning author and a teacher at Harvard University’s Landscape Institute, offers a scholarly examination of how the Arts and Crafts movement influenced landscape design. She focuses primarily on the architects in Britain—such as William Morris, Charles Mackintosh and Ernest Barnsley—who provided the fundamental philosophy for these gardens. Their aim: to make gardens as integral to homes as architecture and furnishings. Their emphasis: "simple structuring... romantic, medieval-inspired imagery," stone walls, ornaments and colorful flower borders. (Tankard also gives some attention to American counterparts, such as Gustav Stickley.) A particularly illuminating chapter introduces readers to "master gardeners" William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll, whose books and works popularized the movement’s ideals. Without them, Tankard writes, the influential gardening style of the Arts and Crafts era "might have been little more than a curious historical episode." Tankard’s well-researched text can read a bit like a dissertation at times, but it is immensely informative, and her selection of beautiful photographs, illustrations and drawings lighten the book and make it a pleasure to browse. The Arts and Crafts movement ended with the first World War, but the recent surge in interest in its bungalow houses and its aesthetic principles make this book timely, and likely to draw in a wide audience.
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