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Profiles one of the founders of the Arts & Crafts movement, shows his home and garden, and looks at how plants inspired his designs
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The founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, William Morris drew enormous inspiration from nature in the creation of his intricate patterns. Yet until the publication of this book, few people have realized the enormous impact he had on the evolution of the English garden. In fact, it was Morris who so inspired Gertrude Jekyll that she turned her attention to the garden.
Exploring the gardens Morris designed at his three homes and his factory, this lively mix of biography, anecdote, and horticultural information details Morris's influence on garden design from the nineteenth century to today. The text draws greatly on Morris's lectures, poetry, and prose to illuminate his thoughts on gardening. The book also describes the native plants Morris included in his designs. Over forty plants-all of which are readily available in the United States and Canada-are pictured, and their growing habits defined in full.
The interplay of nature and art is a highlight of the book, which features over fifty examples of Morris's works, as well as paintings by Burne-Jones, Millais, and Rossetti shown side-by-side with the plants that inspired them.Review:
"'This is an enormously enjoyable book, with a lively text and excellent photographs... essential reading for all William Morris fans and anyone interested in the trend towards gardening with, not against, nature.' Gardens Illustrated 'So this is where this Victorian reformer-conservationist, visionary and craftsman got his ideas for his fabrics and wallpapers: in the gardens he made, illustrated here.' Fred Whitsey, Daily Telegraph"
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