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Lorraine Harrison

How to Read Gardens: A Crash Course of Garden Appreciation

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ISBN: 9781789940282
Author : Lorraine Harrison
Published: 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Number of pages: 256
Language: English
Format: Paperback
How to Read Gardens is the essential guide for garden lovers and visitors alike.
Visiting gardens has never been more popular but not many of us understand what we are looking at when strolling through a beautiful garden - are we looking at an original landscaped site or a recreation? Is the planting matter authentic or made up of modern hybrids? Are the steps and terracing in the Italianate style or are they Arts and Crafts? The truth is that most gardens of any age are like a palimpsest: successive generations have changed and influenced the soft and hard fabric of the place over time. Inevitably many of the gardens we wander through today are an amalgam of changing fashions and circumstance.

How to Read Gardens provides the reader with all the knowledge they need to tease out the clues that will tell the complete story of a garden's past. From the grandest estate to the smallest suburban plot, this book will enliven and inform every visit.

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