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Garden History: A Very Short Introduction

Gordon Campbell

February 2019

ISBN: 9780199689873

184 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Gordon Campbell embraces the beauty and practicality of gardens in their many forms, in history and culture across the world. He also look at variations on the modern garden, including the suburban garden, the city garden, the guerrilla garden, and the vegetable garden, and considers the future of gardens.

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Gordon Campbell embraces the beauty and practicality of gardens in their many forms, in history and culture across the world. He also look at variations on the modern garden, including the suburban garden, the city garden, the guerrilla garden, and the vegetable garden, and considers the future of gardens.

  • A celebration of gardens' many practical and aesthetic functions
  • Discusses iconic gardens from history, including the gardens of Suzhou, the temple garden of Nikko, the Medici gardens around Florence, the Escorial, and the Tudor gardens at Hampton Court Palace
  • Pinpoints cultural signposts and landmarks in gardens on a global scale
  • Discusses the future of the garden in terms of innovation and climate change
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide
  • Originally published in hardback as A Short History of Gardens

About the Author(s)

Gordon Campbell, Fellow in Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester

Gordon Campbell is Fellow in Renaissance Studies at University of Leicester, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. In January 2012, he was presented with the Longman History Today Trustees Award for his life time contribution to history. He has authored and edited several books on literature, art, history, and biography, including the Bible: The Story of the King James Version (OUP, 2010) and The Hermit in the Garden: From Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome (OUP, 2013). He has travelled widely in scores of countries, visiting gardens all over the world.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:The ancient and medieval garden
    2:The Islamic garden
    3:The east Asian garden
    4:Italy
    5:France
    6:Spain and Portugal
    7:Northern Europe
    8:Britain
    9:America, Africa, and Australia
    Postscript: the future history of the garden
    Glossary
    Further reading
    Index of people and places

Reviews

"A clear and comprehensively written account of the history of gardens. The result couldnt be more refreshing. [...] From parks and fruit and vegetable gardens to ornamental and formal gardens, he provides a concise and easily readable narrative of their evolution. The result, although described as short, is absolutely perfect, providing an overview of garden history that is succinct, comprehensive and readable." - Patrice Todisco, Landscape Notes

"A useful overview." - Mary Davies, The Irish Garden

"A joy to read" - Suffolk and Norfolk Life

"The text is lucid, scholarly and, above all, highly readable. Linking together the famous names in horticulture past and present and offering up a coherent story, this is a book to browse and learn from and I suspect it will become well-thumbed. A short history it may be, but it is thorough and good." - Buckinghamshire Life Magazine

"a globe-trotting magical history tour" - Leon Burakowski, Express & Star

"Condensed guide to garden history" - Garden (Royal Horticultural Society)

"One of the nicest little books I've had in my hands for ages ... it is the overall sweep of the book that impresses" - Gillian Mawrey, Historic Gardens Review

"As informative as it is accessible, this compact and expertly researched historical chronicle surprises and delights." - Georgina Chahed, Garden Design Journal