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The Faber Book of Gardens
by Philip Robinson (Editor)
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"Gardening is both the most democratic of the arts and the most elitist. Gardens are strange confections of human desire and vegetable life - highly managed, yet remaining subject to forces more powerful than human agency. They can range from a utilitarian allotment for the production of food, to physical expressions of the metaphysical." "Philip Robinson presents here a reading of gardens that spans centuries and cultures. He is as interested in the small, private plot as he is in the grand aristocratic and imperial gardens - from medieval Japan to suburban Arizona. The motivations for gardens fascinate him, and his choices here are informed by the belief that the gardens we create reveal more about ourselves than we would ever otherwise admit."--BOOK JACKET.
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