Of Gardens

Of Gardens records a great adventure of continual discovery not only of the artful beauty of individual gardens and landscapes but also of the intellectual and historical threads that weave them into patterns of civilization. Deitz's vivid descriptions and recollections allow readers to share in the experience of her extensive travels.

Of Gardens
Selected Essays

Paula Deitz

2010 | 384 pages | Cloth $29.95 | Paper $26.50
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Table of Contents

Prologue. The Lure of the Porch in Summer:
Privacy and Pleasure

Designing Women: In-Depth View of Twentieth-Century Women Landscape Designers
Beatrix Farrand and The Bulletins of Reef Point Gardens
The Private World of a Great Gardener: Rachel Lambert Mellon
"Make the Land Work for You": Russell Page in America
Profile of Dan Kiley
Grounded in History: Deborah Nevins's Landscapes
Private Visions: The Gardens of Michael Van Valkenburgh
A Cultivated Civilization: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon's Drawings of Classical Gardens
Planting Plastic: Martha Schwartz Looks to Art for Inspiration
Resurrection: The Built Landscapes of George Hargreaves
A Twinkling Terrace that Reaches for the Stars: Kathryn Gustafson in New York and France
Landform Future: Laurie Olin and the Integration of Architecture and Landscape
A Feminist View of Landscapes: A Partnership with Nature

A Bouquet of British Parks: Liverpool, Edinburgh, and London
Central Park's Bethesda Terrace and Its Restoration
Summer in Central Park
For This Movie, Step into the Garden
Rooftop Formal Gardens at Rockefeller Center
Hortus Conclusus: The Gardens at the Cloisters
The IBM Garden Plaza
A Crystal Palace: Final Portrait of the Palm House
Gardens Fit for a Queen
Hartford's 1896 Rose Garden, Whose Ancestors Were Born in France
2,700 Roses Re-create Old Garden: The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
A Victorian Gem Restored: The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
A Centennial Bouquet: The Botanic Garden of Smith College, 1895-1995
The Rose Garden at the White House
A New Memorial Squanders a Sparkling Opportunity
The Green Gardens of Jerusalem: Parks, Squares, and Promenades
Garden Letter from Greece: The Agora
The Moonlight Garden at the Taj Mahal
A Rare Garden in Barbados: Andromeda Gardens
Along a Nature and Garden Trail in Bermuda
A Walk in the Park Around Jinji Lake

The Poetics of the American Garden
1680 Formal Garden Discovered in the South
A Historic Colonial Plantation Recovered from the Rough
Fairsted: At Home with Frederick Law Olmsted
At Old Westbury, Gracious Gardens
Stately Views: A 1920s Garden Inspired by the Villa d'Este
Mediterranean Light: A Classic Italian Garden in California
Wethersfield: In the Style of an Italian Villa Garden
The American Academy in Rome
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden: A Blend of Far Eastern and English Inspiration
Far East, Down East: A Classic Asian Landscape
A Cultivated Coast: The Garden at Somes Meadow
On Maine's Coast, Vistas Are Cast in Stone
Autumn in New England

The Painted Garden: William Kent's Rousham
Painshill Park: Charles Hamilton's Folly Garden
The Waterways of Castle Howard
Reclaiming Noble Gardens of the Towy Valley
Classic Garden Tames a Fierce Welsh Crag: Powis Castle
Buckhurst Park: From Humphry Repton to Edwin
Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll
Lanning Roper's English Gardens with a U.S. Flavor
Machine in the Garden: Charles Jencks's Garden of Scottish Worthies
Sitting in the Garden: A History

The Gardens of Versailles
An Echo of a Memory: Recultivating the Tuileries
The Formal Farm: Pascal Cribier's Vision of Rural Geometry
The Désert de Retz: Cultural History Through Architecture

Autumn in Japan
Japanese Screens and the Gardens of Kyoto
Balancing Act: A Contemporary Garden for Kyoto's Oldest House
Tea and Empathy: The Japanese House, Shofuso, in Fairmount Park
Rice Paddy in the Sky: Rooftop Garden at the Mori Center
Plum Blossoms: The Third Friend of Winter

Courson: French International Flower Sale
At Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens in Romantic Ruins
Free to Grow Bluebells in England: British Prisoners Win Gold Medal
A Garden Festival in Lausanne
Epilogue. A Winter Garden of Yellow

—John Dixon Hunt

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