The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens

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Timber Press (OR)
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8.6 X 10.1 X 1.5 inches | 4.4 pounds

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About the Author

Linda A. Chisholm has long been interested in the way that landscape design reflects and sometimes even shapes a culture. She studies social and intellectual history and holds a PhD from Columbia University. She teaches the history of landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden and is a popular lecturer at garden clubs and other organizations as varied as the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and the Jane Austen Society of New York. She is a Master Gardener who gardens with her husband, sometimes successfully, at their home in Nyack, New York.


"In this work that blends both the intimate and the large-scale history of 100 distinctive sites--some predictable, others unexpected--we embark upon an erudite voyage through the centuries. The changes in our landscapes and the evolution of the garden become crystal clear. A thrilling journey!" --Alexandre de Vogüé, president of Association of Friends of Vaux-le-Vicomte

"Garden history made captivating and engaging. A handsome, illuminating book that is elegantly written and rich in detail, anecdotes, and stellar images." --Susan Cohen, landscape architect and landscape design program coordinator at The New York Botanical Garden

"[An] ambitious, profusely illustrated history of landscape design. . . . Chisholm's mix of history and landscape design will find a welcome spot on many garden enthusiasts' bookshelves." --Publishers Weekly

"Every garden is well represented in photographic form. . . . this makes it very accessible for those who might prefer to dip in and out of the book. . . . particularly interesting for those studying the subject of garden history." --Gardens Illustrated

"I wish I'd had this book when I was first studying landscape design 20 years or so ago. It's a magnificent contribution to landscape design history, to gardens' cultural and aesthetic values, and to humanity's relationship with nature. Every designer should have this book." --Garden Design Online

"Satisfyingly complete. . . . deserves a wide readership ranging from general readers through scholars and practitioners." --Choice

"Beautifully illustrated, it offers an illuminating look at how our ideas have evolved over the centuries." --The Daily Mail

"More than just a history of landscape design. . . it touches on art and science, exploration and colonization, famous people and famous places, settlements and cities." --The Free Press

"You'll be the most in-the-know garden clubber with this read that feels like a botanical vacation around the world." --Garden & Gun

"Rich with photographs and descriptions of how landscape design has shaped and reflected culture over time." --The American Gardener

"Challenges old assumptions and provides new insights. . . . plenty of eye candy too." --Digging with Pam Penick

"A feast of memories and a treasury of discovery. . . to be enjoyed on many levels." --Choice Magazine

"Written for those who love gardens, gardening, history, literature and art, it profiles one hundred of the world's great gardens... The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens is beautifully designed. Evocative, color photographs by Michael D. Garber adorn almost every page, complement the text and artfully convey a sense of place for each garden." --Landscape Notes

"A must-have for the reference shelf as well as worldly garden travelers." --Hortus