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The Flowering of the Landscape Garden: English Pleasure Grounds, 1720-1800 (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture) Hardcover – February 23, 1999


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Laird, a historic landscape consultant, teaches landscape history at the University of Toronto. His work on re-creating historic garden designs has led him to construct a revisionist history of the 18th-century English landscape garden, using contemporary plant lists, plans, paintings, poetry, essays, letters, household accounts, and nursery bills. He argues that the English mania for flowering shrubs and conifers from eastern North America helped create the distinctive planting forms of the Georgian pleasure ground. This study shifts the focus away from extensive parkland to the more intimate sphere of the shrubbery and flower garden. These landscapes were not the monochromatic fields of green grass and trees we have come to accept as typical. They were filled with color in plantings beneath trees, along paths, and in flower gardens set in beds near the house. The book is well designed and lavishly illustrated. Laird's original watercolor reconstructions of planting forms show the color provided by shrubs and flower beds that have not survived. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.ADaniel Starr, Museum of Modern Art, New York
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"Sumptuous."—New Yorker



"A must-have masterwork."—Philadelphia Inquirer



"Every once in a while an academic book on the subject of landscape history turns out to be in a class of its own, a 'classic' as it were. The Flowering of the Landscape Garden . . . reads as smoothly as a good novel, explains as rationally as a textbook, and delights as easily as a walk though Painshill Park."—Landscape Architecture



"Laird's work over the past fifteen years has done much to dispel our misconceptions about the role and significance of flowers and shrubs in the English landscape garden. He has forged a new narrative which shifts the focus away from parkland to the more intimate surroundings of the house."—Times Literary Supplement



"Laird's work is not just a library product but a hands-on appreciation and ongoing dedication to his subject."—English History Review



"An invaluable contribution to landscape and horticultural history."—Journal of Architectural Conservation



"A revisionist history of the eighteenth-century English landscape garden, using contemporary plant lists, plans, paintings, poetry, essays, letters, household accounts, and nursery bills. . . . These landscapes were not the monochromatic fields of green grass and trees we have come to accept as typical. They were filled with color in plantings beneath trees, along paths, and in flower gardens set in beds near the house. The book is well designed and lavishly illustrated. Laird's original watercolor reconstructions of planting forms show the color provided by shrubs and flower beds that have not survived."—Library Journal

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