- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Abbeville Press; 1st edition (December 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558593292
- ISBN-13: 978-1558593299
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,736,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creating a Garden for the Senses Hardcover – December 1, 1993
From Publishers Weekly
Here Cox ( Plant Marriages ) considers "both the sensuous and sensual aspects of plants," hoping to "bring . . . unconscious sensory experiences into the bright light of full consciousness." Lest this sound too Freudian, what he really wants to do is to simplify, not to complicate, a gardener's pleasure, returning us to a child-like state of harmony with nature. Reasonably, the book is divided into chapters that address each sense (sight, smell, touch, sound, taste) in turn, before finally taking on "the sixth sense," meaning one that "perceives a reality beyond the material world" of plants. Under "Sound," for instance, Cox discusses wind chimes and piped-in music for garden settings, as well as the music donated by nature. Under "Scent," herbs receive a good deal of attention, and color, of course, looms large in "Sight." And, continually encouraging the development or the reawakening of an "aesthetic sense," the book prods gently with color photos. But, like his previous Plant Marriages , Cox offers more gimmick than genius, and quite a few commonplaces mixed in. "A strong and trusted intuition is a particularly great help in gardening," he notes, and, "sitting in a garden, it is not hard to believe that we and the plants are part of a greater whole." People have been saying this for centuries.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Providing 160 visually delightful color photos from gardens in the United States, Canada, England, and France, photographer Pavia joins garden writer Cox in issuing an invitation to gardeners to sample appealing gardens that stimulate our senses of sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste. Devoting a chapter to each sense, Cox describes ways specific plants appeal to the senses and shows how gardeners can develop a greater awareness of color, form, texture, fragrance, and other sensuous qualities. An appendix includes a listing of annuals, bulbs and corms, vines, perennials, shrubs, and trees, specifying their sensuous appeal. This handsome book will interest readers who are hunting for ideas for new plants in their home landscape.
- Dale Luchsinger, Athens Area Technical Inst., Ga.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.