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Greater Perfections: The Practice of Garden Design by John Dixon Hunt
  

Greater Perfections: The Practice of Garden Design

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Greater Perfections: The Practice of Garden Design by John Dixon Hunt

Professor Dixon Hunt's highly acclaimed book, newly available in paperback, provides a thoroughly researched, conceptual approach to what many consider to be a solely practical activity. Taking a broad view of gardens as landscape architecture, Greater Perfections explores the meaning of 'garden' and its relationship to other interventions in the natural world. Above all, it offers a new and challenging account of the role of representation in garden art itself. Though his book draws upon many different historical traditions and archival materials (including a rich array of visual illustrations), Hunt undertakes on major historical excursus: into the late 17th century and the figure of John Evelyn. Wide-ranging in its other references - from Babylon to Battery Park City, from Renaissance villas to reconstituted wetlands, from Elizabethan poetry to Wallace Stevens - Greater Perfections proposes a wholly fresh basis for the understanding of that most vital and persistent human activity: the making of gardens.

About the Author

John Dixon Hunt is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Picturesque Garden in Europe, also published by Thames & Hudson.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st December 2000

Author

John Dixon Hunt

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Publisher

Thames & Hudson Ltd

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Landscape art & architecture

ISBN

9780500281932

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