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RESCUING EDEN: PRESERVING AMERICA'S HISTORIC GARDENS. Caroline Seebohm. Monacelli Press, New York, 2015. Distributed by Random House, Inc., New York. 216 pp. with 202 ills. (185 col.). 29 x 24 cm. LC 2015-938286 ISBN 9781580934084 In English.
Publisher's description: From simple 18th- and early 19th-century gardens to the lavish estates of the Gilded Age, the gardens started by 1930s inmates at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay to the centuries-old camellias at Middleton Place near Charleston, South Carolina. Rescuing Eden celebrates the history of garden design in the United States with 28 examples that have been saved by ardent conservationists and generous private owners, and opened to the public. The United States has a rich tradition of landscape design, with gardens on a scale that rivaled the great gardens of Europe, but in the absence of specific institutions dedicated to their preservation, many of these ephemeral collaborations between man and nature were lost. The surviving gardens presented here were selected for the drama of their original creation and rescue and for their historical and horticultural importance. Ranging from wonderful to woebegone, each has its own character, and each has been brought back from the brink through a combination of imagination and tenacity.
Indexing: Western — United States — Several Periods — Architecture, Landscape and Garden Design
Plans: 70,54
Worldwide Number: 168409
Hardcover $50.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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