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American Eden : from Monticello to Central Park to our backyards : what our gardens tell us about who we are

by Graham, Wade.

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From Frederick Law Olmsted to Richard Neutra, Michelle Obama to our neighbors, Americans throughout history have revealed something of themselves--their personalities, desires, and beliefs--in the gardens they create. Rooted in the time and place of their making, as much as in the minds and identiti... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Founding gardens (1600-1826)
  • A walk in the park: suburbia and the sublime (1820-1890)
  • The golden age: modernity and its discontents (1880-1915)
  • Forward to the past: the long romance of the arts & crafts garden (1850-1945)
  • California and the modern garden (1920-1960s)
  • Art confronts nature, redux: triumphs and anxieties of landscape architecture (1940s-2000s)
  • All our missing parts: money and virtue in the go-go years.