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In harmony with nature : lessons from the Arts & crafts garden
Darke, Rick.
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Publication Information:
New York : Friedman/Fairfax, [2000]

Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
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SB454.3.A76 D37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The Arts and Crafts aesthetic celebrates a sophisticated marriage of nature and culture, an ideal that is beautifully embodied in the gardens of the period. See why, by looking through magnificently preserved or restored gardens in the U.S. and England. Here is the Arts and Crafts artistic philosophy, along with lavish photos and detailed discussion of its landscape design. Sidebars offer specific ways to bring designer touches to your own garden, from pergolas to choosing the right plants.

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The principles of the arts and crafts movement remain as vital for gardeners today as when they were first articulated in the 1800s. Darke highlights a number of important homes and garden settings associated with arts and crafts style to underscore how design elements make reference to nature, thereby creating harmonious kinships between the indoor environment of a home and its outdoor spaces. Quoting seminal figures such as Morris, Ruskin, Emerson, and garden writers Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson, Darke reexamines the pertinence of arts and crafts ideals for our own gardens. In sidebar boxes he suggests specific plants and planting methods, and types of materials and decorative embellishments, consistently providing the ways and means to tap into the philosophy of an arts and crafts mindset. A bevy of beautiful photographs illustrates Darke's thoughtful and inspiring ruminations. --Alice Joyce