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Gardens of the Gods: Myth, Magic and Meaning in Horticulture Christopher  McIntosh

Gardens of the Gods: Myth, Magic and Meaning in Horticulture

Christopher McIntosh

Published January 15th 2005
ISBN : 9781860647406
Paperback
224 pages
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Gardens of the Gods reveals the symbolic language of garden design, exploring the gardens of China with their moon gates and immortal rocks, the Zen gardens of Japan, and the paradise gardens of Islam. It even looks at Renaissance Italy with itsMoreGardens of the Gods reveals the symbolic language of garden design, exploring the gardens of China with their moon gates and immortal rocks, the Zen gardens of Japan, and the paradise gardens of Islam. It even looks at Renaissance Italy with its richly mythological imagery, the landscaped parks of England, and the gardens of New Harmony in the US. Striking modern examples include the Tarot Garden of the sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle. Beautifully illustrated, Gardens of the Gods also includes a chapter with suggestions for creating your own garden of meaning and a selected catalog of plants with symbolic or mythological associations.Contents are:DedicationTable of ContentsList of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroduction01 - The Symbolic Language of Gardens02 - Balancing The Forces of Nature: Chinese and Japanese Gardens03 - A Foretaste of Paradise: The Islamic Garden and Its Forebears04 - Gardens of Gods and Gardens of Saints: Pagan and Christian Motifs in European Gardens05 - Ancient Mysteries Revived: The Renaissance Garden in Italy06 - Rosicrucian Marvels and Recreations of Eden: Late Renaissance Gardens in Europe07 - Theatres of Transformation: Symbolism in Baroque and Rococo Gardens08 - Visions of A New Elysium: Symbolism and Allegory in Gardens of the Eighteenth Century09 - The Symbol-Strewn Landscape: Initiative Themes in European Gardens of The Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries10 - The Present Age11 - Connecting with Nature12 - Creating A Garden of MeaningAppendix - Some Plants and Their AssociationsNotesGeneral BibliographyIndex