A Natural History Of English Gardening: 1650?1800 by Mark LairdA Natural History Of English Gardening: 1650?1800 by Mark Laird

A Natural History Of English Gardening: 1650?1800

byMark Laird

Hardcover | June 16, 2015

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A beautifully illustrated exploration of the quest for order within the garden, and within the natural world

Inspired by the pioneering naturalist Gilbert White, who viewed natural history as the common study of cultural and natural communities, Mark Laird unearths forgotten historical data to reveal the complex visual cultures of early modern gardening. Ranging from climate studies to the study of a butterfly’s life cycle, this original and fascinating book examines the scientific quest for order in nature as an offshoot of ordering the garden and field. Laird follows a broad series of chronological events—from the Little Ice Age winter of 1683 to the drought summer of the volcanic 1783—to probe the nature of gardening and husbandry, the role of amateurs in scientific disciplines, and the contribution of women as gardener-naturalists. Illustrated by a stunning wealth of visual and literary materials—paintings, engravings, poetry, essays, and letters, as well as prosaic household accounts and nursery bills—Laird fundamentally transforms our understanding of the English landscape garden as a powerful cultural expression.
Mark Laird is a historic landscape consultant and garden conservator and teaches landscape history at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Previous books include The Flowering of the Landscape Garden: English Pleasure Grounds, 1720–1800 and Mrs. Delany and Her Circle (Yale).
Title:A Natural History Of English Gardening: 1650?1800Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 11.5 × 10.25 × 0.98 inPublished:June 16, 2015Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300196369

ISBN - 13:9780300196368

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Editorial Reviews

“Find food for thought in A Natural History of English Gardening . . . Through period literature, artwork, and scientific data, author Mark Laird explores the cultural heritage shaped by early efforts to bring order and understanding to botanical majesty.”—Victoria magazine