The Authentic Garden

The Authentic Garden

Five Principles for Cultivating A Sense of Place

Book - 2007
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"American gardeners have tended to turn to other national traditions - such as Italy's, Japan's, or England's - for inspiration. The unhappy result of this piecemeal stylistic borrowing has been the creation of gardens that bear no relationship to local landscapes and history, and that have no connection with our daily lives. In this cogently reasoned and persuasively argued volume, Claire Sawyers aims to show how this tendency can be reversed: how we can create gardens that are hath deeply rooted in their surroundings and deeply satisfying to their creators and owners."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2007
ISBN: 0881928313
Branch Call Number: 712.6 SAW
Characteristics: 285 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm

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Feb 17, 2018

While I appreciate her arguments, I doubt that these concepts are teachable. Either an individual has a sense of local flavor or they don't. You can't copy authentic style. But her frustration with fake japanese gardens certainly rings a familiar note, esp. in the Pacific Northwest.


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