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My Garden Journal

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Whether you've been gardening for ages or you're just setting out on your first venture into the world of plants, this guided journal provides a place to track all your garden chores, dreams and observations. Each month of the journal provides room to record upcoming chores, dreams you have for your personal space and the many wonders you observe in your garden throughout the year. Although numbered by week, the pages are undated so you can start your journal any year and any month you like. The My Garden Journal includes.... * Space for planning your overall gardening goals over the coming year. * 20 pages with areas to plan your garden layout, sketch an interesting flower or critter, or doodle when the weather is too nasty to get outside. For those with minimal artistic skills, you can use these pages for garden images from magazines or photos of your own garden as it grows. * 12 months of seasonal garden tips to give you an idea of what you may need to do in your own garden. The tips are followed by space to plan out your own garden's to-do list for the month. * 52 weeks of pages to record what's growing, how the weather has been, what you did that week, what you observed and any other garden news you want to record. * Room to imagine what next year's garden might bring. While the My Garden Journal can't turn you into a master gardener, it will make you a more organized and more observant gardener as you keep track of your chores, dreams and observations.


An Essay On The Making Of Gardens

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From the PREFACE .

To many excellent people who take a gloomy view of life, studies of art and beauty seem to be but trifling ; I must therefore urge as an excuse for this essay that the greater part of it was written during a period of broken health, when slowly recovering from the effects of over-work. Further, I would plead that a serious purpose lies behind it, namely, that of influencing the newly recovered art of garden design. The revival of garden-craft is the work of English architects, more particularly of Sedding, R. Blomfield and F. Inigo Thomas. But still, as in the days of Fynes Moryson, the formal garden in England falls short of the great examples of the Italian Renaissance; it is seldom related as it should be to the surrounding scenery; it is often wanting in repose and nearly always in imagination. During the last few years several sumptuous volumes have appeared illustrating the old gardens of Italy, yet except for a few hints given by Mrs. Wharton in her most valuable and charming book, little or nothing has been said about principles. If the world is to make great gardens again, we must both discover and apply in the changed circumstances of modern life the principles which guided the garden-makers of the Renaissance, and must be ready to learn all that science can teach us concerning the laws of artistic presentment.

I intended to publish with this essay another on the history of the garden during the Dark Ages, but here again Time, against whom I am beginning to have serious grounds of complaint, has been too much for me. However, so far as matter is concerned it is complete, and I hope to issue it in the autumn.

Everyone who has travelled in Italy appreciates the courtesy and kindness shown by Italians to strangers of all nationalities - perhaps one would not be wrong in saying more especially to Englishmen. Since I first began in the early 'nineties to study old Italian gardens I have visited more than two hundred in all parts of the country, and I cannot sufficiently express my thanks to the owners.

-George R. Sitwell, May, 1909.


Gardens Of A Chinese Emperor

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The Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanming Yuan) in the western suburbs of the Quing capital, Beijing, was begun by the great Kangxi (r. 1661-1722) and expanded by his son, Yongzheng (r. 1722-1736) and brought to its greatest glory by his grandson, Qianlong (r. 1736-1796). A lover of literature and art, Qinglong sought an earthly reflection of his greatness in his Yuanming Yuan. For many years he designed and directed an elaborate program of garden arrangements. Representing two generations of painstaking research, this book follows the emperor as he ruled his empire from within his garden. In a landscape of lush plants, artificial mountains and lakes, and colorful buildings, he sought to represent his wealth and power to his diverse subjects and to the world at large. Having been looted and burned in the mid-nineteenth century by western forces, it now lies mostly in ruins, but it was the world's most elaborate garden in the eighteenth century. The garden suggested a whole set of concepts-religious, philosophical, political, artistic, and popular-represented in landscape and architecture. Just as bonsai portrays a garden in miniature, the imperial Yuanming Yuan at the height of its splendor represented the Qing Empire in microcosm.

Includes 62 color plates and 35 black & white photographs.


Elegant And Artistic Gardening Gardens

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Historical and didactic essay engineer Arnold Regel.


Words From The Garden

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There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder. -Alfred Austin Inspired by all things green and flourishing, this beautiful collection of poetry and prose collects words of wisdom on everything from allotments to arboretums, from pergolas to potting sheds. The perfect book to dip into for a moment's reflection whether you are cooped up on a rainy day or admiring the fruits of your labour on a summer evening. AUTHOR: Isobel Carlson lives in an ivy-covered cottage in Wincheser where she enjoys reading and gardening in her spare time. SELLING POINTS: Gardening is seeing a huge surge in popularity, with more people turning to 'growing your own' Previous edition has sold nearly 5,000 copies. Isobel has written seven books including, 'The Vegetable Patch', ISBN: 9781849533775 'A Gardener's Miscellany', ISBN: 9781849532600 'A Countryside Miscellany', ISBN: 9781849535687



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