The Garden Against Time by Olivia Laing

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How many of us understand what we are looking at when strolling through a beautiful garden? Do we notice a particular style? Or do we take in a wider--fascinating--history? Do we understand how the garden reflects a particular vision of the joy and beauty of paradise? Laing's own look in this comprehensive survey of British gardening covers these themes and more; unleashing her passion for plants, she leads us on a journey into the creation of a safe, private, bountiful, and truly extraordinary garden. There is plenty here to delight both gardeners and non-gardeners! 

The Garden Against Time: In Search of a Common Paradise By Olivia Laing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393882001
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 25th, 2024

Floriography, by Jessica Roux

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Did you know that would-be brides used to run around holly trees to make their husbands magically appear? Or that the cowslip flower is said to have bloomed after St. Peter accidentally dropped the keys to heaven? What about the unexpectedly dark and twisted legend behind the delicate, starry blossoms of the forget-me-not? Floriography, authored and gorgeously illustrated by Jessica Roux, is one of those rare finds that's packaged as a light, novelty gift, but is secretly a one-of-a-kind read that's both enlightening and a bit coquettish. Each page introduces a different flower: its scientific and colloquial names, origin myth and historical uses, and what to pair it with to express everything from "newfound affection" to "displeasure at an outcome."

Floriography: An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers (Hidden Languages #1) By Jessica Roux Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524858148
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 15th, 2020

The Photographer in the Garden -- Jamie M. Allen

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What is a garden? Is gardening a visual art? And can a place, in all its dynamism, be captured forever in a still image? Just as gardens are a "tame" form of nature, so is photography, it must be admitted, a cultivated form of reality. It's this prodding of beautiful artifice that makes The Photographer in the Garden one of the most arresting explorations in the visual arts to be published this year, as thought-provoking as it is lush and suited to a pleasant armchair amble. 

The Photographer in the Garden By Jamie M. Allen, Sarah Anne McNear Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597113731
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Aperture - April 15th, 2018