a garden's purpose by felix de rosen 9781797222448

A Garden's Purpose: Cultivating Our Connection with the Natural World

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Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, ISBN: 9781797222448, Author: Felix de Rosen, Format: Hardback, 203 x 222mm, 192pp

Gardens provide a powerful way of looking at the world. Through stories and essays, this volume invites readers to understand gardens as places where we build mutually beneficial relationships with the living world around us. Hundreds of gardens from all corners of the globe are included, photographed in glorious full colour. Perfect for home gardeners, landscape designers, or as a gift for the gardener in your life, this is an ode to the wonder, design and habitat of gardens.

As beautiful spaces, gardens fill us with hope and wonder. As gathering places, they nurture friendships and communities. Thoughtfully crafted, they make us pause and appreciate our surroundings. Full of edible plants, they nourish us. Full of diversity—human and non-human—they connect us with the polychromatic world in which we live. They make us feel at home in our own bodies, in our cities, and on our planet.

Each chapter in this book is dedicated to a specific idea or element of the garden, from places where gardens grow (i.e., a driveway in San Francisco, a bathtub as a planter) to garden management (why some lawns need watering every few days, and some gardens can go almost a full year without irrigation) to color and texture (i.e., how fine-textured plants like grasses can be used to unify a space), and everything in between.