Of Gardens: Selected Essays

Selected Essays
University of Pennsylvania Press
  • erschienen am 8. März 2016
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 384 Seiten
978-0-8122-2354-5 (ISBN)
Paula Deitz has delighted readers for more than thirty years with her vivid descriptions of both famous and hidden landscapes. Her writings allow readers to share in the experience of her extensive travels, from the waterways of Britain's Castle Howard to the Japanese gardens of Kyoto, and home again to New York City's Central Park. Collected for the first time, the essays in Of Gardens record her great adventure of continual discovery, not only of the artful beauty of individual gardens but also of the intellectual and historical threads that weave them into patterns of civilization, from the modest garden for family subsistence to major urban developments. Deitz's essays describe how people, over many centuries and in many lands, have expressed their originality by devoting themselves to cultivation and conservation.

During a visit to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine, Deitz first came to appreciate the notion that landscape architecture can be as intricately conceived as any major structure and is, indeed, the means by which we redeem the natural environment through design. Years later, as she wandered through the gardens of Versailles, she realized that because gardens give structure without confinement, they encourage a liberation of movement and thought. In Of Gardens, we follow Deitz down paths of revelation, viewing "A Bouquet of British Parks: Liverpool, Edinburgh, and London"; the parks and promenades of Jerusalem; the Moonlight Garden of the Taj Mahal; a Tuscan-style villa in southern California; and the rooftop garden at Tokyo's Mori Center, among many other sites.

Deitz covers individual landscape architects and designers, including Andre Le Notre, Frederick Law Olmsted, Beatrix Farrand, Russell Page, and Michael Van Valkenburgh. She then features an array of parks, public places, and gardens before turning her attention to the burgeoning business of flower shows. The volume concludes with a memorable poetic epilogue entitled "A Winter Garden of Yellow."
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Paula Deitz is Editor of the Hudson Review. As a writer and cultural critic in the fields of art, architecture, design, and landscape design, she is a frequent contributor to the The New York Times, The Architectural Review, and Gardens Illustrated.

Prologue. The Lure of the Porch in Summer:

Privacy and Pleasure


Designing Women: In-Depth View of Twentieth-Century Women Landscape Designers

Beatrix Farrand and The Bulletins of Reef Point Gardens

The Private World of a Great Gardener: Rachel Lambert Mellon

"Make the Land Work for You": Russell Page in America

Profile of Dan Kiley

Grounded in History: Deborah Nevins's Landscapes

Private Visions: The Gardens of Michael Van Valkenburgh

A Cultivated Civilization: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon's Drawings of Classical Gardens

Planting Plastic: Martha Schwartz Looks to Art for Inspiration

Resurrection: The Built Landscapes of George Hargreaves

A Twinkling Terrace that Reaches for the Stars: Kathryn Gustafson in New York and France

Landform Future: Laurie Olin and the Integration of Architecture and Landscape

A Feminist View of Landscapes: A Partnership with Nature


A Bouquet of British Parks: Liverpool, Edinburgh, and London

Central Park's Bethesda Terrace and Its Restoration

Summer in Central Park

For This Movie, Step into the Garden

Rooftop Formal Gardens at Rockefeller Center

Hortus Conclusus: The Gardens at the Cloisters

The IBM Garden Plaza

A Crystal Palace: Final Portrait of the Palm House

Gardens Fit for a Queen

Hartford's 1896 Rose Garden, Whose Ancestors Were Born in France

2,700 Roses Re-create Old Garden: The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden

A Victorian Gem Restored: The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

A Centennial Bouquet: The Botanic Garden of Smith College, 1895-1995

The Rose Garden at the White House

A New Memorial Squanders a Sparkling Opportunity

The Green Gardens of Jerusalem: Parks, Squares, and Promenades

Garden Letter from Greece: The Agora

The Moonlight Garden at the Taj Mahal

A Rare Garden in Barbados: Andromeda Gardens

Along a Nature and Garden Trail in Bermuda

A Walk in the Park Around Jinji Lake


The Poetics of the American Garden

1680 Formal Garden Discovered in the South

A Historic Colonial Plantation Recovered from the Rough

Fairsted: At Home with Frederick Law Olmsted

At Old Westbury, Gracious Gardens

Stately Views: A 1920s Garden Inspired by the Villa d'Este

Mediterranean Light: A Classic Italian Garden in California

Wethersfield: In the Style of an Italian Villa Garden

The American Academy in Rome

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden: A Blend of Far Eastern and English Inspiration

Far East, Down East: A Classic Asian Landscape

A Cultivated Coast: The Garden at Somes Meadow

On Maine's Coast, Vistas Are Cast in Stone

Autumn in New England


The Painted Garden: William Kent's Rousham

Painshill Park: Charles Hamilton's Folly Garden

The Waterways of Castle Howard

Reclaiming Noble Gardens of the Towy Valley

Classic Garden Tames a Fierce Welsh Crag: Powis Castle

Buckhurst Park: From Humphry Repton to Edwin

Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll

Lanning Roper's English Gardens with a U.S. Flavor

Machine in the Garden: Charles Jencks's Garden of Scottish Worthies

Sitting in the Garden: A History


The Gardens of Versailles

An Echo of a Memory: Recultivating the Tuileries

The Formal Farm: Pascal Cribier's Vision of Rural Geometry

The Desert de Retz: Cultural History Through Architecture


Autumn in Japan

Japanese Screens and the Gardens of Kyoto

Balancing Act: A Contemporary Garden for Kyoto's Oldest House

Tea and Empathy: The Japanese House, Shofuso, in Fairmount Park

Rice Paddy in the Sky: Rooftop Garden at the Mori Center

Plum Blossoms: The Third Friend of Winter


Courson: French International Flower Sale

At Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens in Romantic Ruins

Free to Grow Bluebells in England: British Prisoners Win Gold Medal

A Garden Festival in Lausanne

Epilogue. A Winter Garden of Yellow


-John Dixon Hunt



Photography Credits
"When it comes to gardens of lavish beauty, a picture may truly be worth a thousand words. Rare is the text that can match this feat, but in her sumptuous essay collection, Deitz more than meets the challenge, crafting worlds so precise in their detail and lush in their imagery the effect is as dazzling as any rendered by an artist or photographer. Here are the iconic gardens of the world-the Taj Mahal's Moonlight Garden, Versailles, Kew Gardens-laid out in verdant glory that is made richer for Deitz's insider revelations of arcane aspects of design or development. Here, too, are the acclaimed landscape architects who made it all happen, with special attention paid to trailblazing women such as Beatrix Farrand and Deborah Nevins. A prolific journalist with vast interests in divergent yet mutually illuminating fields, Deitz masterfully celebrates the myriad attractions of gardens both great and small, public and private, and their ability to enrich, ennoble, and entertain."-Booklist "There aren't many garden books that can change your perceptions so subtly but forcefully; this one belongs in the library of every serious student of design"-New York Times "This is a book for the savvy reader who enjoys an intelligent discussion of gardens without all the glossy eye-candy photographs that pervade most books today. . . . No matter what the subject is that catches Deitz's fancy, she always manages to draw her reader in without pomposity or jargon."-Landscape Architecture Magazine "Though not intended as a guidebook, Of Gardens will bring readers to the conclusion that the next best thing to having Paula Deitz as their traveling companion on a forthcoming garden tour is to read the relevant essay in her book. In the manner of similar collections, this book might have been titled The Best of Deitz. And, as we have seen, the best of Deitz is very good indeed."-New Criterion "Deitz applies a cool intelligence, formidable powers of observation, and extensive research to convey the experience of walking through her chosen landscapes and unearthing the layers of their creation."-Times Literary Supplement "In over 70 essays, covering places and people all over the world, Deitz fuses her emotional response perfectly with what must have involved a massive amount of historical, horticultural and literary research. For anyone jaded with reading about gardens, or (heaven forbid) with visiting them, her intelligent appreciation of gardens, new and old, must surely revive and inspire."-Historic Gardens Review

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