Gardens take many forms, and have a variety of functions. They can serve as spaces of peace and tranquility, a way to cultivate wildlife, or as places to develop agricultural resources. Globally, gardens have inspired, comforted, and sustained people from all walks of life, and since the Garden of Eden many iconic gardens have inspired great artists, poets, musicians, and writers.
In this Very Short Introduction, Gordon Campbell embraces gardens in all their splendour, from parks, and fruit and vegetable gardens to ornamental gardens, and takes the reader on a globe-trotting historical journey through iconic and cultural signposts of gardens from different regions and traditions. Ranging from the gardens of ancient Persia to modern day allotments, he concludes by looking to the future of the garden in the age of global warming, and the adaptive spirit of human innovation.
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About the Author
Gordon Campbell is Fellow in Renaissance Studies at University of Leicester, and a Fellow of the British Academy. In January 2012, he was presented with the Longman History Today Trustees Award for his life time contribution to history. His many books on literature, art, history, and biography, include the Bible: The Story of the King James Version (OUP, 2010) and The Hermit in the Garden: From Imperial Rome to the Garden Gnome (OUP, 2013)
Table of Contents
1. The ancient and medieval garden
2. The Islamic garden
3. The east Asian garden
6. Spain and Portugal
7. Northern Europe
9. America, Africa, and Australia
Postscript: the future history of the garden
Index of people and places