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European Gardens

Garden design and usage has been a feature of human civilization as far back as Neolithic times, when the first gardens began to be used for residential, horticultural and sacred tasks. Tom Turner follows the entire history of the European garden from its prehistoric roots right up to the present day in this beautifully illustrated book. European Gardens is divided into ten periods of history and garden development, detailing the advancement of land usage for over 10,000 years. Some of the topics covered in this comprehensive book include the Egyptian gardens of the Pharaohs, the castle gardens of medieval times, eclectic gardens of the nineteenth century and abstract gardens of the last 100 years. The geographical scope of this book covers the whole of the European continent, and touches the garden designs of North Africa and the Middle East. Turner is a skilled landscape architect and garden historian, who supports his engaging writing with his own detailed plans and diagrams. European Gardens also features almost 1,000 colour photographs from across the continent allowing the reader to see for themselves how the design and structure of gardens has developed over time. A companion to the Asian Gardens book, published by Routledge in 2010, European Gardens is a development of the original Garden History book from 2004.
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Table of Contents

Preface 1. Design Philosophy 2. Garden Origins 10,000-1,000 BCE 3. Egyptian Gardens 2,000 BCE- 1000 BCE 4. Classical Gardens 1400 BCE-500 AD 5. Medieval Gardens 600 AD-1500 AD 6. Renaissance Gardens 1350-1650 7. Baroque Gardens 1600-1750 8. Neoclassical and Romantic Gardens 1700-1810 9. Eclectic Gardens 1800-1900 10. Abstract and Post-Abstract Gardens 1900-2000 Notes Picture Credits Index

About the Author

Tom Turner teaches on the undergraduate and masters programmes in garden history and landscape architecture at the University of Greenwich in London.


Reviews for Tom Turner's book, Garden History: 'Concise and wide-ranging. An invaluable reference for students or designers.' - Katie Campbell, Garden Design Journal 'This book provides a good amount of basic material and provides a sound introduction to garden history. Since the book highlights that there is still an incredible amount of riches to explore, it ought to be able to inspire further reading and research as well.' - Jan Woudstra, The Garden, the journal of the Royal Horticultural Society a'...takes readers on a tour of gardens, garden design and the reasons for making gardens throughout the centuries.' - Suzanne Hively, Cleveland Plain Dealer 'The scope of this book is vast...a remarkable achievement.'- Tim Richardson, Daily Telegraph 'Gorgeous, yes, but Garden History is no mere coffee-table tome of all style and no substance...Reading Garden History is like taking a tour of a world-class museum, personally guided by an erudite and engaging curator' - Chan Stroman , Human Flower Project

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