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

Princeton Architectural. Mar. 2023. 192p. ISBN 9781797222448. $29.95. GARDENING
Ecological designer and artist de Rosen focuses on the why of gardens, far more than their making, in this discussion of how gardens impact the environment and people. The author argues for a broader definition of what a garden can be, including where it is located, what it contains, and how it is made. Elements of garden design—fences, paths, edgings, and slopes—are described, and there are explanations of how they fit together to meet various needs. Examples of how these numerous types of gardens would look in practice are offered through vivid, colorful photographs. The book also focuses on the living parts of gardens: the plants and animals. The author asserts that people should view gardens both as an ecosystem and as a part of a larger community. Contemplative readers will find much to mull over here.
VERDICT Recommended for gardening and environmental collections.
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