The Wildest Place on Earth

The Wildest Place on Earth

Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness

eBook - 2015
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This is the ironic story of how Italian Renaissance and Baroque gardens encouraged the preservation of the American wilderness and ultimately fostered the creation of the world's first national park system. Told via Mitchell's sometimes disastrous and humorous travels--from the gardens of southern Italy up through Tuscany and the lake island gardens--the book is filled with history, folklore, myths, and legends of Western Europe, including a detailed history of the labyrinth, a common element in Renaissance gardens. In his attempt to understand the Italian garden in detail, Mitchell set out to create one on his own property--with a labyrinth.
Publisher: Lebanon, NH : University Press of New England, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781611687743
1611687748
9781611687200
1582432155
9781582432151
1611687209
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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