Keywords in American Landscape Design


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Therese O'Malley; With contributions by Elizabeth Kryder-Reid and Anne L. Helmreich

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This beautifully illustrated historical dictionary of landscape design vocabulary used in North America from the 17th to the mid-19th century defines a selection of one hundred terms and concepts used in garden planning and landscape architecture. Ranging from alcove, arbor, and arch to veranda, wilderness, and wood, each term presents a wealth of documentation, textual sources, and imagery. The broad geographic scope of the texts reveals patterns of regional usage, while the chronological range provides evidence of changing design practice and landscape vocabulary over time. Drawing upon a wealth of newly compiled documentation and accompanied by more than 1,000 images, this dictionary forms the most complete published reference to date on the history of American garden design, and reveals landscape history as integral to the study of American cultural history.

Published in association with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Therese O’Malley is associate dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth Kryder-Reid is associate professor of anthropology and museum studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Anne Helmreich is associate professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University.

"A. . . definitive reference for those studying architectural and natural history and humankind's evolving relationship to the environment."--Library Journal

"If you want to know the difference between an arbor and a bower, or if you are curious what Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thomas Jefferson had to say about hedges, this book delivers."—Caroline Bentley, The American Garden

“…..a towering achievement.”—Richard Aitken, Australian Garden History Vol.23 No.2

Winner of the 2011 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize sponsored by the Foundation for Landscape Studies

Winner of the 2011 Award for a Significant Work in Botanical or Horticultural Literature, in the Technical Category, presented by the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries
ISBN: 9780300101744
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
736 pages, 9 x 12
881 b/w + 106 color illus.
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