Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Garden History Subscriptions


Subscriptions are another easy gift choice for the budding garden historian...I've already mentioned the journal of the Garden History Society, which you receive by becoming a member, an excellent value at £43.

I would also highly recommend Historic Gardens Review, which I especially love for its wide-ranging coverage (Table of contents from the current issue below), and its Optimist and Pessimist feature, about good and bad news in historic garden preservation. A subscription is $60 ($40 for students) and supports the work of the Historic Gardens Foundation. HGR also welcomes submissions by 'enthusiasts'...if you have a historic garden in your hometown, writing an article is an excellent way to help publicize and preserve it.

Historic Gardens Review Issue 20:

Editorials and News From horse chestnuts to horticultural schools and much more.
Letters On Hartwell House, a threatened Jellicoe garden, and the Mughal gardens of Srinagar.
Optimist Good news from Italy, Scotland, Sicily, England Germany and the USA.
Pessimist Bad news from Croatia, Sicily, Ireland, Cambridge and Liverpool.

Features:
The Prairie and the City Janet Waymark tells about Jens Jensen's work on Chicago parks.
Lyrical Landscapes Ted Fawcett on how English and Chinese poets have praised gardens.
A Thorny Subject Charles Quest-Ritson asks why roses bred in the 1920s and 1930s are so hard to source.
Teardrops on the Cheek of Time Katie Campbell writes that the plains of northern India boast some of the world's most elegant tomb gardens.
English Influences Rory Stuart on how two Italian gardens (Palazzo Guerrieri and Villa Rizzardi) blend formality and English ideals.
Redefining a Duo Bella D'Arcy takes a fresh look at the Jekyll-Lutyens partnership.

Reviews:
Garden Reviews Assessing famous gardens in England and France.
Book Reviews From China to Italy, tennis courts to politics, and Hex to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

2 comments:

Benjamin Vogt said...

This looks fascinating, especially the gardens and poets article (if that's something you're into, have you read The Wild Braid by Stanley Kunitz?).

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I second the Stanley Kunitz suggestion. And lovely to have you back. I was missing your posts ...

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