Readership: Students and researchers in the fields of philosophy, aesthetics, cultural studies, and studies of the human environment; general readers interested in the history, theory, and aesthetics of the garden.
David E. Cooper, Durham University
"an intricately argued, beautifully nuanced and highly sensitive analysis of what gardens mean and what sort of enterprise they are . . . David E. Cooper has written a book that anyone who wants to understand gardening, our relationship with nature, and the arts will want to read." - Mara Miller, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
1: Taking Gardens Seriously
2: Art or Nature?
4: Gardens, People, and Practices
5: Gardens and the Good Life
6: The Meaning of Gardens
7: The Garden as Epiphany
8: Conclusion: The Garden's Distinction