John Hanson Mitchell, "The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness"
English | ISBN: 1611687209 | 2015 | 214 pages | PDF | 4 MB
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 worlds first national park system. Told via Mitchells 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.