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- DescriptionThis title encounters an urban landscape through the eye of a gardener.New to living and gardening in Philadelphia, Sharon White begins a journey through the landscape of the city, past and present, in Vanished Gardens. In prose, w as precise and considered as the paths in a parterre, w as flowing and lyrical as an Olmsted vista, White explores the city as a part of its ecosystem and animates the lives of individual gardeners and naturalists working in the area around her home.In one section of the book, White tours the gardens of colonial botanist John Bartram; his wife, Ann; and their son, writer and naturalist William. Other chapters focus on Deborah Logan, who kept a record of her life on a large farm in the late eighteenth century, and Mary Gibson Henry, twentieth-century botanist, plant collector, and namesake of the lily Hymecallis henryae. Throughout White weaves passages from diaries, letters, and memoirs from significant Philadephia gardeners into her own striking prose, transforming each place she examines into a palimpsest of the underlying earth and the human landscapes layered over it.White gives a surprising portrait of the resilience and richness of the natural world in Philadelphia and of the ways that gardening can connect nature to urban space. She shows that although gardens may vanish forever, the meaning and solace inherent in the act of gardening is always waiting to be discovered anew.
- Author BiographySharon White is the author of Field Notes: A Geography of Mourning and Bone House and is a lecturer in English at Temple University. She lives and gardens in Philadelphia and Brownsville, Vermont.
- Author(s)Sharon White
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication15/09/2008
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine25 mm
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