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Tait, A. A.
hardback book with a dustjacet in very good condition, a lovey book for gardeners, and a rare volume
Edinburgh University Press,, 1980
282 pgs. 158 illustrations.
For millennia, man has shaped the land into patterns of fertility: terrace, orchard, plough, pasture, the unself-conscious expression of his understanding of the good earth. The landscape garden, on the other hand, is a very self-conscious expression indeed, of art for art's sake; a form of sculpture in the round, for aesthetic pleasure. As such one might have imagined it alien to the presbyterian spirit of Scotland. What gives this book a special value is its revelation of the extent to which the Scottish landed gentry, from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century, indulged their taste for creating man-made landscapes on their estates. These derived, faute de mieux, from English models, yet fascinatingly modified by the physical and ecological character of the country. Here is food for thought indeed. . In documenting all the major gardens in Scotland, of the period, the author is carrying out a form of rescue archaeology, for landscaping is a fragile and ephemeral art. It is hoped that this book will provide incentive for the future maintenance of this special heritage."