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The Garden at War: Deception, Craft and Reason at Stowe

Written by John Dixon and Stephen Bann, Edited by Joseph Black
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Stowe isn’t a garden of flowers or shrubs; it’s a garden of ideas. This important new collection of essays and artwork brings together reactions from some of the leading thinkers on landscape design, exploring the gardens at Stowe as a site of conflict between order and disorder, and comparing them with Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta.

Accompanying an exhibition of historic and contemporary art at Stowe House, The Garden at War explores the gardens at Stowe, built by a general, as a site of perpetual conflict. Here the preconditions of destruction and creation are inescapable. If nature is understood to be original, then the garden is an ordered but un-orderly condition – a re-ordered vision of the natural order, a vision of nature disciplined by human action in a attempt to advance and yield control.

At Stowe, two hundred and fifty acres of carefully maintained gardens offer a complex web of views, pathways, statues, inscriptions, urns and ideas. Unlike its French floricultural precursors, Stowe presents sudden shifts of scene, abrupt revelations, as well as spots at which to stop to absorb the visual effect. There is natural beauty in the gardens of Stowe, but they serve a larger purpose than to please the eye. Beneath this facade of bucolic idyll lies a deeply important suggestion of man’s relationship to nature.

This book accompanies the upcoming exhibition "Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden" in the Winterthur Garden, April 1, 2018 – January 5, 2020.

Escape into the imaginative world of garden follies, Winterthur’s first-ever exhibit of whimsical and classic garden structures – all set within Henry Francis du Pont’s majestic garden! Thirteen fantastic structures await exploration – from a Gothic-inspired tower, an Ottoman tent, and neoclassical follies to a Chinese pavilion, American summerhouses, a faerie cottage, and creative contemporary follies.

• Paperback; 132 pages with 48 illustrations throughout.

• Dimensions: approximately 8.25" square.

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