The Adventures of a Narrative Gardener

GBP £30.00



ISBN: 978-1-911282-74-7

168 Pages

305 x 229 mm (9 x 12 in)

245 colour

In association with Ronald L. Fleming

December 2020


A deeply personal memoir narrated through the lens of a garden, which shows how landscape can resonate with our past experiences and evoke memories of other gardens

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This is the story of a garden, Bellevue House, in Newport, Rhode Island, that encompasses history and memory, inspiration and motivation. Author Ronald Lee Fleming has written an entirely new kind of garden book; an empowerment guide for the gardener who wants to invest their own sense of place and family history into the garden structure. Rather than a homage to contemporary gardens, a survey of historic gardens, or a “how-to” manual, Fleming makes a larger argument for classicism as a living language in contemporary times. Through a careful mix of rich visual imagery and memoir, the author brings to life the garden he has created and explains his many sources, including deeply-held personal memories.

Author biography

Ronald Lee Fleming is an author and the founder and president of The Townscape Institute, a non-profit public interest planning organization based in Cambridge, MA.

Table of contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Foreword
  3. Chapter One: Navigating the Cosmos of Family: Piecing Together the Landmarks that Define It and the Patterns that Connect It
  4. Chapter Two: The Place of Memory: Resonating with the Soul
  5. Chapter Three: The Place of Animation: Expressing the Spirit
  6. Chapter Four: Meaning and Memory in the Academical Village
  7. Chapter Five: The Place of Craft and the Role of the Artist
  8. Chapter Six: The Place of Humor; Artists and Artisans
  9. Bibliography