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
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.
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
- Chapter One: Navigating the Cosmos of Family: Piecing Together the Landmarks that Define It and the Patterns that Connect It
- Chapter Two: The Place of Memory: Resonating with the Soul
- Chapter Three: The Place of Animation: Expressing the Spirit
- Chapter Four: Meaning and Memory in the Academical Village
- Chapter Five: The Place of Craft and the Role of the Artist
- Chapter Six: The Place of Humor; Artists and Artisans