The Gardens of Persia

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Kales Press, 2004 - Gardening - 192 pages
Gardens of Persia demonstrates world-renowned author Penelope Hobhouse's rare ability to combine meticulous research and a practical knowledge of gardens and plants with a love of garden history and travel. By telling the story of the development of gardens throughout the Persian culture's 5,000-year-old history, she imparts a passionate view of the Persian paradise garden as a model for today's gardeners.

Buildings, water, and plants combine to give the gardens of Persia a beautiful spiritual quality that has served to inspire garden design across time and diverse cultures. Indeed, Ms. Hobhouse begins with the oldest living garden, Pasargadae, created by Cyrus the Great in 550 BC. It represented paradise on earth and spawned other gardens to be seen as settings for sacred contemplation and spiritual nourishment. In later centuries, these gardens evolved further around the world as representations for romance, power, prestige, and symbols of the afterlife.

Gardens of Persia is beautifully illustrated with Jerry Harpur's specially commissioned photographs of Persian gardens as well as with similarly inspired ones from around the world, and with lovely images of sumptuous carpets and Persian miniatures.
 

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The Greeks called it Persia, land of exotic gardens, ornate patterned tiles, and dreamlike settings: a far cry from the image conjured up of present-day Iran. An acclaimed garden expert and author ... Read full review

Contents

ENCLOSED PARADISE
8
Pasargadae
14
from desert
44
A spiritual dimension
66
SOJOURNS FOR EMPERORS
82
Hafezs tomb garden
88
Gardens of rulers and merchants
124
MOORISH GARDENS
154
MUGHAL GARDENS
160
Quatre Vents
170
Royal Houses of Persia 182 Glossary of Persian
185
Index 186 Acknowledgments
192
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Jerry Harpur's award-winning photographs have been published in House & Garden, Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, and a host of books.

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