Literary Garden – Armchair Traveler

Another installment of my powerpoint presentation of The Literary Garden. The previous installments: Childhood Revisited and Famous Gardeners seemed difficult to read, so I’m trying to set up a larger version.

Central Park, an American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History of the Nation’s First Urban Park by Sara Cedar Miller

Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States. The 843 acre Park seems natural because it is composed of real soil, grass, trees, water, and flowers that need constant tending. In reality, however, it is naturalistic – an engineered environment that is closer in essence to scenes created in Hollywood than it is to the creation of Mother Nature.

Ice skating at 72nd Street Lake, Central Park, 1894, shortly after it opened.

Many people assume that the Park is the last remaining tact of Manhattan’s natural land forms. Horace Greeley, the famous newspaper editor, went to the Park shortly after it was opened and exclaimed “Well they have let it alone better than I thought they would.” Greeley was entirely wrong.

Today, the Park continues to grow with the times, yet still keeps the original vision of park designers Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. In 1981 a memorial to John Lennon was adopted and created as an area called “Strawberry Fields” where countries from all over the world were invited to offer “plants, rocks, and/or stones of their nations”. It was conceived as an international garden where visitors can imagine a peaceful world. In the fall of 2002, the public was invited to participate in a bulb planting dedicated to the memory of the World Trade Center victims.

Public Gardens of Michigan by Miriam Easton Rutz

Michigan’s many public gardens display the rich tapestry of the garden design traditions of the Great Lakes State. Gardens range from the earliest created in 1701 to the extensive estates of Henry Ford and other rich industrialists.

A commitment to green space, as evidenced by Michigan State University’s land-grant mission and horticultural/landscape architecture influences, also contributed to the unusual and enchanting beauty of Michigan’s public gardens.

Long the home of Cranbrook’s founders, Ellen and George Booth, Cranbrook House today serves a dual purpose. Its gardens, works of art and first-floor appointments are preserved as a testament to the Booths’ gracious lifestyle, their interest in landscape gardening and their involvement in the American Arts and Crafts movement.


America in bloom : Great American Gardens Open to the Public by Murray Alcosser

America in Bloom showcases 40 public gardens around the United States. An appendix is included for more than 100 gardens, arranged by state. Monticello and the New York Botanical Garden are just 2 of those represented.

The New Garden Paradise: Great Private Gardens of the World by Dominique Browning

A beautiful book that explores with words and breathtaking images 35 private gardens created for private clients from around the world. Explore the landscapes and gardens that have never been seen by the public – and may never be seen again.


About Jill-O

a girl who likes lakes, trees and critters; making an attempt at living the artistic life.
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One Response to Literary Garden – Armchair Traveler

  1. tim relf says:

    Like the Cicero quote.
    On a similar theme, Vladimir Nabokov said that “literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man”.

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