The Native Landscape Reader
edited by Robert E. Grese
This volume gathers together writings on nature-based landscape design and conservation by some of the country’s most significant practitioners, horticulturalists, botanists, and conservationists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Written with a strong conservation ethic, these essays often originally appeared in obscure, short-lived publications and are difficult to locate today, comprising a rich but hidden literature.
Grese collected the pieces for this volume over many years of pioneering research into the work of Jens Jensen, O. C. Simonds, and other early landscape architects who advocated for native plants and conservation. Purposely avoiding literature that is widely available, Grese also shares his experience of discovery. His introduction provides perspective on the context of these writings and the principles they espouse, and his conclusion illuminates their continued relevance with the emerging emphasis on sustainable design. This collection will appeal to general readers interested in the issues of sustainability, horticulture and gardening, and landscape design and preservation, as well as to historians, practitioners, and specialists.
The Native Landscape Reader is included in our New Books List for July 2, 2012.