Product Description: Gardening as a Sacred Art
Gardening as a Sacred Art; This beautifully illustrated book presents a history of our relationship with nature. Beginning with the civilisations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, when gardens served as ‘the dwelling place of the gods’. Tracing history through subsequent epochs, the author shows how human awareness of the divine presence in nature gradually eclipsed.
As nature came to be viewed primarily as a physical resource to be controlled and exploited by us. This reflected in the ordered, rational designs imposed on such gardens as Versailles. More recently, gardening has come to be seen less as an instrument of control than as an art in its own right, enhancing nature’s inherent beauty. Jeremy Naydler suggests that the future of gardening lies not simply in its being regarded as an art but as a sacred art; which once again honours and works with the spiritual dimension intrinsic to nature. Full colour throughout.