in the Garden
Peter Sergel and Ian
Published by Penguin
AS Peter Sergel, director
of Hamilton Gardens, the 58ha public gem in the heart of the Waikato,
points out, "this is not another garden 'recipe' book; instead it
looks at the inspiration behind many successful gardens and the
adventures of the imaginations they can create".
The theme of Hamilton
Gardens themselves is "the story of gardens" portrayed through a
series of five garden collections. In this book, Sergel explores
12 types of garden.
Starting with Paradise
Gardens (the attempt to create an earthly paradise) the reader
is led, chapter by chapter, through a thematic journey of the source
of gardening inspiration throughout history. There are Artists'
gardens, Fictional inspiration, Theatrical gardens
and so on.
The writing is crammed
with historical detail, but it's leavened by Sergel's eye for fascinating
facts and a light touch. The prolific pictures of Hamilton Gardens
are chosen to highlight the various garden genre.
Those wanting information
on the source of Sergel's inspiration won't be disappointed; the
final chapter, The Story of a New Zealand Garden, traces
the evolution of Hamilton Gardens from a city dump and dog-dosing
strip to today's splendour.
Sergel writes: "If designer
gardens are to mean more than designer jeans; if we are to move
beyond the fashionable symbols, styles, colours and standard garden
recipes to design innovative gardens, then we need to understand
the broad scope of garden design."
Inspiration in the Garden
allows you to ponder the garden you have created and may help you
pursue your vision with conviction.
Gardener, Issue 158, 2004, Page 20
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH