A History of Groves
Routledge Research in Landscape and Environmental Design Series

Coordinators: Woudstra Jan, Roth Colin

Language: Anglais

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The grove, a grouping of trees, intentionally cultivated or found growing wild, has a long diverse history entwined with human settlement, rural practices and the culture and politics of cities. A grove can be a memorial, a place of learning, a site of poetic retreat and philosophy or political encampment, a public park or theatre, a place of hidden pleasures, a symbol of a vanished forest ecology, or a place of gods or other spirits. Yet groves are largely absent from our contemporary vocabulary and rarely included in today?s landscape practice, whether urban or rural. Groves are both literal and metaphorical manifestations, ways of defining spaces and ecologies in our cultural life. Since they can add meaning to urban forms and ecologies and contribute meaningfully to the significance of place, critical examination is long overdue. The editors have taken care to ensure that the text is accessible to the general reader as well as specialists.

Introduction  1. The sacred places of the immortal ones: Ancient Greek and Roman sacred groves  2.Seeing the Wood for the Trees: The long-term aesthetics of woodland in England  3.The sacredness of groves  4.The history and development of groves in English formal gardens (1600-1750)  5.Colourful groves: The origins of the woodland garden  6.Groves as metaphor for the fragmented redwood forests of California  7.Sacred groves in African contexts (Benin, Cameroon): Insights from history and anthropology  8.Groves in Chinese gardens and beyond them  9.Korean village groves  10.The shrine groves of modern Japan  11.Nature mystification and the example of the ‘Heroes’ Groves’ in early twentieth century Germany  12.Dan Kiley: Groves, space and complexity