AdvisorZube, Ervin H.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractProfessors of landscape architectural history of North America (domestic) and the rest of the world (international) were surveyed about the ten historic and five contemporary (since 1930) gardens they considered outstanding and to explain why. Additionally, ten comprehensive volumes of garden history were analyzed for their preferences. There was a 74% response rate to the domestic survey and 51.5% to the international survey. Over half of the respondents agreed on ten historic gardens. There was 31.2% agreement on five contemporary gardens. The literature is Eurocentric. Asia, Australia and modern gardens are described infrequently. No volume covered all the "great gardens." The survey results and literature characterize gardens similarly. Key elements or themes are described. Educational background may affect responses. Similar surveys of Asians and non-experts are recommended. Understanding the important themes will aid in better landscape planning and design.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
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