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Highlights from Issue 39 of Historic Gardens Review



Richard Mawrey argues that gardens can be powerful antidotes to the tide of nationalism that is seeping across the western world.


John Ruskin

Two-hundred years after Ruskin's death, John Dixon Hunt explores how the writer had become hugely influential as a cultural and social commentator.

Optimist & Pessimist

Each issue we bring you good and bad news from around the world. If you have news of international developments to share, do get in touch.


Flying Visits

Gillian and Richard Mawrey celebrate the history and beauty of some of the gardens that surround the lakes of northern Italy.

Gardens and Books from Around the World

In this issue, the garden reviewed is the Botanic Garden in Amsterdam (left). Book reviews are now featured in the newsletters that subscribers receive each year. However, you can still read about the best recent publications from around the world in the magazine.

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Experiments in Tranquillity

Mara Maric introduces us to the Croatian island of Lokrum, the site of a former Benedictine monastery and a garden designed by an archduke.

Poetry and Plum Blossom

Confucian scholar-gardeners have left a legacy of gardens in Korea full of architectural gems. In this article, Jill Matthews presents some of the highlights.

Enlightened Follies

As Gabriel Wick reports, François-Joseph Bélanger is now chiefly remembered as an architect rather than a leading landscape designer.

Fruitful Endeavours

Volunteers are slowly restoring the Upper Orchard of Jack London State Historic Park in California. Jenny Simpson Randall brings us up-to-date on their progress.

Parks in Peril

Thanks to the vagaries of public spending, 
many of the UK’s public spaces are in a sorry state, according to parks historian Paul Rabbitts.


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