The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness

by John Hanson Mitchell | Travel |
ISBN: 9781582432151 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 10/15/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, October 15, 2019
I got this softcover at a local Savers thrift shop. Interestingly, despite the title, most of the book's about the author's attempts to mimic some aspects of Italianate design in his own corner of the world, which is somewhere in Littleton MA, west of Boston and not that far from me. [I visit a few LFLs there regularly!] He does describe some of the classic gardens in Italy and those in other places inspired by the Italian ones, and brings in the elements of mazes and labyrinths - and the Greek god Pan - quite often; when he finds a way to incorporate a maze on his own land, and finds a suitable Pan statue to add to his hardscape, I was quite charmed. [And inspired; I have room to do a meditation labyrinth on my own land if I just pull myself together and get at it. A nice way to replace some lawn, too...]

There are touches of history, art, religion, travel, and - yes - gardening, all woven into an intriguing memoir.

Released 2 mos ago (5/31/2020 UTC) at Little Free Library, Oak Hill Trail in Concord, New Hampshire USA


Guidelines for safely visiting and stocking Little Free Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, from the LFL site here.

I left this book in the Little Free Library at the trailhead off of Shaker Road; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

*** Released for the 2020 April Showers/May Flowers challenge. ***

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