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Radical gardening: politics, idealism & rebellion in the garden

Mckay, GA 2011, Radical gardening: politics, idealism & rebellion in the garden , Frances Lincoln, London.

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Abstract

'War is the natural occupation of man … war-and gardening.' Winston Churchill to Siegfried Sassoon, 1918 In the common public perception, contemporary gardening is understood as suburban, as leisure activity, as television makeover opportunity. Its origins are seen as religious or spiritual (Garden of Eden), military (the clipped lawn, the ha-ha and defensive ditches), aristocratic or monarchical (the stately home, the Royal Horticultural Society). Radical Gardening travels an alternative route, through history and across landscape, linking propagation with propaganda. For everyday garden life is not only patio, barbecue, white picket fence, topiary, herbaceous border.… From window box to veggie box, from political plot to flower power, this book uncovers and celebrates moments, movements, gestures, of a people's approach to gardens and gardening. It weaves together garden history with the counterculture, stories of individual plants with discussion of government policy, the social history of campaign groups with the pleasure and dirt of hands in the earth, as well as media, pop and art references, to offer an informing and inspiring new take on an old subject.

Item Type: Book
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780711230309
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Funders: Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust grant
Depositing User: Prof George McKay
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2011 08:39
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2014 09:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16783

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