“Many garden books focus on horticultural or design aspects but rarely does one come along that is a philosophical memoir. Mr. Newhall has captured and clarified the essence of his life experiences through the physical forms of 54 individual gardens.”
Imagine the solitude of Adirondack’s Glen, stopping a while at the River Styx or along the Obelisk Walk. Relax in the intimacy of Pug’s Den, explore the beauty of the Secret Garden or perch atop Ariadne’s Throne. From the symmetry of Undines Garden to majestic view from Brants Balustrade, every one of the 54 gardens of Amy and Charles Newhall tells a unique and poignant story. A feast for the eye. A dialogue between the head and the heart. An excerpt from Brightside Gardens – ELYSIUM Gardens are the still waters of our lives. The only certainty about a garden is that it changes each day. Gardens are creatures that have their own lives. Brightside is our dance to the music of time played out amid the shadows of great oak trees, where the sun and trees create a kaleidoscope of dappled light and shadows. Emblem books, developed in the Renaissance, illustrated and told stories that taught us life lessons. The garden is the emblem book of our lives. The fire of light ignites, glows in crimson flames, smolders as golden embers, and lies mute as gray ashes. The form and shape of Brightside Gardens began as a reflection of the colors and patterns within the Newhall home, and the classical and neoclassical references appear throughout the gardens. The narrative that accompanies this brilliant collection of over 250 images of plants, trees, statuary, water, and stone helps to elevate our understanding of human nature through the stories these gardens tell.
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About the author
As an author, Vietnam Veteran, and Venture Capitalist, Chuck has had a life full of both great challenges and admirable successes. His books take readers on a journey through his life starting with Fearful Odds, which recounts his service in Vietnam for which he earned a Purple Heart along with other distinguished medals. As a result of the war, Chuck experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that had a devastating impact on his life, further complicated when his first wife died by suicide. His second book, Brightside Gardens, is the story of building a formal garden with 54 garden rooms, over a 40-year period as a coping mechanism for dealing with PTSD. Chuck’s third book, Dare Disturb the Universe, tells the story of his career as a pioneer in venture capitalism and how his obsession with the New Enterprise Associates (NEA) was a defense mechanism for dealing with depression.