“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. This is the story of how he and his wife Amy transformed their woodland property into a series of vignettes that incorporate mythological, mystical and even military references. Furthermore, a strong theme of family marches through this mythical wonderland. The gardens are decorated with flawless statuary that aid in interpreting the significance of each space in terms of the owners lives, beliefs and sorrows. You will visit a myriad of countries and cultures through their vast and important groupings of natural elements, plant material and ornaments. Mr. Newhall has melded his personal perspective with his imagination to create parables for each and every locale. The woodland gardens depicted here in lush photographs and explained in lively captions portray an intensely personal and yet universal experience. The reader has the freedom to follow the fantasies and sense this extraordinary property as if he were walking through it. This is a rare and unusual account that will charm and challenge you to understand the emotional as well as the visual impact of a garden.”

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