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The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness
by John Hanson Mitchell
University Press of New England, 2015
eISBN: 978-1-61168-774-3 | Paper: 978-1-61168-720-0
Library of Congress Classification SB457.85.M58 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 635

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This is the ironic story of how Italian Renaissance and Baroque gardens encouraged the preservation of the American wilderness and ultimately fostered the creation of the world’s first national park system. Told via Mitchell’s sometimes disastrous and humorous travels—from the gardens of southern Italy up through Tuscany and the lake island gardens—the book is filled with history, folklore, myths, and legends of Western Europe, including a detailed history of the labyrinth, a common element in Renaissance gardens. In his attempt to understand the Italian garden in detail, Mitchell set out to create one on his own property—with a labyrinth.

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