Nature Over Again
The Garden Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay
Distributed for Reaktion Books
An accomplished Scottish poet, writer, artist, and gardener, Finlay infused his garden designs with his distinct aesthetic philosophy and poetic sensibility. John Dixon Hunt situates his analysis of Finlay’s gardens in the context of that broader philosophy and poetic work, drawing on Finlay’s writings about the art and practice of garden design. From the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart to the University of California at San Diego campus, the book documents how Finlay built an oeuvre of international renown—ultimately arguing that Finlay’s innovations are best understood in the context of the long tradition of European gardens.
"Dixon Hunt is a sensitive guide, alighting on often complex and intertwined themes while lending Finlay's garden art a seriousness that seems to elude some art historians. Keeping the reader attuned to poetry in art and nature, it's a book that will appeal equally to fans of Finlay and ardent horticulturists."