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Dig It! Books and Gardens (9 July 2018)

Dig It! // Gardening & Green Spaces// WRS// General // July 10, 2018

The earliest examples of garden writings are from China, such as the 373 AD work "The Preface to the Orchid Pavillion" by Wang Xizhi, and the importance of Chinese gardens globally waxed and waned over the centuries, culminating in Europe for a mania for anything Chinese, including in gardens in the second half of the 18th century. The Fondation Martin Bodmer have a fabulous exhibition of rare and unusual texts, including an edition of Le Rouge's Engravings of Chinese gardens. Go and have a look yourself http://fondationbodmer.ch/des-jardins-des-livres/ or take a trip to Zurich to see a real live example of a modern Chinese garden, described as being one of the best examples outside Japan https://www.zuerich.com/en/visit/attractions/chinese-garden - open from March until the end of October

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