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A version of this essay was published as Chapter 20 of Tom Turner's City as landscape : a post-Postmodern view of design and planning (Spon:London, 1996)

Physically, gardens must have boundaries. Mentally, they can reach to the limits of the known universe. The ideas that bestow such vast extent upon gardens derive from sun, earth, art, water, history, civilization, family, anything. This essay considers the inspiration that can come from sun, wind, materials, sculpture and the conservation movement. They were chosen as examples because, in the arts, it is often necessary to look backwards before traveling forwards.

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