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Nature Perfected: The Story Of The Garden: Glory And Grandeur / The Machine And The Garden.

Glory and Grandeur tells the story of gardens in France where the royal parks are remarkable examples of order and control. But applying geometry to nature had its price as 10,000 soldiers died trying to divert a river to power the fountains of Versailles. Designed to impress the world, these vast gardens ultimately cut the king off from his people. The Machine and the Garden examines the impact of the technological revolution of the 19th century on gardens. The lawn mower altered the shape of the garden, and plants imported from other countries encouraged new color schemes. The gardening enthusiasm of the new middle class inspired the first gardening books, a proliferation of hothouses and public parks. 1995. 50-60 min.