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Poodling

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Poodling is a vernacular approach to pruning shrubbery: a negotiation between gardener and shrub that pits human aesthetic intention against the genetic forces that guide the plant’s natural development…
 
ISBN: 978-1-957183-82-4
Binding: Softbound
Pages: 112pp
Publication Date: Fall 2023
Size: 5.5” x 9” Portrait
World Rights: Available
 
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“‘Poodling’ catalogs the forms of pruning we encounter today and their probable origin in Japan during the eighteenth century.”

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Publication date

November 2022

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8.5" x 11" portrait

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Poodling is a vernacular approach to pruning shrubbery: a negotiation between gardener and shrub that pits human aesthetic intention against the genetic forces that guide the plant’s natural development. Topiary shears shrubs into a singular form geometric or figur e; poodling, in contrast, treats each branch individually and shapes its leaves or needles into the forms that remain at their ends.

In this informed, if light-hear ted, telling of the story, noted landscape historian Marc Treib traces the evolution and characteristics of topiary, espalier, and other forms of plant guidance such as poodling, proposing that what began as functional horticultural practices was transformed into a vehicle for artistic expression. Poodling catalogs the forms of pruning we encounter today and their probable origin in Japan during the eighteenth century. Noting the parallels, he compares the forms of poodling (vegetal) with those of the canine species poodle (animal), and the manne rs by which the dog’s hair has been clipped. Richly illustrated with photographs by the author taken in many countries over three decades, this is an informative book that everyone can enjoy.

Authors

Marc Treib, Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of C alifornia, Berkeley, is a noted historian and critic of landscape design and architecture who has published widely on modern and historical subjects in the United States, Japan, and Scandinavia. He has been the r ecipient of numerous fellowships and awards and is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Also by Marc Treib from ORO Editions:
Austere Gardens: Thoughts on Simplicity, Restraint, and Attending
The Landscapes of George Descombes: Doing Almost Nothing
A Guide to the Gardens of Kyoto
Thinking a Modern Landscape, West & East: Christopher Tunnard, Sutemi Horiguchi
The Aesthetics of Contemporary Planting Design
Serious Fun: The Landscapes of Claude Cormier
The Shape of the Land: Topography & Landscape Architecture

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ISBN: 978-1-957183-82-4
Binding: Softbound
Pages: 112pp
Publication Date: Fall 2023
Size: 5.5” x 9” Portrait
World Rights: Available

Poodling

“‘Poodling’ catalogs the forms of pruning we encounter today and their probable origin in Japan during the eighteenth century.”

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