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Gardening as a Sacred Art

Towards the Redemption of our Relationship with Nature

July 2021
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    15th July 2021
  • ISBN 9781912230778
  • Language English
  • Pages 120 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

This beautifully illustrated book presents a history of our relationship with nature, beginning with the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia—when gardens served as “the dwelling place of the gods.” Tracing this history through subsequent epochs, the author shows how human awareness of the divine presence in nature was gradually eclipsed. As nature came to be viewed primarily as a physical resource to be controlled and exploited by us, this was reflected in the ordered, rational designs imposed on such gardens as Versailles. 

Today, gardening has come to be seen less as an instrument of control and more as an art in its own right that enhances nature’s inherent beauty. Jeremy Naydler suggests that the future of gardening lies in its being regarded not as just an art but more as a sacred art that once again honors and works with the spiritual dimension intrinsic to nature.

Gardening as a Sacred Art is illustrated in color throughout.

Jeremy Naydler

Jeremy Naydler, PhD, holds a doctorate in theology and religious studies, and is a philosopher, cultural historian and gardener who lives and works in Oxford, England. He has long been interested in the history of consciousness and sees the study of past cultures—which were more open to the world of spirit than our own, predominantly secular, culture—as relevant both to understanding our situation today and to finding pathways into the future. His longstanding concern about the impact of electronic technologies on our inner life and on our relationship to nature has found expression in numerous articles contributed to magazines such as New View, Self and Society,and Resurgence.