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Garden History

Every garden is a replica, a representation, an attempt to recapture something.

Robert Harbison Eccentric Spaces

After Parkinson

In this series of small mixed media images I returned again to my battered reprint of John Parkinson’s 1629 Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris (Park-in-Sun’s Earthly Paradise). One of the first western garden manuals, Parkinson collected woodcuts of a thousand known plants found in England at the time organizing them by “The Place, The Time, The Names, The Virtues” of each. Many of these plants were brought from North America and many others later introduced here.

My walking and study merged in recognitions of local wild plants within Parkinson's garden manual. My relationship to  the place, the time, the names, and the virtues of our present paradise remains for me a constant concern.

All images are mixed media: litho, acrylic and ink. 18x13-19x14 cm $125.00

Garden History


The drawings in Escape and Wilder were inspired by John Parkinson’s1629 Paradisi in sole Paradisus Terrestris, one of the first garden manuals printed in England. Where Parkinson's collected woodcuts organize the name, the place, the time and the virtues of native and newly introduced specimens, my images layer what is familiar, recognizing them as escapes naturalized in Canadian fields. Colour, as well as historic stencilled, suggest the growth and form of the plants amplifying the familiar identification, but also placing it within the domestic sphere. Beeswax, a final layer, evokes a further mnemonic with the aroma of honey that emanates from the work.

Escape All images 76x102cm, mixed print media on washi, acrylic, oil and beeswax mounted on panel. $1800