Printed in an edition of 170
copies, Layers of Concord is 131/2 by 10
inches. The 70 pages were set in Monotype Centaur by Neil Winter
at the Whittington Press. It is illustrated with photographs by
Eduardo Galliani and includes a full-page map and head-piece
ornaments drawn by Abigail Rorer, after her visit to the garden.
Bound in green marbled paper over boards, it comes with a
'In this eloquent account of
the melding of mind and place, Carole George bids us join her
in her spiritual pilgrimage into that demanding, yet joyful
and rewarding realm known as the art of the garden.'
Reuben M Rainey
poet has instructed us to ask if the path before us has a
heart. If it does, he says, the path is good; if not, the path
has no use. But ask--is on to expect a signpost? 'Heart 1.5
miles' No, the path that will have use is already marked out
along the line of a life. The guiding symbols (though few) are
there, embedded in the years. Directing as they do onto the
path that has a heart, such symbols do not make mistakes and
they do not leave any way of escape.
The story of finding the farm usually goes something like
this. We had turned off the county road onto a little gravel
lane. The ground was shot with sun coming down between the
translucent green leaves of the tulip poplar that met overhead
as in an arbour. All was calm and pastoral. According to the
story, I announced 'This is it,' suggesting the decision to
acquire the property was made at that point, before seeing the
actual ground or buildings...
Turning in that warm summer afternoon onto a road that was
nothing more than a rough track, I knew at once that I was on
the threshold of a new life. I had arrived in a new land whose
name I did not know, but that was intensely familiar. Perhaps
everything of that visible world was no more that the tangible
aspect of an inner world, and I recognized it.
As Carol George writes about the
creation of her garden from a rough plot of uncultivated land, she
also details the years of study and planning from which her garden
grew. Ms George draws on a variety of sources to shape her
landscape: the French formalism of Le Nôtre and the court of Louis
XIV, Zen Buddhism, even the vivacious personalities of her
small herd of sheep. The result is reflected in the exquisite
photographs shot by noted photographer Eduardo Galliani which echo
the quiet serenity that makes George's garden unique.