More people visit gardens than go to Disneyland and Disneyworld combined, and more than visit Las Vegas annually, making it one of the largest retail sectors in the tourism market. Garden tourism is a unique text which explores the diverse and huge phenomena of garden tourism. Beginning with a discussion on the historical aspects and typology of gardens, it moves on to examine how garden evolution has been impacted by tourism demands. It looks at a wide range of garden tourism, such as Botanic gardens, house and garden tours, and nursery visitation to the important role of gardens in theme parks. Finally, it examines management issues such as sustainability, financial viability, capacity and environmental threats to suggest best practice and the future for garden tourism. This book: * Quantifies the importance of gardens and gardening today * Describes the evolution of the modern tourist garden * Shows how gardens around the world have different forms, roles and functions * Looks at ten case studies of gardens in Britain (such as the remarkable Eden Project), the Americas (such as the NY Botanical Garden) and Australia (such as the Royal Botanic gardens). * Looks towards the garden of the future.

Key Features

* The only book to consider gardens as tourism destinations * Puts gardens in an international cultural context * Provides an historic continuum for garden destinations


Undergraduates in tourism and tourism academics; garden destination professionals

Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE. INTRODUCTION What is Garden Tourism? Gardens as a part of tourism. Visitation to Gardens: who goes? Demographics and Gardening in America today The Culture of Flowers The literature CHAPTER TWO. A HISTORY AND TOURISM TYPOLOGY OF GARDENS The Hanging Gardens of Babylon The Greeks: Theophrastus and the Lyceum Homer's Odyssey The Roman Garden The Monastic Garden The Botanic Garden; Education and Medicine The Garden as Art The Empire Garden The Garden as Place The Garden as Tourist Place The Gardens of Today CHAPTER THREE. GARDENS AND TOURISTS TODAY Roles Types of Garden as tourist attraction Botanic Gardens The Garden Conservancy House and Garden Tours The Role of Commercial Gardens and Nurseries Resort and Theme Park Gardens The Islamic Garden The Chinese Garden The Japanese Garden Specialized Gardens and Arboreta Problems and issues in gardens today (THIS MAY BECOME ANOTHER CHAPTER) Management of Gardens Capacity Financial viability and Multiple use of gardens Trade in endangered biologic species/crime (Theft) Contested Space Sustainability and Education Biodiversity Compatible uses CHAPTER FOUR: CASE STUDIES OF TEN GARDENS The Eden Project Sissinghurst Castle Garden Longwood Garden Butchart Garden Royal Botanic Gar


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