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The Pleasures and Perils of the Garden

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When the British philosopher Sir Francis Bacon wrote in a 1625 essay that “God Almighty first planted a garden, and indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures,” he knew that his readers would immediately think of the Garden of Eden, the setting for humankind’s downfall in sin. So which was it, a place of simple delights or of awful temptations? Historically, it turns out, gardens have been both.

Bacon was harking back not just to the Bible but to the ancient association of gardens, particularly enclosed ones, with…

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