I Looking for Eden: the garden in the ancient world; gardens before Rome; Egypt; Rome. II The earthly paradise: the Middle Ages; the Islamic garden; Mughal India. III Labours in perfection: Italy; France. IV The genius of the place: the English garden before; the revolution; the landscaping of England; the English landscape garden outside of England. V Gardens of the East: the Chinese garden; the Japanese garden. VI The New World: colonial American gardens; the changing American landscape; Victorian garden dilemmas; 20th-century solutions.