Synopsis by Alice Day
The luxuriant gardens of the Roman rulers were inspired by the examples seen in Egypt, but distinguished by Roman characteristics such as the use of pillars and columns. Villa gardens frequently had water features and paths decorated with mosaic works. Roman garden sites are seen in Nature Perfected, the Story of the Garden: The Heritage of Rome under the guidance of historian William Howard Adam, who provides an information-filled narrative. Modern gardens influenced by Roman designs are also shown and include the Hearst-owned San Simeon and its surrounding plantings.