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By the eighteenth century, urban gardens—such as the Daguan Garden described in the period's greatest novel, Dream of the Red Chamber (or Story of the Stone)—conveyed the prosperity and material splendor of Qing society at its zenith. Painters working in the commercial center of Yangzhou captured the era's love for extravagance in their dramatic depictions of garden flowers and plants, which could also be appreciated as emblems of virtue.