cloth, 263 p., $45
Exploring ancient gardens, Chip Sullivan helps the reader retrieve a time when automatic climate control did not rule daily life, when gardens were shelters from the heat in summer, warm corners in the cold and wind, freshness on a sultry day. Earth, fire, air and water are treated individually as basic elemental climatic controls in this book, and readers can take lessons on their use from ancient architects and landscape specialists.
Additionally, this book is a beautifully illustrated tour of the greatest Mediterranean gardens and grottos. Sullivan has researched hundreds of structures, explaining their climactic functionality in terms of utility and practicality. These same techniques can be applied to modern garden design, utilizing the coolness of the earth and the warmth of the sun on terraces and courtyards. Arbors, porches and pavilions can be the means to protect space from temperature extremes. This book will be a source of inspiration to both garden professional and amateur.
— Elaine Juhl, Master Gardener and Volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden