cloth, 256 pp., $45.00
British author Rory Stuart offers his very personal and idiosyncratic theories on garden design traditions found in several countries around the world. He treats gardens in China, Japan, Italy, England, and America, as well as in lands where Islamic traditions are influential. Heavily illustrated with attractive photographs of significant sites, the text is based on his analysis of historical records and the remains of their beauty. American readers may find his theories and comments on American gardens offensive, for he contends that gardens in this country have no specific style!
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden