Gardens

Asian Gardens: History, Beliefs, and Design

Author: 
Tom Turner
Publisher: 
Routledge
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–0–415–59687–2

Cloth, 336 pp., $62.95

In this book, Tom Turner presents a fascinating history of Asian gardens. In this work, we are introduced to an incredible range of landscapes and gardens found throughout Asia. The first three parts of the book provide chronological accounts of the development of gardens in west, south, and east Asia. Parts four through six present the sacred Hindu gardens in Asia as well as Buddhist gardens in Sri Lanka, southeast Asia, China, and Japan. Very different gardens appear in a final section on abstract and modern gardens in Asia.

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Volume: 
13
Number: 
1

Dream Gardens across America

Publisher: 
Wiley
Publication Date: 
2010
ISBN: 
978–0–470–87843–9

paper, 288 pp., $19.95

Tour 45 inspiring gardens in this colorful survey of home landscapes across America. The staff of Better Homes and Gardens has gathered together images that will delight every garden lover, emphasizing that Americans express their imagination and individualism in ornamental gardening. Ranging in style, as well as size, from elegantly formal estates to inviting places with cottage charm, these sites are noteworthy for their tasteful design. This book is full of valuable tips on design, plant selection, companion plantings, and culture.

Subjects: 
Volume: 
13
Number: 
3

Gardens and Swimming Pools

Publisher: 
Beta–Plus Publishing
Publication Date: 
2010
ISBN: 
978–9–089–44070–9

cloth, 200 pp., $95.00

Fifteen European landscape design professionals and firms present examples of their most recent work in this collection of home landscape designs. In both traditional and contemporary styles, these are notable for their classic lines and maintenance perfection. As indicated by the title, large expanses of water are dominant elements in many of the sites examined in this work. Contemporary-style outdoor furnishings are popular as well. According to one specialist in outdoor furniture, “… furnishing a house is not a process that stops at the back door.”

Volume: 
13
Number: 
3

Tropical Gardens of the Philippines

Author: 
Lily Gamboa O’Boyle and Elizabeth V. Reyes
Publisher: 
Tuttle
Publication Date: 
2010
ISBN: 
978–0–804–84554–2

Cloth, 244 pp., $44.95

This book features 42 gorgeous, abundant tropical gardens around Manila and its suburbs. The photographs of lush tropical foliage and rich colors of the flowers are almost real enough to touch. Almost all of the gardens were designed by professionals. Some are in the English style, and some borrow the planting style of the late Brazilian Roberto Marx. In all of the gardens, the plants play a major role around the house. This is a deluxe coffe-table book.

Volume: 
13
Number: 
4

A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens

Author: 
Carole Ottesen
Publisher: 
Smithsonian Books
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–1–588–34300–0

Paper, 163 pp., $14.95

Washingon, D.C., has numerous historical sites, but none with the grandeur of the Smithsonian Museum, or the objects displayed in it. It is little wonder that the harried and hurried tourist doesn’t stop to realize the wealth of gardens surrounding it. This guide book remedies that.

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Volume: 
13
Number: 
4

The Armchair Book of Gardens: A Miscellany

Author: 
Jane Billinghurst
Publisher: 
Lyons Press
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–0–762–76989–6

decorated boards, 298 pp., $24.95

Savor this book slowly. Enjoy the patterned covers, the quality of the paper, and the diverse illustrations. The arrangement of text and graphics encourages the reader to examine this work in an armchair. Excerpts range from the Bible’s description of the Garden of Eden to Tom Stoppard’s biting sarcasm, from The Odyssey to Walden, interspersed with Gertrude Jekyll and the Koran. There is something for every taste and interest in this book.

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Volume: 
13
Number: 
5

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