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Great Gardens of China: History, Concepts, Techniques

Great Gardens of China: History, Concepts, Techniques
Xiaofeng Fang
Monacelli Press
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Cloth, 257 pp., $60.00

Rooted in China's philosophy and history, Chinese gardens have been influential in international landscape design in the past, and this heritage continues in the international works of architects and landscape designers today. The author reflects that: “Gardens represented a bridge between man and nature, a concept that ultimately became a common feature in gardens globally.” Recognized as an authority on Chinese gardens, Fang introduces readers to concepts found in buildings and landscape elements of significant garden sites in China and the methods employed to develop a given landscape. Beginning with the Imperial Garden in the Forbidden City, a major section of the text is focused on highlights from 16 classical Chinese gardens. Gorgeously illustrated with beautiful photographs, this highly recommended text is destined to become a classic and an important source of information for students, scholars, and those interested in landscape design.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden