Icons of Garden Design

Author: Holmes, Caroline

Category:  ANF
Item Number:  9783791324623
ISBN-13: 3791324624
Publication Date:  2001/04/01
Format/Binding:  Hardcover
Publisher:  Prestel
Retail Price:  29.95
ID Price:  23.96

From Booklist: Part of a series that recognizes influential examples of excellence in the worlds of film, architecture, fashion, and photography, this lavishly photographed volume traces the history of gardens back to 300 B.C., and in doing so presents an ode to the eons-long marriage between horticulture and hardscape. If garden design is arguably enjoying its heyday at present, then the format here is particularly fitting. Equal treatment--a two-page spread--is given to every sort of earthly paradise, with an international team of garden historians coming together to provide the appropriate context for each individual monument. Spanning everything from an ancient Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka to Florentine villas, Japanese temples, glorious English landscapes, and modern settings created by Luis Barragan in Mexico and Thomas Church in California, the book emphasizes an encompassing perspective that promises to entrance devotees of garden art. Alice Joyce
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'Gardening' declared the London Times recently, 'is the new sex', and certainly interest in horticulture has never been more fervered. The latest in Prestel's highly successful Icons series looks at the masterpieces of garden design and how they have influenced our understading of this ancient and complex art.