This reference contains over 900 photographs illustrating the gardens of the world and the developments in garden history. It ranges from the early Roman peristyle gardens as seen at Pompeii to the French Formal styles of Versailles to native plant gardens in the New World of Australia and North America. The book also contains a large collection of Chinese and Japanese gardens and many of the most influential and well-known gardens such as Sissinghurst, Giverny and Hidcote. Many more gardens are visited and their significance in garden history explained. Interspersed throughout are spreads on specific aspects of gardening such as garden sculpture, fountains, furniture, topiary, and water gardens.
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The authors of this monumental work have attempted nothing less than a one-volume visual history of world gardening, from Babylon to Bi Shu Zhan Zhuang, with many fascinating digressions in between. The several hundred beautiful color photographs are accompanied by long, authoritative captions, while the chronological unfolding of Western gardening is interleaved with sections on Chinese and Japanese gardens, "Borrowed Landscapes," and other cross-cultural themes. The result is not just a summation of gardening through the ages but a complex and involving examination of the ways in which humans have transformed their landscapes for pleasure and utility. The book can be leafed through casually many times or read as a narrative. It is probably unmatched as a single-volume visual history.From the Inside Flap:
Here is a lavishly illustrated tour through the history of gardening--from ancient Rome and China to 20th century California. Throughout this tour through history are sections on garden details, such as fountains and statuary, illustrating the diverse gardening traditions from all periods. A perfect gift for the traveler or gardener, the book features over 900 color photographs.
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Descrizione libro Macmillan London, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0333711017
Descrizione libro Macmillan, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0333711017