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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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.Review:
These often brilliant little photographic essays, which touch on everything from grottoes to water staircases, follies to parterres, are the best parts of this odd volume, underscoring the power of a few simple landscape ideas to endure across time and culture. -- The New York Times Book Review, Michael Pollan
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Descrizione libro Random House, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110679448977
Descrizione libro Random House, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0679448977
Descrizione libro Random House. Condizione libro: Brand New. Ships from USA. FREE domestic shipping. Codice libro della libreria 0679448977
Descrizione libro Random House, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0679448977