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A horticultural tour of Marie-Antoinette’s domain, the lavishly constructed gardens at Versailles, accompanied by eighteenth-century archival illustrations.   Plants, flowers, and trees were Marie-Antoinette’s passion; she transformed the Petit Trianon’s gardens into an enchanted escape from the oppressive shackles of Versailles. Based on archival documents, this book meanders through Marie-Antoinette’s estate as the queen herself would have walked it: traversing hyacinths, buttercups, and …
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The Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanming Yuan) in the western suburbs of the Qing capital, Beijing, was begun by the great Kangxi (r. 1661–1722) and expanded by his son, Yongzheng (r. 1722–1735) and brought to its greatest glory by his grandson, Qianlong (r. 1736–1796). A lover of literature and art, Qinglong sought an earthly reflection of his greatness in his Yuanming Yuan. For many years he designed and directed an elaborate program of garden arrangements. Representing two generations …

Innisfree is a unique garden in which the techniques of Oriental design are disguised as an enchanted natural landscape. Open to the public yet hardly advertised, it is a secret garden everyone may share.Set in 200 acres in Millbrook, New York, some 90 miles from New York City, Innisfree was the private preserve of Walter and Marion Beck from 1929 to 1960. It was then bequeathed to The Innisfree Foundation, under the trusteeship of landscape architect Lester Collins.Inspired by the scroll paintings …

This in-depth presentation of the art of the garden--from historical styles to contemporary materials-- is an essential reference for garden aficionados around the world. The Domaine of Château-sur-Loire--a fifteenth-century UNESCO World Heritage site--has for centuries been prided for its exquisite gardens. Once a preferred retreat for kings and members of the nobility, it has been a center for the art of the garden for the past decade and, since 1992, has also hosted the International Garden Festival, …
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Europeans may be said to have first encountered the Chinese garden in Marco Polo s narrative of his travels through the Mongol Empire and his years at the court of Kublai Khan. His account of a man-made lake abundant with fish, a verdant green hill lush with trees, raised walkways, and a plethora of beasts and birds took root in the European imagination as the description of a kind of Eden. Beginning in the sixteenth century, permanent interaction between Europe and China took form, and Jesuit missionaries …

Excerpt from Spring Hill Nurseries, Tippecanoe City, Ohio, 1928 The Chinese Flowering Crabs are not as well known as the Flowering Cherries, but a lot of them are decidedly the most gorgeous and brilliant subjects for our gardens. The flowers are produced before the foliage, coming in multitudes and ai most obliterating the branches. The effect is of a tree clothed in transparent silk gauze, shimmering and changing in color value With the elevation of the sun. The effect is beautiful in single trees …
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Awarded the Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize for the best book in Vernacular Architecture, granted by the Vernacular Architecture Forum One may visit famous gardens in Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka—or one may visit Japanese-styled gardens in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Berlin, London, Paris, São Paulo, or Singapore. We often view these gardens as representative of the essence of Japanese culture. Christian Tagsold argues, however, that the idea of the Japanese garden has less do to with Japan …

Moss, stone, trees, and sand arranged in striking or natural-looking compositions: the tradition of establishing and refining the landscape has been the work of Japanese gardeners and designers for centuries. In Japanese Gardens and Landscapes, 1650-1950 Wybe Kuitert presents a richly illustrated survey of the gardens and the people who commissioned, created, and used them and chronicles the modernization of traditional aesthetics in the context of economic, political, and environmental transformation.Kuitert …

In this new companion book to The Garden Plants of China, Peter Valder describes more than 200 gardens he has visited in China. He documents temple courtyards and gardens, evocative enclosures of ancient burial grounds and imperial tombs, and public parks, botanical gardens, and arboreta, most of which have sprung up since 1949. Gardens in China is illustrated with more than 500 color photographs, many of them depicting gardens not previously illustrated in any Western publication, as well as reproductions …

Travel along on a spiritual journey of discovery as Schnormeier Gardens unfolds amid the tranquil rolling hills of central Ohio-from fallow fields and pasture to a world-class garden in little more than a decade. Drawing from symbolic and interpretive anthropology, the author presents themes of cultural diffusion from China and Japan to the American Midwest in describing the imaginative process behind creation of an Asian stroll garden in the heart of Ohio. Arthur Frommer s Budget Travel magazine …
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Excerpt from For Your Garden in 1929: Mr. Templin s 53d Annual Catalog Beets, 52, 56 Better Gardens, 84 Borecole, 61 Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts,56, 74 Cabbage, Caraway, 74 Carrots, Cauliflower, 58 Celeriac, 58 Celery, 52, 58 Celery Cabbage, Chard, 56 Chervil, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage Citron, 65 Cold Frames, 51 Collards, 57, 74 Coriander, 74 Corn, 61 Corn Salad, 57, 7 Cos, 63 Cress, Cucumber. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more …
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It is hard to imagine gardens without peonies, flowering peaches, camellias, gardenias, azaleas, wisteria, forsythia, crabapples, and the host of other ornamentals that were introduced first in Chinese gardens. And the development of the modern repeat-flowering roses would not have occurred had the so-called monthly roses not been brought to Europe from China. In spite of the romance and excitement generated by the discoveries of the famous plant hunters in the wilds of China, the Chinese plants …

In The Classical Gardens of Shanghai, Shelly Bryant looks at five of Shanghai’s remaining classical gardens through their origins, changing fortunes, restorations, and links to a wider Chinese aesthetic. Shanghai’s classical gardens are as much text as space; they exist in art, poetry, and literature as much as in stone, rock, and earth. But these gardens have not remained static entities. Rather, they have been remodelled constantly since their inception. This book reflects this process within …