Drowning in flowers - with perceptive pictures and quirky texts this award-winning book wants to plant in its readers a longing for beauty, harmony, for the joy of recognition through knowledge. Georg Grabherr, one of the most influential conservation biologists, has created a domestic garden and incorporated key biosphere reserve concepts. Over time, his garden has developed into an ecological gem where the idea of "nature in the garden" has been realized in exemplary manner. He guides us through the phenological seasons that divide the year by the arrival of key species, covers themes dear to the gardener's heart and engages in a dialogue with nature, thoughtfully accepting and using what is wild and spontaneous. He is asking whether the thousands of private gardens can become a Noah's Ark, suitable for rescuing threatened species. Award-winning photographer Lois Lammerhuber has captured this amazing space throughout a whole gardening year and introduces us to an unusual but convincing garden aesthetic. Text in English and German.
Americans love to garden, a passion that can be traced back to Thomas Jefferson and the ever-evolving grounds of Monticello. But a garden is much more than a creative outlet; it acts as a window both into the personality of its creator, and the culture of its time. In American Eden, Wade Graham explores the history of gardening in the United States, and how roses, marigolds and petunias can reflect the tensions and energies of a constantly changing society.This unique narrative melds biography, history, and cultural commentary to tell the story of America through its most significant gardens and their creators. Jefferson's Monticello, for example, reflected not only his embrace of Enlightenment philosophy, but also his inner conflict regarding his roles as statesman, slave-owner, farmer, and lover. American Eden is a compelling tale that highlights Americans' ability to continually reinvent, enhance and improve the world around them. Wade Graham is a Los Angeles-based garden designer, historian, and writer whose work on the environment, landscape, urbanism, and the arts has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Los Angeles Times, OnEarth, Outside, and other publications. He received a B.A. in comparative literature from Columbia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is adjunct professor of public policy at Pepperdine University. "The American garden has found its destined interpreter in Wade Graham." -- Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge
Not since Martha Schinz's masterful Visions of Paradise, published in 1984, has there been such an important survey of garden design and style as Breaking Ground. Whereas Visions of Paradise featured classic European garden design, Breaking Ground takes an in-depth look at the work of ten contemporary garden designers living and working in America and Europe today.
The two hundred glorious full-color photographs by Erica Lennard and the lucid text by garden writer and designer Page Dickey capture the spirit and genius of the ten designers. A chapter is devoted to each designer--his or her sources of inspiration, style, philosophy, and method of creation. From the bold Southern California designs of Nancy Power to the urban geometries of Madison Cox to the updated French formal style of Louis Benech to the romantic country gardens of Nancy McCabe, Breaking Ground profiles the artists who are redefining garden design categories.
Inspirational, informative, contemporary, and beautiful, Breaking Ground is a spectacularly crafted object in itself--sure to be one of the major garden gift books of the season.
A central part of a visit to any botanical garden is the conservatory, an enormous glass structure that houses a wide variety of exotic flora. America has an abundance of exceptional examples; many have been designated National Historic Landmarks. "Crystal Palaces" is the first book on garden conservatories in the United States from the Victorian-era structure in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to the recently completed Quad City Conservatory in Rock Island, Illinois. Twenty-five conservatories are presented in detail through lavish color photos and evocative descriptions. Just a few of the spectacular conservatories included are Steinhardt Conservatory in Brooklyn, Fairchild Tropical Garden Conservatory in Coral Gables, Missouri Botanical Garden Conservatories and Climatron in Saint Louis, and Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle.
The author has analyzed the aesthetic and horticultural elements in ten representative cottage gardens--eight in England and two in the United States. Her spectacular photographs render the look and atmosphere of these gardens, while her text focuses on easily grown, readily available plants that are adaptable to a wide variety of climatic and soil conditions. In the back of the book--completely updated for this new edition--may be found specific horticultural information on a wide variety of cottage garden plants commonly available in the United States, glossaries of Latin and common names, and a list of sources for old rose varieties. The gardens in this beautiful book are not those of the great estates of England, manicured by staffs of professional gardeners. They are, instead, labors of love on the part of individual homeowners, many of whom started with bleak, rubble-strewn lots and went on to create the enchanted settings pictured here.
Visit some of the best English gardens without moving from your armchair with this best-selling classic which features over 350 colour photographs. Gardening writer Ursula Buchan has combined forces with garden photographer Andrew Lawson to explore the English garden and capture its richness and diversity, explaining the historical trends and the work of garden makers of the past that have shaped the English gardens we see today. Exploring many garden styles including formality, the landscape tradition, the Arts and Crafts style, the cottage garden and recent phenomena such as New Naturalism, the book discusses themes such as colour, water, ornament and foreign influences, as well as such defining characteristics as the very English urge to grow flowers and the nation's love of roses.
The English Garden is the universal measure of all things related to garden design. It is in the UK that the great garden designers live and work and where a major gardening movement has developed over the last few decades, influencing the rest of the world with its ideas and vision. This book introduces the "grandes dames" of contemporary English garden design and includes the great names of the garden world which have emerged since the 1950s, from Vita Sackville-West and Beth Chatto to Beatrix Havergal. It also presents outstanding women gardeners of the present-day who have likewise had a substantial influence on the development of contemporary garden design. Heidi Howcroft has discovered these women's gardening secrets and writes sensitively and informatively about the individual women and their influence on the English country garden. The individual gardens' charm and design are captured in photos by Marianne Majerus.
A valuable and inspiring resource for advanced and beginner gardeners alike.
"Paging through the exquisite photographs in this coffee-table book is like being given a sneak peek into some of the world's most gorgeous private outdoor space." -- Publishers Weekly
"If you buy Mom one garden book for Mother's Day, make it this one." -- National Post
With sales of 25,000 and now back in print, Garden Design is an essential purchase for all retail and library garden collections. It is a must-have visual reference for garden owners, with over 600 images of gardens and garden elements along with incisive advice on garden design. Through the pictures and words, it takes readers from concept to execution of a personalized garden built on sound design principles.
The sample gardens shown are large and small, urban and rural, and in a wide range of styles. Every aspect of designing a garden is explored, from assessing a property to choosing a style, selecting the right components, such as landscaping and boundaries, and tackling more challenging spaces. A gallery of 22 case studies further illustrates how to design a personal paradise.
Each chapter instructs on numerous related topics and presents illustrative case studies:
- Basics: Where, Why and What: A Question of Style; Contemporary Design; Classical Design; Natural Design
- The Components
- Structure: The Backbone of a Garden; Paths and Drives; Patios and Terraces; Enclosure and Barriers
- Shaping the Garden: Greenery and Flowers; Furnishing the Garden
- Difficult Plots and Tricks of the Trade.
The lavish spreads address topics such as paved patios, and offer a variety of photographs in different styles with concise practical text. Case studies inspire with imagery and information.
Garden Design: A Book of Ideas is an ideal resource for the home gardener. It will continue to inspire as the garden matures and changes over the seasons and years.