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Japanese-style gardens of the Pacific west coast
Levick, Melba.
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New York : Rizzoli, [1999]

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176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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SB458 .L48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Captures the quiet splendor of Japanese-style gardens.

Author Notes

Melba Levick is a photographer who has published more than 35 books on travel, architecture, and design in Europe and America. Her recent books include "Mexicolor" and "The Beautiful Spas and Hot Springs of California".

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This elegant book begins with Brown's absorbing history of Japanese-style gardens in North America. He explains that in the twentieth century, more large-scale public Japanese-style gardens were built outside of Japan than within; the bulk of these were built in North America, particularly along the Pacific coast. As Melba Levick's stunning color photographs show, the elements of these 20 gardens are stone lanterns, torii gates, arched and zigzag bridges, rocks, sand, ponds, and flowers. The gardens are in California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. They range from the oldest, the Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and the Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park in San Diego, to those in private retreats and to those sponsored by universities and corporations. Each is explained in terms of its place in the evolution of the Japanese-style garden and the relation of its function to its design. --George Cohen

Choice Review

This well-produced book, based on North American Japanese-style gardens, brings together a large group of marvelous color photographs. Photographer Levick captured 20 Japanese-style gardens in richly detailed, large format photographs. As in Japan, water is plentiful along the Pacific west coast, and growing conditions are superb for the plants found in Japanese design. The gardens are presented as being distinctly North American rather than reproductions of "authentic" gardens in Japan. They are Western creations with functional and formal differences from true Japanese gardens. Using the basic elements of nature, water, stone, wood, gravel, or sand, as well as moss and plants, the inherent qualities of these natural materials become essential to the artistic design of the garden. The book begins with an introduction, "Territories of Play: A Short History of Japanese-Style Gardens in North America" by Brown. Discussion of each garden includes the design, the people who visit, and the garden's function. Additional information is found in a directory of the gardens, which is combined with a bibliography. General readers. C. A. Watkins; New Mexico State University