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Icons of garden design
Holmes, Caroline.
Publication Information:
Munich ; New York : Prestel, [2001]

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176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
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SB465 .I36 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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'Gardening' declared the London Times recently 'is the new sex' and certainly interest in horticulture has never been more fevered. The latest in Prestel's highly successful Icons series looks at the masterpieces of garden design and how their influence has affected our understanding of this ancient and complex art.

Author Notes

Caroline Holmes is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer on garden history and design. She lectures at Cambridge and Essex Universities, the Museum of Garden History in London and in the USA

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Booklist Review

Part of a series that recognizes influential examples of excellence in the worlds of film, architecture, fashion, and photography, this lavishly photographed volume traces the history of gardens back to 300 B.C., and in doing so presents an ode to the eons-long marriage between horticulture and hardscape. If garden design is arguably enjoying its heyday at present, then the format here is particularly fitting. Equal treatment--a two-page spread--is given to every sort of earthly paradise, with an international team of garden historians coming together to provide the appropriate context for each individual monument. Spanning everything from an ancient Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka to Florentine villas, Japanese temples, glorious English landscapes, and modern settings created by Luis Barragan in Mexico and Thomas Church in California, the book emphasizes an encompassing perspective that promises to entrance devotees of garden art. --Alice Joyce

Table of Contents

Caroline Holmes
Introductionp. 6
300 BC
Sigiriya (SRI Lanka)p. 12
1000 AD
Byodo-in (UJI, Japan)p. 14
Alhambra (Granada, Spain)p. 16
Alcazar Palace (Seville, Spain)p. 18
Palazzo Piccolomini (Pienza, Italy)p. 20
Topkapi (Istanbul, Turkey)p. 22
Ryoan-ji (Kyoto, Japan)p. 24
Daisen-in (Kyoto, Japan)p. 26
Hampton Court Palace (Middlesex, England)p. 28
Villa Medici (Florence, Italy)p. 30
Boboli (Florence, Italy)p. 32
Villa d'Este (Tivoli, Italy)p. 34
Chenonceaux (Indre-et-Loire, France)p. 36
Sacro Bosco (Bomarzo, Italy)p. 38
Palazzo Farnese (Caprarola, Italy)p. 40
Villa Lante (Bagnaia, Lazio, Italy)p. 42
Tsarskoe Selo (St Petersburg, Russia)p. 44
Aldobrandini (Frascati, Italy)p. 46
Kinkaku-ji (Kyoto, Japan)p. 48
Hellbrunn (Salzburg, Austria)p. 50
Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa (Kyoto, Japan)p. 52
Isola Bella (Lake Maggiore, Italy)p. 54
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)p. 56
Villa Garzoni (Collodi, Italy)p. 58
Tuileries (Paris, France)p. 60
Vaux-le-Vicomte (Seine-et-Marne, France)p. 62
Versailles (Yvelines, France)p. 64
Veitshochheim (Near Wurzburg, Germany)p. 66
Het Loo (Apeldoorn, Holland)p. 68
Chatsworth (Derbyshire, England)p. 70
Levens Hall (Westmorland, England)p. 72
Schonbrunn (Vienna, Austria)p. 74
Castle Howard (Yorkshire, England)p. 76
Blenheim Palace (Woodstock, England)p. 78
Governor's Palace (Williamsburg, VA, USA)p. 80
Peterhof (St Petersburg, Russia)p. 82
Stowe (Buckingham, England)p. 84
Villa Gamberaia (Settignano, Italy)p. 86
Schwetzingen (Near Heidelberg, Germany)p. 88
Rousham (Oxfordshire, England)p. 90
Painshill (Cobham, England)p. 92
Middleton Place (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)p. 94
Stourhead (Wiltshire, England)p. 96
Sanssouci (Potsdam, Germany)p. 98
Queluz (Lisbon, Portugal)p. 100
'New' Summer Palace (Beijing, China)p. 102
Master of the Nets Garden (Suzhou, China)p. 104
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England)p. 106
Worlitz (Near Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)p. 108
Ermenonville (Oise, France)p. 110
Monticello (Virginia, USA)p. 112
Arkadia (Near Warsaw, Poland)p. 114
Haga (Solna, Sweden)p. 116
Heligan (Cornwall, England)p. 118
Sezincote (Gloucestershire, England)p. 120
Munstead Wood (Surrey, England)p. 122
Naumkeag (Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA)p. 124
Giverny (Eure, France)p. 126
Biltmore (Asheville, North Carolina, USA)p. 128
Hestercombe (Somerset, England)p. 130
Old Westbury Gardens (Long Island, NY, USA)p. 132
Villandry (Indre-et-Loire, France)p. 134
Hidcote Manor (Gloucestershire, England)p. 136
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (Cap Ferrat, France)p. 138
Villa Vizcaya (Miami, Florida, USA)p. 140
Viceroy's Garden (New Delhi, India)p. 142
Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC, USA)p. 144
Sissinghurst (Kent, England)p. 146
Ninfa (Ninfa, Italy)p. 148
Fallingwater (Bear Run, Pennsylvania, USA)p. 150
Villa Mairea (Noormarkku, Finland)p. 152
El Novillero (Sonoma, California, USA)p. 154
J Irwin Miller Garden (Columbus, Indiana, USA)p. 156
Little Sparta (Stonypath, Lanarkshire, Scotland)p. 158
San Cristobal Stables (Mexico City, Mexico)p. 160
Shute House (Shaftsbury, England)p. 162
Parc Andre Citroen (Paris, France)p. 164
Glossaryp. 166
Selected Bibliographyp. 170
The Authorsp. 173
Index of Namesp. 174
Picture Creditsp. 176