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Gardens of the world : two thousand years of garden design
Pigeat, Jean-Paul.
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Uniform Title:
Jardins du Monde. English
English-language edition.
Publication Information:
Paris, France : Flammarion, [2003]

Physical Description:
223 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 32 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Jardins du Monde.
In the beginning: water gardens -- Gradens of the Gods -- Gardens as expressions of wealth -- Gardens of knowledge -- Recreational gardens -- Landscaping -- A miniature world -- A return to intimacy -- Gardens for the people.
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SB465 .P544 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A truly magnificent panorama of garden design for professional and designers and garden travelers alike. Internationally renowned expert Jean-Paul Pigeat sets out to examine both the enduring styles and the bold new trends in garden design. Pigeat juxtaposes traditional and contemporary garden designs, exploring their themes as expressions of a culture's artistic creativity and social structure. Pigeat retraces his steps through famous and lesser-known gardens around the world. From the ostentatious design of Versailles, where the layout reflects power, to the inspired innovation of the Eden Project in England, which aims to teach visitors about the environment, to the cutting-edge Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington, which reclaimed a former industrial site. Lavishly illustrated, with a lush format and informative text this truly magnificent panorama of garden design will meet the expectations of professional and designers and garden travelers alike.

Author Notes

Jean-Paul Pigeat is the director of the International Conservatory for Gardening and Landscaping in Chaumont-sur-Loire (France), where he also organizes the prestigious annual Chaumont garden festival.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

In this lavishly illustrated, large-format book, Pigeat (director, International Conservatory for Parks and Gardens and for Landscaping, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France; Loire Valley Sketchbook) calls upon more than 30 years of exploring the world's most unique and beautiful gardens to present a history of international garden design. Each chapter examines a theme, which ranges from water gardens to gardens as expressions of wealth to gardens of the people. Examples of each theme are carefully selected, beginning with a modern archetype such as the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, or the Lightning Field in Quemado, NM; the text then moves on to an internationally famous historical garden, including the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, and the Ryoan-ji of Kyoto, Japan. Overall, more than 100 gardens in 15 countries are showcased, with the juxtaposition of the contemporary and the historical demonstrating the evolution of gardening over the centuries. This beautiful volume will delight gardeners, but its narrow focus limits it to libraries with large gardening collections.-Nancy Myers, Univ. of South Dakota Lib., Vermillion (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This volume has the large format, sumptuous photography associated with coffee-table books promising encyclopedic pictorial coverage of some category of cultural history, in this case two millennia of garden design. Pigeat, director of the International Conservatory for Gardening and Landscaping Design in Chaumont-sur-Loire, France, has chosen a thematic rather than a chronological approach, highlighting examples of such familiar types as water gardens, gardens that function as expressions of wealth or power, and public gardens--as well as a few less predictable groupings, such as idiosyncratic, self-referential gardens or those that reflect aspects of a society's worldview. His voice is personal, even somewhat chatty; occasionally awkward prose may be a fault of translation. There are a few lapses in historical accuracy as well, such as the failure to credit Calvert Vaux, not just Frederick Law Olmsted, for design of New York City's Central Park. The real strength of the book, however, is the author's fresh and insightful selection of more recent works by artists, sculptors, and professional and amateur garden makers, all of which brilliantly demonstrate the continuing richness and relevance of garden design within societies around the world. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates; professionals; two-year technical program students. C. M. Howett emerita, University of Georgia

Table of Contents

The art of gardensp. 6
In the Beginning: Water Gardensp. 8
Mery-sur-Oisep. 10
The Villa d'Estep. 14
Water gardens, past and presentp. 18
Gardens of the Godsp. 34
The Lightning Fieldp. 36
Versaillesp. 38
Paradise gardensp. 44
Gardens as Expressions of Wealthp. 56
PepsiCop. 58
The Taj Mahalp. 62
Gardens of powerp. 64
Gardens of Knowledgep. 88
The Eden Projectp. 90
Portrackp. 94
Gardens of learningp. 96
Recreational Gardensp. 118
The Tarot gardenp. 120
Hellbrunnp. 122
Variations on a themep. 124
Landscapingp. 138
Derek Jarman's gardenp. 140
Karlsbergp. 142
The eye of the beholderp. 146
A Miniature Worldp. 160
Little Spartap. 162
Hadrian's Villap. 164
Gardens and societyp. 166
A Return to Intimacyp. 178
The Jardin Floup. 180
Seison-kakup. 182
Secret gardensp. 184
Gardens for the Peoplep. 204
Central Parkp. 206
Nimes la Fontainep. 208
Gardens of their timep. 210
Index of gardens, places, and designersp. 222