The Oxford Companion to Gardens (Oxford Companions)

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9780198604402: The Oxford Companion to Gardens (Oxford Companions)

This unique volume covers the history and design of gardens across the globe--from the earliest known examples to the present day. The first comprehensive work on the history and design of gardens available, the Companion was written by a team of 170 expert contributors and edited by leading specialists in the field of landscape architecture. Boasting over 1,500 entries and 250 black and white illustrations, it includes articles on roof gardens, water gardens, secret gardens, and other special types of gardens. It contains essays on garden elements such as fountains, grottoes, herbaceous borders, hedges and follies, and accounts of garden history in individual countries. Definitions of English and foreign-language garden terms are given, as well as biographies of designers, patrons, plant-collectors, and garden enthusiasts. Also included is information on landscape gardening, public parks, and international exhibitions.

The most comprehensive work of its kind, this Companion will appeal to anyone interested in landscape architecture, design, or in finding ideas on how to make their outdoor space truly magical.

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Patrick Goode is Senior Lecturer in landscape history at Thames Polytechnic in Kent, England, and co-author of Humphry Repton, Landscape Gardener, 1752-1818. Michael Lancaster is an architect, landscape architect and Head of the Division of Landscape Architecture at Thames Polytechnic University in Kent, England. He is the author of Britain in View: Color and the Landscape. Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe> is an architect and landscape architect and the author of many books, including the classic Studies in Landscape Design. His recent works include the redesign of the gardens at Sutton Palace, near Guilford, England. The late Dr. Susan Jellicoe was a designer and the author of The Landscape of Man (with Geoffrey Jellicoe).

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World-wide in scope, this work is an encyclopedia of the art of garden design from the earliest known gardens to the present. The 1500 entries by 170 specialists cover large, small, public, and private gardens of significance; ancient and modern design and designers; and landscape architects, plant collectors, and influential garden enthusiasts. All of this is in alphabetical order, meticulously cross-referenced. Although well illustrated, this is not a picture book but a reference for amateurs and professionals concerned with studying or visiting gardens and checking details of the evolution and development of gardens. Highly recommended. Louise B. Hodges, Amherst Cty. P.L., Va.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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