The Water Garden: Style, Designs and Visions

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Throughout history, water has been a versatile and vital resource for the garden. It was the essential element in the earliest gardens of the and Near East. And today water provides settings and opportunities for an exciting combination of plants and architectural ornament. This volume, with specially commissioned photography by Hugh Palmer, illustrates and discusses both grand and more modest water gardens throughout the world, including the Islamic masterpieces of Granada and Kashmir and the gardens of Kyoto in Japan. In Europe and America all the principal schools of garden design - Mannerist, Classical and Landscape invite the reader to share their delights. The ingenuity of the Italian garden is captured in stunning views, as are the grand vistas of Versailles, English landscaping, the smaller-scale pleasures of stream and pond gardens, and the finest gardens and designs by Roberto Burle Marx. Details and close-ups are included throughout, as are examples of the variety of water features that have embelished gardens. A section on arrangements to suit modern gardens, and listings of major water gardens worldwide complete the book. "The Water Garden" is not only a work to stimulate the gardener but also a sumptuous tribute to a great tradition which unites some of the most lavish and beautiful garden schemes ever devised. George Plumptre is a writer, joumalist and garden specialist. His many works include "Garden Ornament" (Thames and Hudson, 1989). Hugh Palmer has contributed photographs to numerous books, including "Garden Ornament, Trellis" (1991) and "The Formal Garden" (1992), all from Thames and Hudson.

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This inspirational book, with specially commissioned photography by Hugh Palmer, illustrates and discusses grand and small water gardens throughout the world, from the formal Islamic masterpieces of Granada and Kashmir to the tranquil gardens of Kyoto in Japan. All the principal schools of garden design in America and Europe are also included. The ingenuity of the Italian garden, with its brilliant aquatic engineering and variety of water features--chutes, staircases, fountains, and grottoes--is captured in stunning views, as are the grand vistas of Versailles and other gardens in the French style, the ''natural'' look of English landscaping, the smaller-scale pleasures of stream and pond gardens, and the profusion of tropical gardens. Presentday instances include Geoffrey Jellicoe's finest gardens and designs by Roberto Burle Marx. Details and close-ups are included throughout, as are examples of the remarkable variety of water features that have embellished gardens throughout the ages. An important section on the small garden and listings of major water gardens worldwide complete the book. The Water Garden is not only a work to stimulate the modern gardener but also a sumptuous tribute to a great tradition that unites some of the most lavish and beautiful gardens ever devised.

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