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Silver award winner for Best Garden Book of 2016 from The Independent Publishers Awards, A Tea Garden in Tivoli - American Garden Design Inspired by the Way of Tea is a guide to garden design and flower arranging woven around the story of a unique garden in the Hudson Valley of New York."Great gardens in small spaces" is the theme. Gardens need not be Versailles-sized to be inspiring.
This is an intriguing and accessible introduction to the Japanese garden aesthetic for the backyard gardener by veteran Zen and Tea student Bettina Mueller.
Drawing from her three decades long study of the Japanese Tea tradition where great even legendary gardens are small by necessity, Bettina sets out to turn her 1/8 of an acre backyard in the small village of Tivoli, New York into a private world of beauty and tranquility.
Awards for A Tea Garden in Tivoli: 2016 Silver medal winner for best garden book from Indpendent Publisher Book Awards. 2015 Best International Garden Design award from Gardenista.com.
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Bettina Mueller is the author of A Taste of Heaven and Earth (Harper Perennial) which was nominated for a Julia Child Award, and The World in a Bowl of Tea (Harper Perennial).
At various times she's been a cook on a working tugboat, a news photographer, owner and chef of a pioneering vegetarian restaurant, and executive of a cutting edge Internet company.
In addition to her interest in food and media, she's been a lifelong student of Zen, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and the natural world.Review:
For anyone who has considered taking on the challenge of transplanting Japanese culture to a new setting, here is a great example, with hints on gardens, tea ceremony, and flower arranging. --Marc Peter Keane, author of The Japanese Tea Garden and Japanese Garden Design
"This beautifully photographed book celebrates an aesthetic of harmonious simplicity, urging others to bring beauty to even the smallest spaces." --House Magazine
"A small, enchanting garden, one based on the principles of Japanese design - simple yet beautiful, evocative of the calming effects of nature." --The Almanac Weekly
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Book Description Tea House Press, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0578162024