The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright

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Best known for his strikingly modern structures, Frank Lloyd Wright was also a highly influential landscape designer. The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright is the first book in full color to focus on Wright’s four most famous residential landscapes: his first home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois; his magnificent 3,000-acre summer home Taliesin, in Wisconsin; his 600-acre winter home Taliesin West, in Arizona; and Fallingwater, in Pennsylvania, the commission that made him world famous. The product of extended visits to properties associated with Wright, as well as extensive interviews with surviving colleagues and students, the book also explores the Japanese and Mayan landscapes that inspired Wright and his appreciation of the stone meeting circles and naturalistic prairie plantings of the great landscape architect Jens Jensen. Planting plans allow readers to create prairie- and desert-style gardens of their very own.

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From: Introduction - Wright's Love of Nature

Frank Loyd Wright (1867-1959) is world famous as an architect. He was a genius in the way he wedded stone and wood, steel and concrete, buildings and nature. Less well known - in fact, hardly known at all - is Wright's remarkable gift for landscape design and the beautiful gardens he cultivated during his lifetime, particularly at his summer home, Taliesin, and his winter home Taliesin West. Cornelia Brierly, landscape architect and graduate of Wright's architectural fellowship, has been associated with Wright's work for more than 75 years. When asked how she rated Wright as a landscape architect, she declared: "He was the greatest landscape architect that ever lived. " In my view, this is hardly an exaggeration. Wright's landscapes can be compared with those of the great British landscape architect, Capability Brown (1716-1783), whose work transformed the gardens of the stately homes of England; and the Brazilian, Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), whose acclaimed landscape projects include the promenade at Rio de Janeiro's fabulous Copacabana Beach. Like Wright, both gardened on a vast scale, altering the natural landscape to create magnificent vistas that disappear into infinity. All created lakes, bridges, woodland, hills and contours where none previously existed. Because Wright was an architect as well as a landscaper, he not only knew how best to site a residence in a particular location, and how best to improve a challenging landscape, but also where to leave nature alone. ...

A mixed perennial border at Taliesin, with a statue of a Chinese deity atop the retaining wall. Taliesin West: the forecourt. Carmel Cottage (the Walker House) Fallingwater: the plunge pool Oak Park: outline plan Kentuck Knob

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Derek Fell is the author of several books on artists' gardens, including Monet's, Van Gogh's and Renoir's, as well as many gardening books.James Van Sweden is America's leading garden designer and landscape architect based in Washington D.C. His revolutionary garden designs often combine dramatic informal plantings with the practical beauty of architectural 'bones' that anchor his gardens to the ground. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the recipient of many distinguished awards. His work is published widely in gardening books and periodicals and he is a frequent guest on television and radio shows.Derek Fell is the author of several books on artists' gardens, including Monet's, Van Gogh's and Renoir's, as well as many gardening books.James Van Sweden is America's leading garden designer and landscape architect based in Washington D.C. His revolutionary garden designs often combine dramatic informal plantings with the practical beauty of architectural 'bones' that anchor his gardens to the ground. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the recipient of many distinguished awards. His work is published widely in gardening books and periodicals and he is a frequent guest on television and radio shows.

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