Author(s): SPENCER-JONES RAE
1001 Gardens is an extraordinary showcase of the best examples of man's artistic taming of nature from the world's most outstanding landscape gardeners. From the famous gardens of the Moorish Alhambra to hidden gems, such as the Leichtag family's Healing Garden, created for patients at the San Diego Children's Hospital, this lavishly illustrated guide will delight both lovers of natural beauty and gardeners alike. Covering the entire globe, the guide presents the very best example of every gardening style, whether it is the inspirational European floral display of impressionist painter Claude Monet's garden at Giverny in France or the exuberant diversity of the lush tropical gardens of Bali. Everywhere, gardens speak of the intimate relationship between man and the environment. Worldwide and from person to person our conceptions of beauty may differ, but gardeners are united in their desire to create visions of heaven on earth, places that stimulate the imagination and restore the spirit.
An extraordinarily rich sourcebook of garden variety, encompassing fine examples of styles as diverse as the English rose garden, the Italian formal garden, the Japanese water garden, and the cactus-filled desert garden of the American Southwest. Written by an extensive team of international horticulturists and garden journalists. This 2012 edition has been updated with 20 new gardens including the High Line, Manhattan's pioneering conservation project. Important features including national plant collections, historic buildings, specialist garden sculptures, rare trees and outstanding seasonal flowering, are all highlighted. Hours of fascinating reading for the dedicated, hands-on gardener and the appreciative garden visitor alike.
"Vast compendiums are often best avoided, but 1001 Gardens You must see before You Die, is an exception Original and far ranging, this Edenic grouping stretches across nearly every continent. "
Â�"Town & Country," December 2007
"Most of the entries have pictures, though to me the most interesting gardens are those that cannot be captured in one image. The landscapes that seem to give their all in one sitting, or rely on a lot of bedding annuals for color, those are the one that I will try to live without. In that sense, the book is valuable as well. "
Â�"Washington Post," May 6, 2007, Adrian Higgins
" the latest book fad is the ubiquitous '1,001 things to see before you die ' category. It 's Chicken Soup for the Crazed Urbanite soul. "
Â�"New York Post," July 23, 2007, Mackenzie Dawson
"From the publishing house that already has brought us "1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die" and "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" comes
Rae Spencer-Jones studied horticulture before joining the editorial team of Gardens Illustrated magazine. Now a freelance horticultural journalist and author, she has written on all areas of horticulture for a wide range of gardening publications, including the gardening pages of the Daily Telegraph and The Times, Gardener's World magazine, and Gardens Illustrated. Her own book, Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe, was published by Kyle Cathie in 2005. Contributors include: Caroline Holmes, Erica Hunnungher, Christine Reid, Barbara Reid, Barbara Segall and Naomi Slade.
Denver Botanic Gardens The Healing Garden, San Diego New York Botanical Gardens Pacific Undersea Gardens Beth Chatto Gardens Great Dixter RHS Garden, Wisley Kew The Eden Project Giverny Parc Guell Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney And many, many more from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, England, wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Iran, India, Kashmir, China, Japan, Bali, South Africa, Australia and Fiji.