Author(s): Tim Richardson
An authoritative and superbly illustrated celebration of the great gardens of the United States and Canada from the author of the highly acclaimed The New English Garden. The gardens chosen for this book range from eighteenth-century landscape gardens such as Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in North Carolina, through twentieth-century creations such as the lakeside garden at Innisfree in New York State and dramatic Naumkeag in Massachusetts to the work of exciting new designers such as Topher Delaney in San Francisco and Martha Schwartz in New Mexico. Many of the gardens are open to the public, so readers can actually visit them. The others, newer domestic gardens, offer instead glimpses into a glamorous world of luxurious outdoor living. To view a video preview of Great Gardens of America click here
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A very satisfying literary and visual experience providing a great temptation to gardeners. BBC Gardens Illustrated Twin interest in history and contemporary design gives Richardson the confidence to select (and leave out) gardens from the rich past and present of American garden design as he sees fit. It's an assuredness that inspires so much trust in his expertise that this reader, at least, wants to pack this book and travel across America to visit the places that Richardson has described. -- Andrea Wulf Literary Review Such a book is long overdue. Americans have been feasting on British imports a la Brookes, Hobhouse and Verey for long enough. By spotlighting US talents, Mr Richardson is 'returning the compliment', and, perhaps, paving the way for ideas to corss the Atlantic in the opposite direction. Country Life Author and photographer worked closely together on this book, and it shows in an unusually clear correspondance between Tim Richardson's incisive text and Andrea Jones's gloriously atmospheric photographs. Sunday Telegraph Richardson, one of the bigger brains in garden writing, teams up with virtuoso photographer Andrea Jones, and the result is so good it would make you cry. Irish Times A sumptuous coffee-table tome about how man has shaped landscape for his own aesthetic pleasure. Glasgow Herald A wonderful book, from a perceptive and entertaining author. House & Garden Great Gardens of America' surprises, confirms, enlightens and enhances our knowledge of American gardens. It shows what can be achieved when a strong concept is realised without compromise in production or content. Garden Design Journal A beautiful book, lovingly produced and lavishly illustrated with photographs. Professional Gardener A tour de force by the author. Garden
TIM RICHARDSON is a writer who specializes in garden and landscape design and history. He has been gardens editor at Country Life, and landscape editor at Wallpaper* magazine, and was founding editor of both the award-winning gardens magazine New Eden and Country Life Gardens. He now contributes mostly to the Daily Telegraph, House and Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. He is the author of Phaidon's The Garden Book, Vanguard Landscapes Gardens of Martha Schwartz, English Gardens of the 20th Century and the award-winning The New English Garden published by Frances Lincoln. He is also editor of Vista: the Culture and Politics of Gardens (Frances Lincoln). ANDREA JONES is one of the world's foremost garden photographers, having built up an international reputation for her photographs of landscape architecture, gardens and plants. The latter was the subject of Andrea's critically acclaimed solo book Plantworlds (2005). She has collaborated on numerous other book projects since Bold Plants and Grasses and Bamboos, both by Noel Kingsbury (1999). Andrea's collection of work forms the stock library Garden Exposures and appears in the international press including Gardens Illustrated, Garden Design (USA), House and Garden and The Daily Telegraph. Based in Scotland, Andrea is a Fellow of the RSA and exhibits her work around the world having had several successful solo exhibitions in both the UK and US. In 2008/9 she was voted Photographer of the Year by her peers in the UK's Garden Media Guild.
GARDENS Chanticleer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Chris Woods Longhouse, East Hampton, New York State - Jack Lenor Larsen Les Quatre Vents, Quebec, Canada - Frank Cabot Innisfree, Millbrook, New York State - Walter Beck and Lester Collins Lotusland, Santa Barbara, California - Ganna Walska Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia - Thomas Jefferson Naumkeag, Stockbridge, Massachusetts - Fletcher Steele The Huntington Library Cactus Garden, Los Angeles, California - William Hertrich The Cornerstone Garden Festival, Sonoma, California - Various designers Metis Festival and Gardens, Quebec, Canada - Various designers Kykuit, Tarrytown, New York State - WW Bosworth El Novillero, Sonoma, California - Thomas Church The Douglas House, Phoenix, Arizona - Steve Martino Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania - Pierre Dupont Stan Hywet garden, Akron, Ohio - Warren Manning Vizcaya, Miami, Florida - Diego Suarez Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois - Piet Oudolf and Kathryn Gustafson Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC - Beatrix Farrand Middleton Place, Charleston, North Carolina - Henry Middleton The Rifkind Garden, Amagansett, New York State - Wolfgang Oehme, James van Sweden and Eric Groft Miller Garden, Columbus, Indiana - Dan Kiley Filoli, Woodside, California - Bruce Porter Windcliff, Seattle, Washington - Dan Hinkley Hither Lane, East Hampton, New York State - Doug Reed and Gary Hilderbrand Bloedel Reserve, Seattle, Washington - Prentice and Virginia Bloedel