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Posted February 21, 2008
Most of gardens of the world can be put into two major categories: formal gardens and naturalistic gardens. The formal gardens are represented by Egyptian gardens, Persian gardens, Islamic gardens, Italian gardens, French gardens, and some American gardens, etc. The naturalistic gardens are represented by some famous English gardens, Chinese gardens, and Japanese gardens, etc. If you mention English gardens, most people will think of large areas of lawns, trees, garden architecture, lakes and sky. These are the basic elements of a typical English landscape garden. 'The English Garden' covers not only the typical and well-known English landscape gardens, but also formal garden layout ''formal bones'', country gardens, kitchen gardens and contemporary gardens, influences from abroad, as well as garden ornament, plant materials such as English roses, etc. Ursula Buchan and Andrew Lawson wrote: 'All gardens, if they can be described as such, have ultimately to do with the desire of their maker to control their surroundings.' They continued to discuss the various periods of English gardens including the Roman period when the early formal gardens dominated and the Landscape Movement period when geometric forms were intentionally rejected. They also discussed knot gardens and parterres, Medieval courtyard gardens, the Arts and Crafts style, the cottage gardens and the New Naturalism. 'The English Garden' is one of the most comprehensive books on English gardens open to visitors. It has 240 pages and over 300 color interior photographs. It is one of the indispensable books for English garden lovers.
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Posted May 9, 2010
anyone interested in garden design will love this, Andrew Lawson's photos are artfully composed and printing of high quality, Ursula Buchan's narrative is informative and piques interest in further exploration of various gardens. Together they've produced a beautiful work highlighting both the tradition and whimsy of English gardens. highly recommended for gardeners, Anglophiles, or anyone who enjoys fine photography.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.