New Garden Design: Inspiring Private Paradises

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The new garden is a pleasure garden vested with spiritual, symbolic and ecological intent. A modernist interpretation of Roman stone furniture and freestanding walls punctuate the space behind a 1970s ranch house. A home designed by Bernard Maybeck is accented with a freehand composition of urns, cement pipes and rusty objects, as well as over a thousand species of plants. A grove of olive trees underplanted with rosemary and lavender fields gives personality to two acres surrounding a house designed by modernist...
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Overview

The new garden is a pleasure garden vested with spiritual, symbolic and ecological intent. A modernist interpretation of Roman stone furniture and freestanding walls punctuate the space behind a 1970s ranch house. A home designed by Bernard Maybeck is accented with a freehand composition of urns, cement pipes and rusty objects, as well as over a thousand species of plants. A grove of olive trees underplanted with rosemary and lavender fields gives personality to two acres surrounding a house designed by modernist Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. From vegetable and succulent gardens to sculpture and rose gardens to mountain and waterfront gardens, New Garden Design covers a range of interpretations incorporating walls, fountains, pavilions, canals, pools, terraces and groves in unexpected ways.

Garden ideas spring from many sources, and new gardens today-abstract in design and with seemingly no connection to the formalities of a paradise garden or its Persian, Indian or Greco-Roman and Mediterranean antecedents-echo them all. New Garden Design aims to show how many ancient lessons haven't been forgotten. These gardens are fertile ground for creation, perception and meditation. Thirty-eight garden projects and more than 200 gorgeous full-color photographs provide inspiration for creating your own garden sanctuary.

ZAHID SARDAR
is a San Francisco writer, editor and designer specializing in gardens, interiors, architecture and design. He is the Design Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and has also written about Bay Area and West Coast design in national and international publications including Metropolis, Architecture, House and Garden, and Western Interiors and Design. He has lectured on garden design for the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, the Garden Conservancy and at UC Berkeley Extension. Sardar has contributed to several books and is the author and designer of San Francisco Modern.

MARION BRENNER is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including House & Garden, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, the New York Times, Elle Décor, and Sunset. She is also in the permanent collections of the SFMOMA and the Berkeley Art Museum. In 2002, she had a one-person exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum. She lives and gardens in Berkeley, California.

Book and cover design by Zahid Sardar
Author portrait by Judy Dater
Photographer portrait by Sasha Stedchinski
Cover: Garden by Bernard Trainor
Back cover: Garden by Roger Warner
Endpapers, front: Sunflowers, art print
Endpapers, back: Scabiosa flowers, art print

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603344
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,377,493
  • Product dimensions: 12.12 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Zahid Sardar is the design editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and has reported on garden, interior and architecture design for twenty years in the Bay Area. His work appears in Chronicle Magazine and other national and international design publications such as House & Garden, Western Interiors and Design, Elle Décor, Architecture, Metropolis, Elle Decoration and Schoner Wohnen magazines.

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Walled Roman pleasure gardens with frescoes, such as those preserved at Pompeii, show how the Greeks before them must have tried to shape their sacred parks and gardens. Kitchen gardens, we learn from ancient chroniclers, were within paved open-to-sky courts outside a one-room house and may have had potted herbs and plants, while horticultural space for vegetables and flowers grown in the ground was usually within shouting distance of the town gate.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction: The First Garden 12

The Garden Wall 22

Persian Inspiration in San Francisco 26

Conversation Pieces 30

Mexico in Santa Monica 34

Garden at Big Sur 38

Water in The garden 44

A Crater Lake 48

A Taste of the Wild 54

Green Rooms 58

Learning Their Lines 60

A Garden in the Woods 66

A Waterfront Garden 68

Water Garden 72

Rivers of Rock 78

dry gardens 84

Living with Cactus 88

The Thrill of Euphorbia 94

A Southern California Palette 100

High and Dry in the City 106

Flashy Wonders on a Mountaintop 112

A Painter's Garden 116

Home on the Beach 120

pavilions and follies 126

A Pagoda Fantasy 130

Perennial Color in a Flowerless Garden 136

Hideout in the Trees 140

bountiful gardens 146

Sonoma Harvest 150

For a Bold Landscape, a Bolder Garden 158

Uncommon Harvest 164

Ridgetop Farming 168

art in the garden 174

Grounds for Sculpture 178

Casa Bowes Garden 184

Bold Forms in a Cultivated Paradise 190

Ocean Gallery 196

Exotic collections 200

The Learning Game 204

Gallery Garden 208

Maybeck's Hideaway 214

Hilltop Wonderland 218

healing Gardens 222

History Walk 226

Following Zen 230

Gardening with Reverence 234

Resources 243

Bibliography 247

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