The Poetics of Gardens

The Poetics of Gardens

by Charles W. Moore, William J. Mitchell, William Turnbull
     
 

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This is an entirely different garden book: a pattern book in which a score of landscapes and gardens are drawn, described, and analyzed not just as a bouquet of pleasures but as sources, lodes to be mined for materials, shapes and relationships, and ideas for transforming our own backyards. See more details below

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This is an entirely different garden book: a pattern book in which a score of landscapes and gardens are drawn, described, and analyzed not just as a bouquet of pleasures but as sources, lodes to be mined for materials, shapes and relationships, and ideas for transforming our own backyards.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With erudition and uncommon imagination, the authors consider the social and aesthetic history of gardens, deftly compressing encyclopedic findings in urbane prose. Illustrations. (Sept.)
Booknews
A celebration of places and the gardens they can become. Using more than 500 sketches, axonometric drawings, and photos, the authors study each garden, its history, and the patterns and ideas that contribute to its lore. In different cultures, times and geographical areas, different possibilities for gardens are revealed with many examples. A lovely book of high and accessible scholarship. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Washington Post

The authors begin by establishing some basic principles of gardening,
then go on to discuss 20 gardens from places as diverse as ancient Rome to Walt
Disney's Magic Kingdom...A provocative, challenging work.

Horticulture - Christopher Reed

The book is theoretical, challenging, and a literary delight. That three architects, two of them professors, could have produced a book so felicitously written, and without a single footnote, astonishes me. Their breadth of teaming is dazzling. The subtlety and clarity of their insights fill me with admiration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262132312
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/17/1988
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.88(d)

What People are saying about this

Horticulture - Christopher Reed
The book is theoretical, challenging, and a literary delight. That three architects, two of them professors, could have produced a book so felicitously written, and without a single footnote, astonishes me. Their breadth of teaming is dazzling. The subtlety and clarity of their insights fill me with admiration.

From the Publisher
"Here at last is a book destined to restore a more affectionate and personal relationship with the garden. Charmingly written, profusely illustrated,this handsome book introduces the reader to the beauty and wide variety of gardens - from the landscape designs of ancient China and India to those of Capability Brown and Walt Disney and the modem American suburban homeowner." John B. Jackson , landscape historian

"The authors begin by establishing some basic principles of gardening,then go on to discuss 20 gardens from places as diverse as ancient Rome to Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.... A provocative, challenging work." Washington Post

"The book is theoretical, challenging, and a literary delight. That three architects, two of them professors, could have produced a book so felicitously written, and without a single footnote, astonishes me. Their breadth of teaming is dazzling. The subtlety and clarity of their insights fill me with admiration." Christopher Reed , Horticulture

John B. Jackson

Here at last is a book destined to restore a more affectionate and personal relationship with the garden. Charmingly written, profusely illustrated,
this handsome book introduces the reader to the beauty and wide variety of gardens
-- from the landscape designs of ancient China and India to those of Capability
Brown and Walt Disney and the modem American suburban homeowner.

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