Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North Americaby Kendall H. Brown, David M. Cobb
Quiet Beauty: Japanese Gardens of North America is an extraordinary look at the most beautifuland serenegardens in the United States and Canada. Most Japanese garden books look to the gardens of Japan. Quiet Beauty explores the treasure trove of Japanese gardens located in North America. Featuring an intimate look at twenty-six gardens, with numerous stunning color photographs of each, that detail their style, history, and special functions, this book explores the ingenuity and range of Japanese landscaping.
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Nitobe Memorial Garden, University of British Columbia, Vancouver,
Japanese Garden, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Texas
Garden of the Pine Winds, Denver Botanic Gardena, Colorado
Japanese Garden, Montréal Botanical Garden, Québec
Tenshin’en (The Garden of the Heart of Heaven), Museum of Fine Arts,
Roji’en (Garden of Drops of Dew), The George D. and Harriet W. Cornell
Japanese Gardens, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens,
Delray Beach, Florida
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Margaret T. Hance Park, Arizona
Garden of the Pine Wind, Garven Woodland Garden, Hot Springs, Arkansas
"Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history at Cal State Long Beach and one of the experts to weigh in on the Storrier Stearn garden in Pasadena, has a book coming out this month. It's titled Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America, and for this edited Q&A, we asked about his fascination with Japanese gardens, how best to experience them and why our notion of Japanese gardens is not entirely Japanese." —LA Times
"With an introduction titled "Places to dream," Kendall H. Brown extols the serenity of Japanese gardens, lauding their soothing environments in a world of "the cacophony of cities (and) the anonymity of suburbs." … The gardens, [Brown] says, can nurture, educate and stimulate creativity, and Quiet Beauty can do the same." —The Oregonian
"In this lavishly illustrated book, art historian Brown and photographer Cobb act as tour guides to 26 such gardens—including the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Francisco Nitobe Memorial Garden in Vancouver, B.C., and Shomu'en (Pine Mist Garden) at Cheekwood in Nashville, Tenn.—that are accessible, historically significant, and compelling physical spaces." —Publishers Weekly
"This compilation of images by photographer David M. Cobb, and information on the most beautiful and serene gardens in the United States and Canada features gardens from Seattle, Bainbridge Island and Spokane." —Seattle Times
"By the end of this well-written and beautifully photographed book we realize that, far from being lost in transplantation, Japanese garden aesthetics and principals have been re-codified and adapted to create energizing, transformative works." —The Japan Times
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Meet the Author
David M. Cobb is a member of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association), PPA (Professional Photographers of America), and GWA (Garden Writers Association). He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and their two cats.
Kendall H. Brown is Professor of Asian Art History in the Art Department at California State University Long Beach. He also recently served as Curator of Collections, Exhibitions and Programs at Pacific Asia Museum. Dr. Brown is a leading figure in the study of Japanese gardens in North America and is the author of Japanese-style Gardens of the Pacific West Coast.
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