World Gardens

  • Art of the Japanese Garden

    The Art of the Japanese Garden is a comprehensive collection of the most notable gardens in Japan – including gravelled courtyards, early aristocratic villas, palace gardens, esoteric and paradise gardens, Zen gardens, warrior gardens, tea gardens and stroll gardens.

    Japanese gardening has reached new heights of sophistication, and serves as garden design and landscaping inspiration all over the world. The book introduces readers to the history, culture and design behind these large-scale works of art.

  • Artist's Garden

    Gardens have provided the location, the subjects, the pastime and the passion for our greatest artists, from Matisse and Monet to Dali and Da Vinci.

    This book looks at 20 gardens and more than 30 associated artists and examines the art, the garden-making and the gardens they immortalised. The book is about the real homes and gardens that inspired these great artists and the complex relationship between artist and garden.

  • Australian Coastal Gardens

    The coastal gardens of Australia are as varied as the geography of this vast continent itself.

    Join Myles Baldwin as he travels around the country, from the gentle landscape of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and the sheer cliffs of Sydney's Dover Heights to an old copper mining town in South Australia and beyond. On his journey he finds a diverse range of gardens, some created by professionals, others by enthusiastic amateurs, but all entirely appropriate to their location and often difficult conditions.

    Also included is an extensive plant guide, compiled by Myles based on his many years' experience of working on the coast and his conversations with horticulturists, which will guide you through the practicalities of gardening by the sea. Accompanied by Sue Stubbs' stunning photography, Australian Coastal Gardens is great reading for anyone who loves gardens and gardening.

  • Bawa: The Sri Lanka Gardens

    This is a story of two brothers set in the lush tropical landscape of Sri Lanka. It begins with a largely photographic overview of the country's natural features, showing the varied palette of landscapes that inspired Bawa's sensitive treatment of architecture.

    At the very heart of the book is an intimate portrait of two gloriously detailed gardens and the personalities that brought them into being. But it is also a story about the nature and landscape of an island of exceptional beauty. The book has something to offer tropical-garden enthusiasts and all those seeking a photographic portrait of Sri Lanka.

  • Bayou Bend Gardens

    Conceived in 1926, by legendary collector and adventurous gardener Irma Hogg, to surround Bayou Bend in Houston, this is one of the most beautiful US public gardens, using diverse native / imported plants in formal and informal gardens amongst woods and ravines.

    In-depth history, plans, sketches, archival / recent photos.

  • Beyond the Garden Gate

    The Southern Highlands of New South Wales is an area renowned for its seasonal beauty and extravagant estates. Behind the hedges and over the fences are grand mature trees, collections of sculptures, treehouses, lakes, walled vegetable gardens and tiered herbaceous borders. Throughout it all is an enveloping sense of community in this magical part of the world.

    Beyond the Garden Gate reveals not just hidden gems but also the very personal story behind each garden.

  • Classic Gardens - The French Style
    This glorious book traces the evolution of the French formal style throughout Europe – Versailles (France), Peterhof (Russia), Quelez (Portugal), La Granja (Spain) – from the jardin clos of the Middle Ages to Renaissance gardens influenced by classical antiquity and, lastly, to gardens of breathtaking scale and engineering ingenuity at the 17th century's close. Through text, 190 wonderful photos (150 in colour) and detailed plans of 36 of Europe's most spectacular gardens, it reveals who commissioned these gardens, who designed them and who used them, providing an important historical context and luscious visual record of some of the world's most magical places.
  • Cutting Back

    At 35, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning from one of the most storied landscaping companies in Kyoto. Cutting Back recounts Buck's bold journey and the revelations she has along the way.

    During her apprenticeship in Japan, she learns that the best Kyoto gardens look so natural they appear untouched by human hands, even though her crew spends hours meticulously cleaning every pebble in the streams. She is taught how to bring nature's essence into a garden scene, how to design with native plants, and how to subtly direct a visitor through a landscape.

    She learns the most important lessons from her fellow gardeners: how to balance strength with grace, seriousness with humour and technique with heart. Cutting Back is an insightful story of personal growth that will appeal to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

  • Flowers in the World's Most Beautiful Gardens
    Flowers in the World's Most Beautiful Gardens puts the spotlight on the star of the garden – the flower.

    Tracing the history of flower gardens from the Middle Ages to today, the book discusses the types of flowers commonly planted, the landscape designs, the advances in technology and how these practices have changed throughout the centuries. Each chapter also focuses on a significant type of bloom – the rose, iris and tulip, among others.

    Illustrated with more than 180 exquisite photographs by Alain Le Toquin, the book features the world's most extraordinary flower gardens, showcasing gardens in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, New Zealand, Russia, the United States, Thailand and many more.

  • Gardens of Dorset
    40 of the best gardens photographed in Dorset, from the intimate to the grand. Images taken through the seasons change to best show the landscape. Written in close consultation with garden owners, read of the history and development of designs, planting and landscaping. This timeless rural landscape of rolling hills, meadows, wooded corners to the coast with its heath land and spectacular cliffs will delight and surprise!

  • Gardens of Eden
    Spanning time and continents, this fully illustrated colour handbook tours the worlds most beautiful gardens from ancient Persia and the Buddhist-inspired landscapes of China to Les Jardins du Paradis in France and the Nooroo Gardens in Australia. Features descriptions and histories as well as suggestions on how and when to visit them. A celebration of the ideals and aesthetics that govern the creation of gardens in many cultures, this book is organised by theme rather than place, including Writers' Gardens where some of the world's greatest writers found inspiration and Politician's Gardens where world leaders have found solace.
  • Gardens of Japan

    In Japanese gardens, visitors find nature condensed and brought to perfection. Trees are trained and sculpted; the finest natural landscapes are reproduced in miniature; and the seasons are celebrated with spring blossom and the fiery leaves of autumn.

    The Gardens of Japan is the perfect introduction to Japanese gardens. Helena Attlee captures the essence of Japanese garden style, and outlines its history. She then explores 28 of the great Japanese gardens in detail, explaining their character and nature. Alex Ramsay's superb photographs illustrate every aspect of the gardens.

  • Gardens of Marrakesh

    The thousand-year-old city of Marrakesh is characterised by its pink-coloured pise architecture and its deeply rooted tradition for gardens and green spaces. The majority of historic sites are inextricable from their gardens – or indeed are historic green spaces.

    The first book to be published on this fascinating subject, Gardens of Marrakesh champions the city' s relevance today in a world of water scarcity and urban development and explores its green heritage, considering some 20 gardens both from an historic and cultural perspective.

  • Gardens of Russell Page

    Perhaps the greatest garden designer of the twentieth century, Russell Page (1906–85) was trained as an artist, and brought an architectural sensibility and a keen eye for style to the many vast garden projects that he undertook.

    With the assistance and co-operation of Page's clients, Schinz and van Zuylen have researched and photographed all of his best work, both early and late, and some now no longer extant.

    Through his private files and unpublished writing, the man and his work are brought into sharp focus, and over 250 photographs capture the special beauty of his creations in England, America and throughout continental Europe.

  • Gardens of the National Trust

    The National Trust has the finest collection of gardens in the United Kingdom. Stephen Lacey paints a vivid historical and horticultural picture of the individual gardens, placing them firmly within the context of gardening history in Britain.

    All the major periods and styles of garden design are represented, ranging from the formality of early gardens to the famous plantsmen's gardens of the last century. Much has happened in the gardens of the National Trust since the last revision of this book, and this edition has been revised to embrace recent restorations and to introduce recently acquired properties.

    The book serves as a practical guide as well as a source of inspiration. Each entry gives details of soil type and climate and an appendix includes many other gardens to visit. Glorious colour photographs illustrate the entries, complementing the text to bring the gardens to life.

  • Grand Melbourne Gardens

    Gardens have always occupied a special place in Melbourne's communal heart. We are known for our vast, meandering Botanic Gardens and our generous green city spaces. We are also known for our tree-lined streets, which give tantalising glimpses of beautiful houses behind high fences.

    This book takes us behind these fences and into the very heart of these oh-so-private gardens. Every garden in this book has its own atmosphere and soul – largely reflecting the passions of the person who has created or maintains it. There are vegetable gardens, clivia walks, ancient English oak trees, rose gardens, rambling exotic courtyards, city rooftop wonderlands and bold stepped garden beds.

    Many of these gardeners and home owners see themselves merely as the custodians of these treasured spaces, as they generously share their gardening experiences with the reader. This is a celebration of gardens new and old, small-scale and enormous – all grand in their horticultural ambitions and inspiration.

  • Great Gardens of London

    Great Gardens of London unearths the most fascinating stories of plants and people inside London's most exciting gardens to be savoured and enjoyed.

    The book is a captivating photographic portrait of the greatest gardens of the capital which are primarily closed to the public or rarely open their gates. It features gardens designed by some of the leading contemporary garden designers from across the world. Accompanying the photographs, the essays on the design and planting explain the designers' inspiration and passion.