280 pages, 300 colour photographs
An authoritative and superbly illustrated celebration of the great gardens of the United States and Canada. The gardens chosen for this book range from eighteenth-century landscape gardens such as Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in North Carolina, through twentieth-century creations such as the lakeside garden at Innisfree in New York State and dramatic Naumkeag in Massachusetts to the work of exciting new designers such as Topher Delaney in San Francisco and Martha Schwartz in New Mexico. Many of the gardens are open to the public, so readers can actually visit them. The others, newer domestic gardens, offer instead glimpses into a glamorous world of luxurious outdoor living.
A very satisfying literary and visual experience providing a great temptation to gardeners. BBC Gardens Illustrated Twin interest in history and contemporary design gives Richardson the confidence to select (and leave out) gardens from the rich past and present of American garden design as he sees fit. It's an assuredness that inspires so much trust in his expertise that this reader, at least, wants to pack this book and travel across America to visit the places that Richardson has described. -- Andrea Wulf Literary Review Such a book is long overdue. Americans have been feasting on British imports a la Brookes, Hobhouse and Verey for long enough. By spotlighting US talents, Mr Richardson is 'returning the compliment', and, perhaps, paving the way for ideas to corss the Atlantic in the opposite direction. Country Life Author and photographer worked closely together on this book, and it shows in an unusually clear correspondance between Tim Richardson's incisive text and Andrea Jones's gloriously atmospheric photographs. Sunday Telegraph Richardson, one of the bigger brains in garden writing, teams up with virtuoso photographer Andrea Jones, and the result is so good it would make you cry. Irish Times A sumptuous coffee-table tome about how man has shaped landscape for his own aesthetic pleasure. Glasgow Herald A wonderful book, from a perceptive and entertaining author. House & Garden Great Gardens of America' surprises, confirms, enlightens and enhances our knowledge of American gardens. It shows what can be achieved when a strong concept is realised without compromise in production or content. Garden Design Journal A beautiful book, lovingly produced and lavishly illustrated with photographs. Professional Gardener A tour de force by the author. Garden
GARDENS Chanticleer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Chris Woods Longhouse, East Hampton, New York State Jack Lenor Larsen Les Quatre Vents, Quebec, Canada Frank Cabot Innisfree, Millbrook, New York State Walter Beck and Lester Collins Lotusland, Santa Barbara, California Ganna Walska Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia Thomas Jefferson Naumkeag, Stockbridge, Massachusetts Fletcher Steele The Huntington Library Cactus Garden, Los Angeles, California William Hertrich The Cornerstone Garden Festival, Sonoma, California Various designers Metis Festival and Gardens, Quebec, Canada Various designers Kykuit, Tarrytown, New York State WW Bosworth El Novillero, Sonoma, California Thomas Church The Douglas House, Phoenix, Arizona Steve Martino Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania Pierre Dupont Stan Hywet garden, Akron, Ohio Warren Manning Vizcaya, Miami, Florida Diego Suarez Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois Piet Oudolf and Kathryn Gustafson Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC Beatrix Farrand Middleton Place, Charleston, North Carolina Henry Middleton The Rifkind Garden, Amagansett, New York State Wolfgang Oehme, James van Sweden and Eric Groft Miller Garden, Columbus, Indiana Dan Kiley Filoli, Woodside, California Bruce Porter Windcliff, Seattle, Washington Dan Hinkley Hither Lane, East Hampton, New York State Doug Reed and Gary Hilderbrand Bloedel Reserve, Seattle, Washington Prentice and Virginia Bloedel
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Tim Richardson is a writer who specializes in garden and landscape design and history. He has been gardens editor at Country Life, and landscape editor at Wallpaper* magazine, and was founding editor of both the award-winning gardens magazine New Eden and Country Life Gardens. He now contributes mostly to the Daily Telegraph, House and Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. He is the author of Phaidon's The Garden Book, Vanguard Landscapes Gardens of Martha Schwartz, English Gardens of the 20th Century and Arcadian Friends: the Makers of the English Landscape Garden. He is also editor of Vista: the Culture and Politics of Gardens (Frances Lincoln). Andrea Jones is one of the world's leading photographers of gardens and landscapes. Her pictures regularly appear in newspapers and magazines including The Times, the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Gardens Illustrated, Garden Design (USA), House and Garden and National Geographic. They have also featured in numerous books, including Bold Plants and Grasses and Bamboos, both by Noel Kingsbury, Hardscape by Anne-Marie Powell and Virgin Gardener by Paul Thompson. Her first solo book project, the critically acclaimed Plantworlds (2005) is a remarkable photographic collection of the intimate details of plant life. She is a member of the Association of Photographers, the Garden Writers' Guild and the Garden Writers of America Association.