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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Edition Unstated edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810949806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810949805
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 9.4 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This book’s novel approach to showcasing international gardens allows the author considerable freedom to display lovely photographs of widely varying scenes, while allowing readers to take each image literally one day at a time. Garden photographer Hales (The Fine Art of Flower Arranging; etc.) shares photos of more than 150 gardens from North America, Europe and Asia. He arranges the gardens alphabetically, from The Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, British Columbia (on January 1), to A Zelun Garden, in Chengdu Province, China (on December 31). Although the gardens don’t seem to overtly correspond with the dates, their day by day positioning may help readers appreciate the photographs more slowly and carefully. Some gardens receive numerous pages (for five days in late August, Hales focuses on Portugal’s Quinta da Bacalhoa gardens), while others appear only once (such as Jones Wood Garden in New York City and The Elizabeth Lawrence Garden, in Charlotte, North Carolina). Each image appears full-bleed on a right-hand page, and brief commentary accompanies it on the left-hand page. Green thumbs and non-gardeners alike should find enjoyment in these calming, inspiring vistas.
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About the Author

Mick Hales photographs for many magazines, including House & Garden, and has contributed to numerous books. He took many of the photographs for Abrams' The Fine Art of Flower Arranging, Grounds for Pleasure, and More Decorating with Flowers.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lupo Montegrigio on January 9, 2006
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First of all, the title is very misleading. The ambition of this book is NOT to show the most beautiful gardens around the world and it has nothing whatsoever to do with the days of the year. It's easy to see that it's all a trick to market the book. The photographer has amassed a lot of photos over 20 years and hey - why not publish them? But what can possibly make the collection look a little less haphazard, the're from all over the place? Let's call them "gardens around the world", although the majority is from the U.S and Europe is only represented by G.B, France and Spain... And the gardens are NOT shot at the date they are given in the book, there is not a garden for every date, there are howewer a PHOTO for every day. The date-concept doesn't add anything to the experience of reading this book.

The good thing is that at a bargain price you get hours of garden exploring in your armchair. And for a European it's interesting to see some great formal American gardens that actually put there European predecessors almost in the shade. That would have been a good book, the American contribution alone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on January 1, 2005
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This is a lovely and unique book that features over 150 gardens throughout the world. Each double page spread corresponds with every day of the year (like a calendar), with a brief description of the garden on the left page and a photograph on the right page. Some gardens are featured on more than one page. Many of the gardens are world famous while others are more obscure. The size of the book is unique (7" high, 10" wide and 2 1/2" thick) and looks almost like a beautiful decorative box.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "acearly" on June 11, 2004
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What an excellent publication! This compilation of exquisite garden photos is a must have for any home owner or gardening enthusiast. Gardens Around the World: 365 Days is worth every penny of its full retail price, Amazon's deeply discounted price makes it a steal. Don't pass this one by! Your guests will quickly grab hold of this well bound book to see which gardens are featured on thier birthday, anniversaries, etc.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2005
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Photographer/naturalist/writer Mick Hales has created a book that visualizes not only the beauty but the imperative importance of gardens. He traveled throughout North America, Asia and Europe and not only found gardens of extraordinary beauty, but found those lovingly patient vistas from which we, the viewer, can be brought into an understanding and appreciation of the message of each garden. The photography is stunning, like paintings recreated by an artist's eye, but here the subject is captured without recreation: Hales' lens captures what is really there.

Hales speaks to each photograph, each garden view, enhancing what we otherwise might miss from the one vantage given us. He has arranged the 365 gardens both alphabetically as to place and further defined the photographs by months of the year. Here are gardens from winter to fall: the flow is as magical as the qualities of nature.

In his short but sensitive introduction to his portfolio he states: "As our society moves faster and faster, with technological advances each year, it is hard for us to keep our connection to the land. Keeping a garden is on answer to this loss - having one's hands in and smelling the soil. Watching plants grow, flower, and die back reminds us of our own humanity and the lives we have been given." And that sums it all! This is a MUST for gardeners, for naturalists, for dreamers. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, July 05
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nehekash on August 29, 2011
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This is a beautiful book. I sent it to my brother-in-law who is an incredibly talented landscape architect and he loves it which makes me very happy.
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