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In The Garden Hardcover – April 24, 2012

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A political science/photojournalism major from Barnard College, Columbia University, Stacy Bass began to focus on Fine Art and Commercial Photography in college, and then studied at the Maine Photographic Workshops—with masters Jay Maisel, Joe Baraban, William Albert Allard and others. From her first solo exhibition in 1988, her fine art work has become part of numerous private, corporate and hotel collections and her images and unique perspectives continue to tap into the emotion and sensibility of a wide spectrum of viewers.

Always with an eye and an interest in all things visual, her career ambitions have taken her through numerous magazine positions, including a senior position at fine art photography start-up: On Seeing. Stacy is also a graduate of NYU School of Law where she concentrated on Copyright, Trademark, Art and Entertainment law and later used her expertise to become vice president of a publicly traded motion picture and television company, Savoy Pictures Entertainment, Inc.

Stacy’s passion for capturing light, color and the essence of a place, event or feeling manifests itself in her images. For the last number of years, Stacy has been shooting architecture, interiors and gardens for high-end shelter magazines as well as for architects, builders, interior and landscape designers and other advertising clients. In February 2007, she mounted a solo show of her garden and botanical images called First Light, at Gallerie Je Reviens in Westport, CT. This sold out show was also a fund-raiser for the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT. Stacy followed this show with a solo show of her personal work called Speak, Memory, which was mounted at Amy Simon Fine Art in February 2009. She is a contributing photographer for Moffly Publications’ award-winning magazine athome, and she continues to pursue challenging commercial assignments from major specialty and lifestyle publications and advertisers. Her editorial work has appeared in: athome, Westport Magazine, Greenwich Magazine, Garden Design, Horticulture, House Beautiful, California Homes, Luxe Interiors + Design and Consumer Reports among others. Additional clients include: Monrovia, The Eli Lilly Company, ConAgra, Bassam Fellows, Rosemary Hallgarten, Wadia Associates, Peter Cadoux Architects, Shelley Morris Interiors, J. Pocker & Sons, Elizabeth Eakins Cotton and many more.


Suzanne Gannon is an award-winning journalist who covers interior design and gardens, culture, food, wine, fashion, antiques, and luxury and soft adventure travel – and the people and businesses behind those products and pursuits. Perpetually on the hunt for a good story, she is equally enthralled by wide open spaces and dense urban places and delights in the quirky and the offbeat. Her work has appeared in: Town & Country, The New York Times, the Financial Times, Art & Antiques, The Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, AtHome, Virginia Living, Heritage, Coastal Living, Luxe Interiors + Design, Via, Executive Traveler, Delta Sky/NWA World Traveler, Preservation, AtHome, Greenwich, Town & Country Travel, Motto, Newsday, New York Wine Salon, Four Seasons, Wines & Vines, Elite Traveler, New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton, Wine Business Monthly, and elsewhere. She has been a guest on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” and has worked as a stringer for McClatchy-Tribune News Service where her coverage of the ‘Project Runway’ Season 5 finale, filmed at Fashion Week 2008, was the first story to hit the wire, beating the Associated Press and Reuters. She has completed two New York City marathons and is training for her third. She enjoys live music and speaking Italian (badly), and is at work on her first book, In the Garden, with photographer Stacy Bass.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Melcher Media; First Edition edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595910735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595910738
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By susan vandendriesse on January 20, 2013
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I was finished with the book in about seven minutes. I was extremely frustrated by the number of photographs spread across two pages with the most interesting elements of the photograhs stuck in the spine of the book. I struggled to press the book open to see what the writer was referring to. Doesn't anyone look at the layout and design before publishing? More of an artsy book than a true gardeners book. Some of the prose referred to garden highlights than were not even photographed. ("Boyish statue of Pan", for example) Too many full page close ups of individual flowers. Not a book I would go back and re-read or garner any ideas from that I could actually use.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sfmom on May 3, 2012
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In the Garden is more than just a coffee table book. Bass's photos capture the vitality and beauty of her subjects' gardens but it is Gannon's essays that bring the gardens and their passionate creators to life. She shares the small, revelatory tidbits of each gardener's passion in a way that you feel they are old friends giving you a personal tour.

This book is a true treasure to be thumbed through and enjoyed over and over.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Pampalone on April 28, 2012
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Every few years, a garden book comes along that breaks through the pack with a unique point of view that takes the reader beyond its alluring images, explaining how the gardener, writer or in this case, the photographer arrived there.

With In the Garden, her first book, photographer Stacy Bass does just that, by re-examining a decade and a half of her best garden portraiture.

Perusing the pages, one cannot help but appreciate again and again, the understated elegance that comes from Bass's signature technique of shooting in soft, diffused morning light. She states, "Very early on, my technique began to be defined by my decision to shoot at dawn whenever possible...there remains a magic about those precious, fleeting moments as the sun is ready to rise."

Bass's intuitive use of light, color and composition places her squarely in the company of landscape photographers Marianne Majerus, Andrea Jones, Andrew Lawson and John M. Hall.

Readers are treated to more than 200 shimmering pages, chronicling the very divergent and personal stories of how eighteen exquisite gardens came to be. While all of these gardens are in the Northeast, their styles are divergent, representing the range from the formally structured parterre to a rambling meadow of natural grasses.

Essayist Suzanne Gannon does a remarkable job capturing the detailed backstories of the gardens based on research and interviews with garden owners, caretakers and landscape designers.

In The Garden is an offering that will appeal to everyone from novice to master gardener, featuring a generous archive of lavish spreads, richly detailed closeups and framing that altogether inspires a sense of awe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth in Iowa on January 27, 2014
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"In the Garden" was published in 2012 and is culmination of Stacy Bass' decade-long career as a photographer of gardens for magazines such as Horticulture, Garden Design and House Beautiful. She is certainly a very talented photographer, with an ability to show us the beauty of plant materials and lovely garden settings, and "In the Garden" is indeed beautifully photographed. The gardens themselves are uniformly lovely and certainly worthy of being included in this book, ranging from small yards lovingly planted to magnificent old-money estates impressively landscaped.

However, I don't believe that Bass is a serious gardener herself, which shows in both her photographs and in the design of her book.

When most serious gardeners and students of garden design read books that describe and depict gardens they want to understand the "essence of place" that is unique to each garden. Such books should be the next best thing to actually walking around a garden in person, which is not always possible.

But in order for armchair garden visitors to understand the essence of a garden, it is necessary to know a few things:
1. A garden's region and setting (rural/urban)
2. The basic history of the garden
3. The relationship of the garden to the house, in style and layout
4. Any significant plant collections or garden areas
5. Something about the maker(s) of the garden
6. The basic layout of the property, orienting it to the four cardinal directions, showing the relationship of garden areas to each other and to any major landscape features such as mountains, large bodies of water, forests, farm fields, etc. A basic property map is very helpful
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CJS17 on May 6, 2012
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Ever want to sneak into a secret garden and capture its mystery? This book goes beyond a good read, it's to be explored. I was locked in an enchanted journey as soon as I turned the first page. The photographs are beautiful, engaging and inspiring. Need to get away for a quick vacation? Sit down, put up your feet, and open this book. The photographer captures magic and puts it in your lap.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine A. Webster on July 22, 2013
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This beautiful book is not only a joy to own but it gave me a fabulous idea for a front yard garden makeover at my own home. One particularly stunning photo, (pg 66 & 67) shows a white picket fence with bushy and fantastic pink ballerina roses tumbling over it. I was so moved by the photo that my partner and I proceeded to build a picket fence on our own property and will be adding white versions of roses like this in the spring of 2014. The photography in this book is beautifully done, the author and photographer is a true professional, and the gardens themselves are enchanting. I have shown this book to several of my friends and everyone who sees it orders a copy for themselves. I highly recommend this one if you like gardens, flowers, landscape photography and a pleasant read.
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