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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book impressed me with the amount of information on garden design, styles and history it has. No, it is not a coffee table book with pretty pictures, but a serious study on the history of garden design. The pictures in it are black-and-white, as well as all diagrams and plans. It is an excellent reference book for students of landscape design and garden lovers alike!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
It's really about experiencing and analyzing the spacial environment. Well written & illustrated. I've used it as a supplemental text in a history of L.A. course, & students have found it really valuable. I've just plain enjoyed it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Good examples of different aspects of the landscape. Explains different types of gardens well. It was an assigned book for a class, which made me not want to read it, but I'm glad that I did. Well written with good diagrams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Reminds me of the old Whole Earth Catalog, with interesting lists and discussions of elements and examples of garden design. Youngsters might see it as a paper version of a well-moderated blog that posts content-rich lists and travelogues on a given theme, here the theme is garden design. Not a lot of reverie, but then again it *is* published by MIT press...maybe this is as poetic as MIT gets (Cornell engineering alum here).
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a book full of the breath of life. Like the great gardens described, it can be appreciated in many ways. At once a collection and a pilgrimage, combining East and West, always with a touch of humor, it makes you feel the joy of being alive!
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