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!!!
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.
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.
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).
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!