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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Didier Millet,Csi; Reprint edition (February 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814068918
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814068918
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 10 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Landscape architect Made Wijaya leads you on an inspirational tour of his creations." -- Copley News Service --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

AUTHOR Made Wijaya was born in Sydney, Australia. He arrived in Bali in 1973, having jumped ship and swum ashore in a rainstorm. A student of architecture, he intended the visit as a short break from his studies, but his fascination with Bali's rich culture and tradition led him to stay. A recognized authority on tropical gardens and architecture, he has published several books, including The Complete Stranger in Paradise and Architecture of Bali: a source book of traditional and modern forms. He contributed to Tropical Asian Style and was the main author of a pocket guidebook to Bali. Made Wijaya also lectures on landscape design at the National University of Singapore, encouraging a new generation of architects and designers to view the making of tropical gardens as an art form.

PHOTOGRAPHERS Tim Street-Porter lives and works in Los Angeles with an 18th century second house in Connecticut 2hours from New York. He studied architecture in London before becoming a photographer. He moved to LA in 1979. He works regularly for a variety of design and travel magazines and was the principal photographer for a number of books. This includes Tropical Garden Design, Mid-Century Modern and many others.
Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, born in Turin, Northern Italy and worked as an editor for an Italian publishing company before moving to Asia. He has since become a world-renowned photographer whose work appears in numerous coffee-table books featuring South East Asia's finest hotels and resorts, spas, homes, tropical gardens and archeological sites.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Renee Thorpe on May 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
With chatty wit, the inexhaustible landscape designer Made Wijaya seemingly shares all his knowledge of tropical gardens. Wijaya (born Michael White in Australia) known for his intimate knowledge and appreciation of the Balinese culture, reveals a well-traveled, discerning eye for garden style in a wide area of the Asia-Pacific tropics. Richly illustrated with sketches and fine photography, this has the appearance of a coffee table book. Yet Wijaya's anecdotes and criticisms make for a good read. While the author does not get into the nitty-gritty gardener's how-to's, it is an indispensable reference book for anyone wanting to learn more about tropical landscaping.
To impart an understanding of the tropical vernacular, Wijaya brings out a variety of sources for illustration. One entire chapter is devoted to an historical overview of the tropical garden, and it is peppered with old prints and photographs. Throughout the book are paintings, colonial-era vignettes, and nicely drafted sketches. Also useful is Wijaya's list of (mostly) Asian gardens that can be visited for reference or pure enjoyment of the tropical garden. Although the author includes a list of plants that flower in the wet season, there is no other list of botanicals, which would greatly assist the reader seriously involved in garden design. Tropical Garden Design is a style book, and a very entertaining one, at that.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful picture book to pick up and browse and transport yourself to the wonderful tropical gardens displayed in large colorful photographs throughout the book. If you are actually planning on designing a tropical garden as the title implies--forget it. There is little practical how-to information that is found in the book. The one page devoted to palms doesn't say much more that they are vital.The chapter on the brief history of early tropical gardens is the strongest chapter in the book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Katelyn Thomas on January 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you are suffering from winter blahs, Tropical Garden Design by Made Wijaya is the perfect way for you to escape. Although this book was written as a useful resource for tropical gardeners, it is also a lovely coffee table book for gardeners in colder climates. There are dozens of photos of lush tropical gardens in this book.

Tropical Garden Design begins with a history of tropical gardens. Because of Wijaya's writing style, this chapter is fun to read. The photos of the different tropical garden types are an added bonus.

Chapter two dives right into how to create a Balinese garden. This chapter discusses how to get the Balinese feel and there are many photos, but it is not a step by step garden plan.

As I moved on to Courtyards, Patios, and Terraces, I was excited to see an actual planting plan for a courtyard. There are also many pictures that will provide inspiration. I especially enjoyed the many different examples of stone used in the garden.

Chapters four and five cover water gardens and swimming pools. Again, the pictures are lovely, and chapter five does include one planting plan.

Planting schemes are discussed in chapter six. There are dozens of photos showing different planting schemes. Chapter seven covers tropical plants, but only touches on one or two of each species.

The final chapter of Tropical Garden Design discusses garden art. Again, there are many lovely photos.

The book ends with an appendix that includes information on Villa Bebek, a tropical home and garden, as well as a useful listing of trees and shrubs that flower in the wet season.

Tropical Garden Design is filled with lovely photos.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bamboochik on August 26, 2005
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This is the book that you will pick up and read over and over again as it inspires you to turn your own place into a tropical paradise. This is one of my very favorites in my personal library and I just wish there were more like it. Not a "how to" but a wonderful book for daydreams. A combination of good writing and gorgeous photographs...always a winner!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sullivan on July 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
The title of this book is "Tropical Garden Design", not "How To Design A Tropical Garden In Ten Easy Steps".

That reviewers on this page and across the board here on Amazon project their own desires into books that do not even pretend to be what the reviewers WISH they were is indeed odd, and quite unfair.

Neither the title nor desciption claims that this is a guide to installing your own tropical garden, yet reviewers here rate this great book on a low scale because it doesn't do exactly that.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a "How to" book then this is not it. It has nice pictures of tropical greenery but I did not see any outstanding "designed" tropical gardens in the book. A big disappointment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Ward on December 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You will find yourself repeadedly going back to this book, time & time again.

Along with William Warren's books there are no better sources of "ideas" for your tropical garden. Buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. R. Laing on July 12, 2006
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I agree with some other reviewers that this is a book for day dreamers. It does not claim to be a guide to tropical garden design and it certainly is not in that category. It is a nice book with many nice early morning photographs of selected beautiful tropical gardens, mostly in Bali. It is a sharing of Michael White's philosophy of garden design oriented around controlled jungles (with high labor input in maintenance) rather than on "how to do it".It is also a fitting reminder and proof that one does not need a university degree to be successful at one's chosen profession.
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