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Tropical Garden Design Paperback – February 16, 2011
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About the Author
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book - lovely pics! Mostly non-American locations - had hoped to see a few US gardens! A lot of Bali, etc.Published 11 months ago by Barbara C. Weems
Happy with purchase. Good place for asian themed tropical gardensPublished 15 months ago by Michael C. Baker
Have had this book for a few weeks now, I bet I've been through it cover to cover at least 3 times. Has beautiful pictures and great ideas for my own garden. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Happy10
I thoruoghly enjoy the book, as if you are in the garden.
Beautiful pictures and informative text!
I enjoy going back to it time and again to feel inspired.
Made's book is just wonderful. I know people who have employed him over the past 27 years and have been trying to buy his books for ages. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Donna Drake
How to make an exception tropical garden while magnifying the local character? Read this book and your imagination be a stimulus.Published on July 31, 2011 by Mathieu Laroche
I love this book. It is inspiring. You are able to trace the original and evolution of tropical garden designs - with a strong Baliense influence.Published on January 31, 2011 by Danyelle B