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Extraordinary Gardens of the World Hardcover – October 5, 2010

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As a companion piece to his BBC production, Around the World in 80 Gardens, Don offers a lush homage to those gardens that speak to an essential sensitivity or ecumenical theme. From the personal to the communal, spiritual to natural, botanical to edible, examples of the best public and private gardens are appraised from an aesthetic as well as horticultural point of view. Roland Emmerich’s Hollywood garden exemplifies tropical opulence, while tranquil enclaves throughout Japan, India, and China demonstrate the inherent synergy between gardening and religion. Australia’s Alice Springs Desert Park epitomizes the quintessential “un-garden” just as James van Sweden’s Chesapeake Bay home showcases the serendipitous harmony of location and architectural vision. Alpine gardens in South Africa and cactus gardens in Mexico celebrate the vibrancy found within specific plant cultures, just as Villandry in France’s Loire Valley and Thuthuka in Johannesburg demonstrate the extremes to be found in food-producing gardens. Opulently produced yet with an understated narrative, this global exploration will delight armchair and actual gardeners. --Carol Haggas


'Drool-over tour of the world's most celebrated gardens: from Mexico to India. Intelligently written and packed with new photographs.' WOMAN & HOME 'A sumptuous book for a garden lover to treasure' SCOTTISH WOMAN 'a joyous celebration of green-fingered ingenuity.' CHOICE 'a wonderful variety of features from grand vistas to intimate details. With glorious pictures and a tactile flocked jacket' HOMES & GARDENS

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