Gardens of the world Two thousand years of garden design

Jean-Paul Pigeat

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Published
Paris : Flammarion 2003.
Edition
English-language ed
Language
English
French
Item Description
Translation of: Jardins du Monde.
Physical Description
223 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 32 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
2080112724
Main Author
Jean-Paul Pigeat (-)
  • In the beginning: water gardens
  • Gradens of the Gods
  • Gardens as expressions of wealth
  • Gardens of knowledge
  • Recreational gardens
  • Landscaping
  • A miniature world
  • A return to intimacy
  • Gardens for the people.
Review by Choice Reviews

This volume has the large format, sumptuous photography associated with coffee-table books promising encyclopedic pictorial coverage of some category of cultural history, in this case two millennia of garden design. Pigeat, director of the International Conservatory for Gardening and Landscaping Design in Chaumont-sur-Loire, France, has chosen a thematic rather than a chronological approach, highlighting examples of such familiar types as water gardens, gardens that function as expressions of wealth or power, and public gardens--as well as a few less predictable groupings, such as idiosyncratic, self-referential gardens or those that reflect aspects of a society's worldview. His voice is personal, even somewhat chatty; occasionally awkward prose may be a fault of translation. There are a few lapses in historical accuracy as well, such as the failure to credit Calvert Vaux, not just Frederick Law Olmsted, for design of New York City's Central Park. The real strength of the book, however, is the author's fresh and insightful selection of more recent works by artists, sculptors, and professional and amateur garden makers, all of which brilliantly demonstrate the continuing richness and relevance of garden design within societies around the world. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates; professionals; two-year technical program students. Copyright 2004 American Library Association.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this lavishly illustrated, large-format book, Pigeat (director, International Conservatory for Parks and Gardens and for Landscaping, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France; Loire Valley Sketchbook) calls upon more than 30 years of exploring the world's most unique and beautiful gardens to present a history of international garden design. Each chapter examines a theme, which ranges from water gardens to gardens as expressions of wealth to gardens of the people. Examples of each theme are carefully selected, beginning with a modern archetype such as the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, or the Lightning Field in Quemado, NM; the text then moves on to an internationally famous historical garden, including the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, and the Ryoan-ji of Kyoto, Japan. Overall, more than 100 gardens in 15 countries are showcased, with the juxtaposition of the contemporary and the historical demonstrating the evolution of gardening over the centuries. This beautiful volume will delight gardeners, but its narrow focus limits it to libraries with large gardening collections.-Nancy Myers, Univ. of South Dakota Lib., Vermillion Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Explores the history of garden design through a personal tour of some of the loveliest gardens in the world, including both popular favorities and little-known retreats.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Gardens of the World offers you a highly personal vision of some of the loveliest gardens in the world, from Canada to China, from Brazil to Russia. Some are well-loved favorites, visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year; others are tranquil oases of calm known only to a privileged few. Yet each garden has something to teach us about the history of garden design, from the ostentatious design of Versailles, where the sumptuous layout reflects the monarch's boundless power, to the inspired innovation of the Eden Project, which aims to teach visitors about the environment - our most most precious resource - and the cutting-edge design of Gas Work Park in Seattle, which reclaimed a former industrial site for the people of the city to enjoy once more. Gardens of the World offers a truly magnificent panorama of garden history - and holds a clue as to what we can expect from the gardens of tomorrow.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A truly magnificent panorama of garden design for professional and designers and garden travelers alike. Internationally renowned expert Jean-Paul Pigeat sets out to examine both the enduring styles and the bold new trends in garden design. Pigeat juxtaposes traditional and contemporary garden designs, exploring their themes as expressions of a culture’s artistic creativity and social structure. Pigeat retraces his steps through famous and lesser-known gardens around the world. From the ostentatious design of Versailles, where the layout reflects power, to the inspired innovation of the Eden Project in England, which aims to teach visitors about the environment, to the cutting-edge Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington, which reclaimed a former industrial site. Lavishly illustrated, with a lush format and informative text this truly magnificent panorama of garden design will meet the expectations of professional and designers and garden travelers alike.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A truly magnificent panorama of garden design for professional and designers and garden travelers alike. Internationally renowned expert Jean-Paul Pigeat sets out to examine both the enduring styles and the bold new trends in garden design. Pigeat juxtaposes traditional and contemporary garden designs, exploring their themes as expressions of a culture’s artistic creativity and social structure. Pigeat retraces his steps through famous and lesser-known gardens around the world. From the ostentatious design of Versailles, where the layout reflects power, to the inspired innovation of the Eden Project in England, which aims to teach visitors about the environment, to the cutting-edge Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington, which reclaimed a former industrial site. Lavishly illustrated, with a lush format and informative text this truly magnificent panorama of garden design will meet the expectations of professional and designers and garden travelers alike.