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Gardens of Obsession: Eccentric and Extravagant Visionsby Gordon Taylor
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How would you describe the garden of your dreams? Gordon Taylor and Guy Cooper have found more than 150 gardens that could be called visionary, magical, beautiful, mysterious, witty, and bizarre. They are located in countries as diverse as Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, and Australia. Some are based on myths and allegories from the ancient world; others grew out of a passion for a single type of plant. Some reflect high culture; others are folksy or kitsch. Ideas have taken on a new life as extravagant topiaries in Ecuador, a formal Renaissance garden in France, giant wooden hands rising from a small hillside garden in California, and a garden of 1500 roses in Somerset planted in order of their introduction into western Europe. Each of these gardens is an extraordinary example of a person's innermost, all-consuming fantasy come to life. 192 pages, 165 color illus., 9 x 11. NEW IN PAPERBACK
"A fertility sculpture garden in Bangkok and a topiary cemetery in Ecuador are just two of the astonishing stops on this garden-world romp."--Conde Nast Garden. ". . . infectiously enthuses about gardens on the cutting edge: the audacious, the radical, and the astonishing. . . . Cooper and Taylor take us on a wild and satisfying ride . . ."--Garden Design Magazine. ". . .an eye-popping worldwide survey of garden statuary, from surreal to monumental to cheerfully obscene."--Chicago Tribune.
A collection of over 100 eccentric, extravagant and magical gardens from all over the world, conceived by gardeners driven by their dreams and fantasies. They range from rocks shaped by Prince Orsini in the 16th century to 20th-century plastic flowers floating on green corrugated sheeting.
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