Synopses & Reviews
Japanese plants have had an unmistakable influence on the gardens of the world. Who can imagine gardens without flowering cherries, hostas, Japanese maples, or magnolias? For all the popularity of these plants in international gardens, however, few gardeners know the full story of Japanese plants — their history and uses in gardens in Japan, their horticultural merits for gardens of all kinds, even the meaning and symbolism of their native names. Now for the first time, a color encyclopedia provides an authoritative overview of the Japanese garden flora. Garden Plants of Japan serves as a manual for horticultural advice, a source of inspiration for armchair gardeners, even a guidebook for travelers to Japan. Sumptuously illustrated, it explores the entire palette of plants cultivated in Japan, carefully noting which plants are authentically Japanese and which are transplants. The selection of plants and the amount of detail and insight are unprecedented.
"The authors develop an extensive plant encyclopedia, a kind of guided tour of the plants Japanese gardeners enjoy and, in many cases, revere."—Marty Ross, Horticulture, May 2005 Marty Ross
"Spend an hour with this book, and you'll be wondering why we all don't grow the delicate, fragrant, early-blooming Japanese apricot ... as well as a whole garden's worth of little-known pines, bamboos and flowering cherries."—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times, November 17, 2004 Horticulture
"There's something here for everyone intrigued by Japan or by plants."—Josephine Bridges, Asian Reporter, July 12, 2005 Valerie Easton - Seattle Times
Sumptuously illustrated, this one-of-a-kind color encyclopedia provides an authoritative overview of Japanese garden flora. "Garden Plants of Japan" serves as a manual for horticultural advice, a source of inspiration for armchair gardeners, and even a guidebook for travelers to Japan. 0-88192-650-7$59.95 / Timber Press, Inc.
Sumptuously illustrated, this books explores the entire palette of plants cultivated in Japan, carefully noting which are native and which have been introduced.
About the Author
Gerard Taaffe received his horticulture education at National Botanic Gardens in Dublin, the Royal Horticultural Society garden at Wisley, and the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. He has held several senior positions in horticulture and is currently a freelance landscape gardener and designer who teaches garden design in Japan. He also writes a garden column for the Japan Times.Ran Levy-Yamamori received a B.A. in horticulture from Hebrew University and has worked as a field biologist and natural history writer. He wrote Wild Flowers of Japan and co-authored Flowers of the Eastern Mediterranean. Currently he writes on nature for various publications in Japan, Europe, and his native Israel, and for several years, he wrote the popular "Flower of the Week" column, which appeared on the front page of The Japan Times Sunday edition.