Synopses & Reviews
Best known for his strikingly modern structures, Frank Lloyd Wright was also a highly influential landscape designer. The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright is the first book in full color to focus on Wrights four most famous residential landscapes: his first home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois; his magnificent 3,000-acre summer home Taliesin, in Wisconsin; his 600-acre winter home Taliesin West, in Arizona; and Fallingwater, in Pennsylvania, the commission that made him world famous. The product of extended visits to properties associated with Wright, as well as extensive interviews with surviving colleagues and students, the book also explores the Japanese and Mayan landscapes that inspired Wright and his appreciation of the stone meeting circles and naturalistic prairie plantings of the great landscape architect Jens Jensen. Planting plans allow readers to create prairie- and desert-style gardens of their very own.
From Elle Decor
The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright gives the prolific architect his due as an inventive landscape designer, from Fallingwater to Taliesin.
From Garden Design
Designed with many large (only a handful are archival) photos, the book focuses on eight residential and public gardens that Wright had a hand in. Whatever and wherever he designed, its clear that his thinking was way ahead of his timeparticularly his ideas on organic design, which ring even more true today. Among his many sound-bite dictums, he said: learn from nature” and organic b buildings are bred by native character to environment, married to the ground.”
This marriage between building and site is what the book celebrates. They are partners, they are onethe landscape is not just a backdrop to showcase the building.
From Newark (NJ) Star Ledger
Fifty years after his death, Frank Lloyd Wright still is celebrated as a visionary architect. A cottage industry of books examines his achievements, controversial life and legacy. Yet little is written about Wrights attention to landscapes, which preoccupied him as much as his designs for homes and commercial buildings.
Derek Fell illuminates this aspect of Wrights career in a handsome, oversize book that touts Wright as a master landscaper-garden designer with crisp commentary and compelling photos that almost pop off the pages.
About the Author
Derek Fell is the author of several books on artists' gardens, including Monet's, Van Gogh's and Renoir's, as well as many gardening books.James Van Sweden is America's leading garden designer and landscape architect based in Washington D.C. His revolutionary garden designs often combine dramatic informal plantings with the practical beauty of architectural 'bones' that anchor his gardens to the ground. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the recipient of many distinguished awards. His work is published widely in gardening books and periodicals and he is a frequent guest on television and radio shows.