Présentation de l'éditeur
Opening with an informative chapter on the symbolism and history of the Japanese Garden, this introductory guide examines the ancient influences that have brought Japanese gardening into the 21st century and focuses on the essential elements of the garden, both natural and man-made. The second half of the book introduces the five main styles of the Japanese Garden Pond, Dry, Tea, Stroll and Courtyard and examines how ancient history, Zen and Japanese ritual have shaped the modern garden. With chapters on topiary, decorative artefacts and tsubukai, this essential guide is a splendid examination of the most mysterious forms of landscape gardening. With more than 80 images and authoritative text, it celebrates one of the most intriguing horticultural art forms of the past 400 years.
Biographie de l'auteur
Charles Chesshire is a highly regarded garden designer and writer. He has designed gardens in America and Britain, and is consultant to Sudeley Castle Gardens in Gloucestershire. Fascinated by the connection of Zen meditation to the philosophy and design of Japanese gardens, he has studied and toured Japan on a number of occasions. He also helped to introduce a number of new varieties of clematis from Japan, when he was curator of the National Collection of Clematis held in Burford House Gardens, Worcestershire. Charles lectures widely on a number of subjects, including Japanese gardens.