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Gardens Of Obsession


Gardens Of Obsession

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    Available in PDF Format | Gardens Of Obsession.pdf | English
    Gordon Cooper(Author) Gordon Taylor(Author)
These gardens of obsession are visionary, magical, beautiful, dreamy, witty and bizarre - all personal realizations of driven, all-consuming fantasies in the garden, representing all classes and all economic resources. These gardens are metamorphoses of dreams into garden realities. They use all sorts of materials, and range from large rocks shaped by Prince Orsini in the 16th century into Renaissance beasts below his villa near Rome to 20th-century plastic flowers floating in green corrugated sheeting in the front garden of Clifford Davis's terrace house in Blackpool. There are gardens that lie in the jungles of Mexico, a back garden in Chartres, France, a rock garden in India, and many "Edens" and paradises in the USA, as well as Holland, Spain, Scandinavia, South Africa and Australia.

Gardens of Obsession are "the metamorphoses of dreams, fantasies, ancient myths or allegories made into a physical reality". This stunning book features a breathtaking array of 150 gardens, from the beautiful to the bizarre, from the enchanting to the eccentric, each of them the realisation of one person's wildest dreams. And it is the fact that these dreams can be so completely brought to life on the garden's canvas that make this book so enthralling. Even the most extravagant design has been achieved with great accomplishment, even the most extreme idea has become reality. Yet these gardens are also testament to craft and hard work--only the obsessive bent on creating something truly personal can achieve the sort of visions exemplified in the book.

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  • By on 20 March 2001

    This is a book to die for! The gardens portrayed within this vast book, vary from the sublime to the wackiest you have ever seen. Topiary, jungles, deserts, sculptures, colour, and much much more. Inspirational to say the least, you can't put it down - and now Gordon and Guy(Curious Gardeners)can be seen on TV doing their stuff! A real find - excellent gift - must have book.

  • By T. Banks on 4 June 2014

    Having lent my original copy of this book out, I just had to order a replacement as missed being able to look at it and show others.This book is full of fabulous photographs of amazing gardens, from various parts of The World.Among my favourites are the examples of topiary, including the parterre at the Monastero de San Lorenzo in Spain (p22-23). Replanted in the 17th century, it has been maintained ever since. The medieval griddle/cross shapes now require scaffolding to enable clipping as have grown so closely together.Another example is the topiary re-creation of the 1886 Surat painting - Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (p28-29) in Ohio, USA.A book full of fantastic - and many extreme - examples of all sorts of different gardens. Inspired and dedicated gardening, beautifully presented in this book.I thoroughly recommend it.

  • By treeman on 6 October 2012

    This book is like the curate's egg....excellent in parts. It started brilliantly with chapters on topiary and grafting, and flower-loving eccentics. After that the books runs downhill at quite a pace with a chapter on folk with outdoor spaces populated entirely with things pulled off the local tip, or hub-cabs collected from the roadside. These spaces are not gardens, as little gardening actually takes place in them. The final chapter is about formal gardens and is excellent. So buy the book second hand, enjoy the first few chapters, and the last one, and don't bother with the middle section.

  • By huntstiler on 5 November 2013

    ...and a bit mad! Amazing selection of the quirky and downright obsessed, worth having on your coffee table to remind you that anything is possible!

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