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Gardens in China / Peter Valder.

By: Valder, Peter.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, c2002Description: 400 pages : illustrations (some color), col. maps ; 30 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0881925551(hbk); 9780881925555(hbk).Subject(s): Gardens, Chinese -- China | Gardens -- ChinaDDC classification: Online resources: Publisher description
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In this new companion book to The Garden Plants of China , Peter Valder describes more than 200 gardens he has visited in China. He documents temple courtyards and gardens, evocative enclosures of ancient burial grounds and imperial tombs, and public parks, botanical gardens, and arboreta, most of which have sprung up since 1949.

Gardens in China is illustrated with more than 500 color photographs, many of them depicting gardens not previously illustrated in any Western publication, as well as reproductions of illustrations of historical interest. With their distinctive characteristics, the gardens of China are among the most fascinating in the world. This book is essential reading for visitors to China with an interest in gardens, garden history, and Chinese culture.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 390-394) and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 11)
  • Chapter 1 Through Western Eyes (p. 17)
  • Chapter 2 The Centre (p. 65)
  • Chapter 3 The North (p. 127)
  • Chapter 4 The South (p. 219)
  • Chapter 5 The East (p. 243)
  • Chapter 6 The West (p. 335)
  • Bibliography and References (p. 390)
  • Table of Chinese Dynasties (p. 394)
  • Index (p. 395)

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

Mouchou Hu (Mouchou Lake)This lake is named after Lu Mochou, a woman of the Southern Qi Kingdom (479-502), who is supposed to have lived here. It is just outside the line of the western wall of the old city and has been a famous scenic spot at least since the Song. It is said that the first Ming emperor played chess here with his general Xu Da in the Winning Chess Hall, though presumably the present building of the name must do no more than commemorate the alleged event.After 1949 the area was rejuvenated and is said to have become the city's most admired park, though it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Various buildings are grouped along the southern shore of the lake, rockeries have been constructed, and a statue of Lu Mochou now stands in the middle of a pond in one of the courtyards (fig. 5.75). A wide range of traditional Chinese garden plants has been established, including bananas, lotuses, snowball trees, Paulownia fortunei, various crabapples, Wisteria sinensis and flowering peaches.Owing to its popularity this park exhibits the well-worn look which is so often the lot of such places. And from time to time it falls victim to the vagaries of taste. When I visited it, a subsidiary lake, with water so enriched that it was completely covered by floating weeds, had clusters of red and yellow umbrellas distributed over its entire surface. I suspect that, with its auspicious colours, this expression of creativity received much approval.Photo above: Umbrellas arranged on the weed-covered surface of a pond, Mouchou Lake, Nanjing. Excerpted from Gardens in China by Peter Valder All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Botanist Valder extensively documents more than 200 important gardens of all varieties currently existing in China. Information for each site includes a historical overview, descriptions of the site and plantings, and observations about garden design both within the context of the culture and from an aesthetic vantage. More than 500 color photographs taken by the author of the gardens, plants, ornaments, and other landscaping details enable an invaluable visual approach to this material. Appendixes include a bibliography, a table of Chinese dynasties, and an index that is especially useful since the overarching organization is geographical. Previous works by Valder include The Garden Plants of China (CH, Nov'99). More comprehensive than the popular The Chinese Garden: History, Art, & Architecture, by Maggie Keswick and Charles Jencks (CH, May'79), Gardens in China evidences a botanical knowledge sometimes lacking in more design-oriented surveys. Authoritative and readable, this title is a required reference for both landscape design and Asian studies collections. All levels. E. H. Teague University of Oregon

Booklist Review

As travel to China increases, garden lovers look to specialty tours as a way of experiencing firsthand the unique aesthetic beauty and cultural traditions of Chinese garden design. Now Valder's illuminating compilation of more than 200 gardens promises to provide the ultimate resource for future travelers, who, before embarking on a trip, can study and savor images and information on diverse horticultural realms located throughout China. Repeated visits allowed Valder to photograph extensively, resulting in a lavish record of famed Imperial gardens as well as fascinating examples of lesser-known temples, parks, and botanical arboreta. Journeying far and wide, Valder presents a breathtaking study comprised of articulate narrative, compelling historical reproductions, and up-to-date photographs documenting planting styles and the ongoing renovation of buildings and garden hardscaping. Encompassing a treasury of plant portraits, stunning architectural details, and awe-inspiring vistas, Valder's chosen topic is rendered in such depth as to rouse armchair dreamers and act as a call to action for avid garden trekkers. --Alice Joyce