Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer Reading - The Contemporary Garden

I'm adoring this book - The Contemporary Garden, by Phaidon! We can start with the cover, a fab San Francisco garden with staggered cubes of river stone and baby's tears. Some where I have a photo of this garden torn out of a magazine in my "dream" folder. Sigh...sorry to see in the book that this is at a private house. Will remain a dream though!

The Contempory Garden presents a chronological selection of 100 iconic gardens starting in 1920 through 2008. I like the historic order to the book, seeing the transition and evolution of the modern garden.

Massachusetts' own Naumkeag, one of the earlier gardens, is featured, a must see if in the Berkshires.

If you're an avid gardener who appreciates innovative and contemporary design, pick this book up, it's not too expensive and will delight and inspire you. Perhaps it should be winter reading, when you gardeners have more time to plot and plan!

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