11-28-2009 02:12 AM
Now available for the first time in paperback, the magnificent Oxford Companion to the Garden illuminates the history and design of gardens all over the world, from the earliest recorded known examples to the present day, encompassing everything from small private gardens, to the secret gardens of Arab princes, to the vast public park at Versailles.
With hundreds of photographs and illustrations, the book's broad sweep make it the perfect reference for garden-lovers everywhere, offering in 1,750 alphabetical entries wide-ranging coverage that sheds light on virtually every aspect of the topic. The writing is authoritative and engaging and there are sumptuous color photographs by some of the world's best garden photographers as well as elegant engravings of historical subjects. Well over half of the entries are devoted to individual gardens, many of them open to the public.
These include every kind of garden from palace gardens to botanic gardens and arboreta, late 20th-century land art, and contemporary gardens everywhere. The volume also provides biographies of garden designers, nurserymen, and others, entries on the worlds of horticulture and plant science, and articles that range from garden elements and styles to scientific issues and social history.
Central to the book are the garden cultures of Italy, Britain, France, China, Japan, and the USA, but the coverage is worldwide, including such far-flung regions as Turkey, Peru, and Bali. The contributors include leading authorities and top garden writers from more than 25 countries. Many of their entries include suggestions for further reading and the work's usefulness is further enhanced by a general bibliography, a thematiclisting of contents, and an index of gardens, individuals, themes, and features.
"Put plainly, this doorstop of a reference book is worth its weight in gold."
--The Los Angeles Times
"The perfect guide for anyone who wants to learn in an entertaining way about magnificent classical to contemporary gardens of the world.... Can be displayed on your coffee table."
--The Washington Post
"Liberally sprinkled with handsome full color photographs that catch the spirit of the individual landscapes."
"A word of warning--there's no quick escape from this marvelous book."
First published in 1986 as The Oxford Companion to Gardens, this revision includes 1750 A-to-Z entries covering all aspects of gardening. The focus here is still on garden design but with a greater emphasis on the gardens themselves. Indeed, over 1000 gardens world wide are featured-a number greatly expanded from the previous edition-including both public and private gardens in locales as varied as the United States, Japan, Turkey, and Peru. Garden experts from all parts of the globe contribute entries that generally run three or four paragraphs. Broader topics, like entries on specific countries, may run up to six pages.
Also included here are biographies of garden designers and related practitioners in the field, garden-related concepts and styles, and general overviews of horticultural practices. A thematic listing of entries at the front of the book gives the user a quick overview of what can be found in specific categories. The 45 historical engravings and 96 color photographs (not seen) are sure to enliven the text. Bottom Line Highly recommended for public and academic libraries that support garden and landscape programs.-Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Patrick Taylor is a well-known garden writer and lecturer. He has been writing about gardens and gardening for nearly twenty years and is the author of many books and has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, Country Life, Gardens Illustrated, and The Garden.
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Table of Contents
|Introduction and Acknowledgements||vii|
|Editorial TeamPatrick Taylor was born in 1941 in Bangor County Down, Northern Ireland. After medical and specialist training in Ulster he emigrated to Canada in 1970 to pursue a career in academic medicine. He has held appointments at a number of universities and retired in 2001 to write and sail full-time. He is the author of more than one hundred research papers, editor of a medical journal and continues to contribute to many journals throughout North America. This is his third book of fiction, and the Irish-American Post will be printing excerpts of it. Taylor lives on Bowen Island, B.C., with his wife Kate.||xi|
|List of Colour Plates||xxvii|
|Note to the Reader||xxix|
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11-28-2009 02:25 AM
11-28-2009 02:26 AM
Another site describes this book:
Edited by Patrick Taylor
Over 1,800 entries
‘... a word of warning – there's no quick escape from this marvellous book’ — Hugh Johnson
This Companion is devoted to gardens of every kind and the people and ideas involved in their making. It combines a survey of the world's gardens with articles on a range of topics, such as garden visiting, horticulture, scientific issues, and the social history of gardens, as well as biographies of garden designers, nurserymen, and others. Over half the entries are devoted to individual gardens, ranging from palace gardens such as Versailles to private gardens of outstanding design or plant interest, botanic gardens and arboreta, and late 20th-century land art. The geographical coverage is worldwide, with contributions from leading authorities and top garden writers from more than 25 countries.
Edited by Patrick Taylor, independent garden writer and lecturer
11-28-2009 02:29 AM
Here is an excerpt I found here: http://www.mywire.com/a/Oxford-Companion-Garden/Ha
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© Oxford University Press 2006
12-02-2009 12:04 AM
Plants & Gardens News Volume 21, Number 2 | Summer 2006
A classic reinvented, The Oxford Companion to the Garden, is edited by Patrick Taylor. It supersedes one of my favorite reference books, The Oxford Companion to Gardens, edited by Geoffrey and Susan Jellicoe, Patrick Goode, and Michael Lancaster. As Taylor writes in the introduction to the newCompanion, its predecessor "was a book that all with a serious interest in gardens and their history needed to have on their shelves." When an advance copy of Taylor's new volume came to me, I immediately started looking for what had changed—other than the subtle difference in the title. The expanded coverage is obvious: 1,750 total entries versus 1,500, and 1,000 individual gardens profiled versus 700. Color has been added, but while 100 color photographs trapped in 25 signatures may be prettier, they are not as edifying as the earlier volume's 250 black-and-white photographs scattered throughout and sensibly attached to the text.
I turned to one of the subjects that I thought was inadequately covered in the original Companion: Japanese gardens. Happily, Marc Peter Keane, author ofJapanese Garden Design (and a contributor to BBG's Japanese-Inspired Gardens) has been enlisted to correct this. He does so with thoroughness and balance and nearly triples the number of entries that were in the original. There are many other wonderful additions to the list of contributors, such as David Streatfield, who has added depth to the coverage of California gardens, and Charles Beveridge, whose entry on Olmsted replaces Patrick Goode's rather perfunctory one in the earlier volume. There is a fourfold increase in the number of United States gardens described, and indeed, geographical coverage is considerably expanded to include many more non-European garden cultures.
More "garden styles and types" are also covered, including baroque and vernacular gardens—but there's still nothing on modernist gardens (and entries for modernist figures Richard Neutra and James Rose have been eliminated). There are comparatively long new entries under the thematic title "aesthetic and theoretical issues." Roy Strong's contribution ("artist and the garden") is certainly one of the best of them, but several of these articles lack perspective and critical rigor, like "photography and gardens," by Andrew Lawson, who is an important contemporary garden photographer but not, in my opinion, the best choice to write this essay.
At first, I was puzzled by why Taylor decided that this Companion should be "for the most part newly commissioned" and swapped out so many of the earlier volume's contributions by respected academic scholars like John H. Harvey, John Dixon Hunt, Ann Leighton, Monique Mosser, and Kenneth Woodbridge. But it seems his editorial decision was to compile a book that would appeal as much to those who visit gardens as those who study them. That's certainly how the book reads and why it should be welcome in many more garden lovers' libraries than the original. It's also the reason why the new Companion does not replace the first, which remains an essential tool (and is still generally available in the used-book market). Gluttony, perhaps, but I am glad I have both books.
Finally, like chefs who rely on trucs de cuisine, gardeners have trucs du jardinier. Garden experts have offered their tricks and tips to successful cultivation at least since the days of ancient Rome, and gardeners are still trying to sort through their clutter of bewildering, often conflicting advice. Like a horticultural Mr. Wizard, Jeff Gillman enjoys nothing so much as testing that advice, and in The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't & Why (Timber Press, 2006), he offers his trenchant explanations of the science behind more than 100 common practices. Among his general subjects are fertilizers, water, biostimulants, and pesticides. Each entry covers "the practice," "the theory," "the real story," and "what it means to you."
I thought I had heard everything from callers to BBG's Gardener's Helpline over the years, but Gillman has encountered many more bizarre recommendations (homemade fertilizers based on household ammonia, eggshells to repel slugs, hydrogen peroxide as a fungicide) and skewers them with great humor. Occasionally, to his surprise, he finds remedies that work better than he anticipated (for instance, a 1-part water, 3-parts mouthwash concoction was "head and shoulders better than other homemade fungicides at controlling both powdery mildew and black spot"). He makes testing seem like fun and encourages gardeners to put aside their own test plot for homemade concoctions. And he has a take-home message for every gardener: "Do not settle for unexplained recommendations."
12-04-2009 01:35 PM
Here is an excerpt from the Oxford Companion:
The orange, a native of China, has been a fruit much coveted for English gardens since the 16th century, and the early efforts to conserve it through harsh winters led to the long English tradition of growing plants under glass. British gardeners began to order citrus trees from France and create winter shelters for them in 1562.
During the reign of Charles I (1625-49), the nobility continued to build orangeries, adding bigger and more handsome edifices to their gardens. Some had long south-facing windows, set into classically-styled masonry but with solid, opaque roofing. Celebrated architects of the time devised orangeries in classical, Gothic, rustic, and baronial styles to match the exteriors of the mansions whose gardens they graced.
The idea was to overwinter the trees in the orangeries and then place them outdoors as a novel and luxurious decoration for the garden during the summer (this led to trees being planted in decorated wooden tubs to facilitate moving them outdoors). [Image from: Garden Mania, by deBay and Bolton]
Read the full related article here:http://www.shedstyle.com/the-orangery-traditional-
12-07-2009 07:17 PM
Another review of our featured book:
“Even the smallest garden should have room for an acre of rhododendrons” is the apocryphal quote attributed to that doyen of English horticulturists, Sir Harold Hillier. The Oxford Companion to the Garden is redolent with these warm overtones that would give smug satisfaction to a post-modern critic (Patrick Taylor even refers to his wife lurking in the background and describes the Eden Project’s botanical interpretations as hectoring and gung-ho). However, Taylor’s achievement in producing a new Oxford Companion is a fine one.
The book is immensely useful as a reference for garden history, style and biography, and as an introduction to the world’s famous parks and gardens for actual and vicarious travel. Indeed, this new edition addresses some of the interesting inconsistencies between authors in the 1986 Oxford Companion to Gardens. For example, John Harvey’s and Nigel Hepper’s divergent views of botanic gardens in to Gardens are reconciled with a scholarly entry by Patrick himself in to the Garden!"