Balinese Gardens (英語) ハードカバー – 2001/3/1
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This beautiful gardening bookfull of lush photographs and insightful commentarywill surely give readers some new ideas for their home landscaping projects or Bali travel plans.
Born of volcanic eruptions many eons ago, Bali is still in the throes of creation as man and nature continue to transform its landscapes.Balinese Gardens presents a unique portrait of the lush volcanic landscapes and gardens found on this magical islegardens which are further enhanced by traditional ornamental sculptures, tranquil ponds, fountains and sacred springs.
Landscape gardener and author William Warren introduces Bali and examines the effect its landscapes have had upon notable visitors over the past century. Specialists in Balinese ecology and culture then provide a broad overview of the island's geography and plant life, including some fascinating insights into the role of nature in Balinese culture.
The second part of Balinese Gardens explores Bali's finest contemporary gardens in private homes, resorts and restaurants around the island, detailing the wealth of plant life, design and decoration that thte island has to offer. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs by renowned photographer Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, this book is a delight for anyone with an interest in tropical plants and landscape design as well as everyone who has been entranced by the natural beauty of this remarkable island.
Topics of this book include:
- Gardens of Eden
- The Balinese Landscape
- Plants of Bali
- Traditional Gardens in Bali
- Contemporary Balinese Gardens
- Gardens in Sanur
- The Bali Hyatt Garden
- In Search of Ricefield Views
- Begawan Giri Estate
- And many more
Luca Invernizzi Tettoni specializes on books on Asia, covering fine art, architecture, and landscaping. William Warren is a passionate, knowledgeable gardener and is the author of The Tropical Garden, Thai Garden Style, and Tropical Garden Plants.
It is good that the editor includes photos of some of Bali's most interesting gardens, such as Tirta Gangga, Walter Spies' Tjampuhan residence, and several sites designed by Made Wijaya, but these photos do not always do the places justice (strange angles, views of the gardens that do not show their best aspects). I concede that the exception to this is the section devoted to the gardens of the Batujimbar estate, which is the second best part of this book. But many of the photos left me wanting more variety, smaller margins (larger actual photos), and better angles.
The best chapter is Traditional Gardens in Bali, but again the photos are often disappointingly small. And, from this chapter, conspicuously absent, were photos of Ubud's Agung Rai Museum gardens and any number of single-family (not sacred, public, or hotel) Balinese gardens.
Somewhat useful is the chapter on Balinese plants, but because it lacks stats like height and shade / sun preferences, it is not great as a reference for the person interested in some serious landscaping or plant identification.
Text does have interesting tidbits about garden history, thanks to contributor Adrian Vickers (and, for the Ubud text, William Warren).
Visually, not as bold as "style" books can and should be. I put other books on my coffee table.
The rest of the book shifts focus to explore contemporary residential, restaurant, and hotel garden construction, plant life, and decoration (the Bali Hyatt at Sanur has its own chapter). The authors also do full justice to the island's naturally spectacular ravines, lotus ponds, waterfalls, and sacred pools. Balinese Gardens gives us a special final treat: a tour of modern horticultural masterpieces in Ubud, the island's center of art and creativity. These new gardens (of wealthy expatriates) exude special charm and beauty with jungle-like plantings of teak, mahogany, tamarind, avocado, mangosteen, durian, and breadfruit. Warren proves that landscape art can successfully imitate (and compete) with nature in a superb Balinese dance of visual perfection