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The Chinese Garden
Joseph C. Wang
0195875869
July 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Whether built for imperial use or for the enjoyment of a private scholar and his family, the garden is a centerpiece of classical Chinese culture. This book draws on a wide range of literary and artistic sources to present the fundamentals of Chinese garden design. Illustrated with photographs
showing detailed views of sites in Suzhou and Yangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, it explains the aesthetic principles and practical concerns of the designer. The "reading" of a Chinese garden that it offers is enriched by a greater understanding of the literary and artistic conventions involved in the
gardens construction.


Zen Garden
David Holzer
0760773203
September 2005
Other Format
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The Mini Zen Gardening Kit ( Mega Mini Kit Series)
Staff of Running Press
0762408286
August 2000
Other Format
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Book Description
This carry-along version of our enormously popular Zen Gardening Kit provides a touch of tranquility on the go. Packaged with a 32-page introduction to the aesthetic enlightenment of Zen gardening, it includes a tray, fine sand, decorative rocks, and a miniature wooden rake.


The Chinese Garden
Maggie Keswick
0674010868
May 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Dense with winding paths, dominated by huge rock piles and buildings squeezed into small spaces, the characteristic Chinese garden is, for many foreigners, so unlike anything else as to be incomprehensible. Only on closer acquaintance does it offer up its mysteries; and such is the achievement of Maggie Keswick's celebrated classic that it affords us--adventurers, armchair travelers, and garden buffs alike--the intimate pleasures of the Chinese garden.

In these richly illustrated pages, Chinese gardens unfold as cosmic diagrams, revealing a profound and ancient view of the world and of humanity's place in it. First sensuous impressions give way to more cerebral delights, and forms conjure unending, increasingly esoteric and mystical layers of meaning for the initiate. Keswick conducts us through the art and...



Chinese Houses and Gardens
Henry Inn
071030689X
Oct 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The book when it first appeared was also well received by House and Garden Architecture Forum and Landscape Architecture. "The handsome book will be a joy to possess for those who love beauty in architecture and cultivated nature," so wrote Pearl S. Buck. In 1940 Henry Inn of Honolulu, art collector, designer, and photographer, produced a collection of Chinese architectural pictures that is extraordinary.Although probably the only record of its kind, many of the photographs were taken as recently as 1936. Of those locations very few remain if any. A veteran traveller to his ancestral homeland, Henry In had an extraordinarily wide set of acquaintances which gave him an entrance into some of the choicest homes and gardens throughout China. This combination of artistic shell and unusual opportunity are unique.


The Samurai's Garden
Gail Tsukiyama
0312144075
April 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in Japan just before WWII, Tsukiyama's novel tells of a young Chinese man's encounters with four locals while he recuperates from tuberculosis. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Seventeen-year-old Stephen leaves his home in Hong Kong just as the Japanese are poised to invade China. He is sent to Tarumi, a small village in Japan, to recuperate from tuberculosis. His developing friendship with three adults and a young woman his own age brings him to the beginnings of wisdom about love, honor, and loss. Given the potentially interesting subplot (the story of a love triangle doomed by the outbreak of leprosy in the village) and the fascinating period in which the book is set, this second novel by the author of Women of the Silk (St....


The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting
Michael J. Hiscox, Mai-mai Sze
0691018197
March 1, 1978
Paperback
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Review
The Mustard Seed Garden will always be one of the greatest manuals of the most marvellous painting the world has ever known, and one cannot be too grateful for having it, with its commentary, available in English.

Book Description

Originally published as Volume 2 of The Tao of Painting, this is the first English translation of the famous Chinese handbook, the "Chieh Tzu Yüan Hua Chuan" (original, 1679-1701). Mai-mai Sze has translated and annotated the texts of instructions, discussions of the fundamentals of painting, notes on the preparation of colors, and chief editorial prefaces.

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The Japanese Garden
Seiko Goto
0820463507
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Even in crowded metropolitan areas, Japan’s temple precincts preserve not only architecture, but the garden traditions of earlier centuries as well. To step into a temple garden is, in effect, to tread the paths of Japanese aesthetic history. This time travel experience is not unlike venturing into a medieval church situated in a modern Western metropolis. The recognized religious traditions survive in the layout and rationale of Japan’s gardens: Shinto, Buddhist, and Confucian. This book explores the distinct priorities and vocabularies of these traditions as expressed in the elements of garden design, historically tracing their shared features and their interactions at particular sites. Amply illustrated, it orients the reader to the different functions of gardens, such as whether they are to be looked at...


Creating Japanese Gardens (Ortho's All About Series)
Ortho Books (Editor)
0897214897
January 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
These days, people crave gardens that fill the soul and comfort the body. Japanese gardening answers those yearnings.

This book demonstrates how to:

Create a feeling of sanctuary

Make tranquil spaces

Arrange plants and ornaments

Use centuries-old garden design techniques:

Emphasize personal taste

Calm a busy lifestyle

Inspire peace of mind

Reflect nature to create serenity:

Appropriate plant selections

Traditional design

Contemporary looks



Bountiful Container: How to Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers
Rose Marie Nichols McGee
0761116230
February 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
McGee (Basic Herb Cookery) and veteran gardening writer Stuckey (Gardening from the Ground Up) share their expertise and experience in the art of container gardening. Armed with this manual, frustrated apartment dwellers can indulge their passion for growing edible things. If there is an available balcony, porch, front or back steps, according to the authors, growing produce in containers can be easy and rewarding. With some limitations, it is even possible to grow foods in a window box or on an indoor windowsill. This compendium of practical advice includes detailed information on the types of containers to use, equipment needed, the right soil, when to plant which seeds and how best to deal with problems such as too much or too little sunlight. They also explain more sophisticated techniques like succession...


Gardens in China
Peter Valder
0881925551
July 2002
Hardcover
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From Booklist
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...


Chinese Landscapes: The Village As Place
Ronald G. Knapp (Editor)
0824814134
July 1992
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
China lives in its villages, but there is no prototypical village. The variety of village designs, settlement patterns, housing forms, cultural practices, and economic activities is as variegated as China itself. This excellent book comprises 17 chapter-length studies of villages throughout China by U.S. and Chinese geographers, anthropologists, and regional planners. Four general chapters provide the historical, political, ecological, and cultural contexts. Without jargon and with great economy and insight, the authors expertly escort the reader on a fascinating tour of village China that highlights elements of continuity as well as changes wrought by political turmoil and economic progress. This copiously illustrated book will interest informed general readers as well as a specialized academic audience.- Steven...


The Ugly Vegetables
Grace Lin
0881063363
July 1999
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this debut children's book, a girl and her mother chart their own course in spring plantingAand reap the benefits. The girl narrator is clearly disappointed when, unlike her neighbors who prepare flower gardens, she and her mother plant Chinese vegetables that, her mother insists, are "better than flowers." While the other backyards yield colorful blooms, her garden becomes crowded with "ugly vegetables," lumpy, bumpy and "icky yellow." But when the girl's mother uses them to make a soup, its "magical aroma" attracts neighbors to their doorAcarrying bouquets of flowers from their gardens. Though the pacing of the text is a bit uneven, the mother's confidence in the garden's success and Lin's message of community togetherness buoy up the narrative. A charming, childlike quality infuses the artwork; boldly hued...


The Art of Japanese Gardens: Designing and Making Your Own Peaceful Space
Herb L Gustafson
0806917784
December 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Often gardeners become so enslaved to the work of maintenance and transformation that they neglect the meditative potential of their green space. Worrying over the details, the whole picture is sometimes lost. This is an attitude Herb Gustafson hopes to check in The Art of Japanese Gardens, a beautifully photographed book that creates in the reader a longing for total silence. Photographs of tranquil bridges, bright spidery Japanese maple leaves, and shimmering ponds are accompanied by unpretentious philosophical asides like "Our gardens can become a profound representation of the universe as a whole," and "We must pause to reflect on our journey thus far." Gustafson is not a stickler for historical detail: his notion of a "Japanese" garden is a hybrid of styles, some ancient, some modern. Chapters include "Boundaries," in...


Imperial Gardens
Li-Yao Ch'eng
321182992X
Oct 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
The art of landscape gardening in China has a history stretching back well over a thousand years. This volume leads the reader through this seductive world. The imperial gardens were elegant resorts for all forms of entertainment. Rapid developments in Chinese society, the economy and the arts lent great impetus to the construction of elaborate and elegant imperial parks. The technical virtuosity of the waterways and a preference for exotically formed rockeries produced enchanting and constantly changing man-made worlds. The genre reached its zenith with the Yuanmingyuan garden, generally accepted as one of the finest of its kind ever created in China.Contents: Photographs ¥ Beihai ¥ Zhonghai-Nanhai ¥ Summer Palace ¥ Yuanmingyuan Garden ¥ Summer Resort at Chengde. Text ¥ The Embryonic Form...


Empress Orchid
Anchee Min
0618562036
April 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Talk about story arc: poor girl from rural China auditions for a job as royal concubine, winds up as emperor's wife number four, gives birth to the "last Emperor," rules China as regent for 46 years. The fascinating, implausible life of Tsu Hsi, or "Orchid," was reviled by the revolutionary Chinese, but here it receives a sympathetic treatment from Min (Red Azalea; Becoming Madame Mao), who once again brilliantly lifts the public mask of a celebrated woman to reveal a contradictory character. Sexually assertive, intellectually ambitious, socially striving, Min's Orchid is also "isolated, tense, and in some vague but very real way, dissatisfied." Even after giving birth to the emperor's only son, Orchid feels trapped by the stultifying imperial rituals and persecuted by the other residents of the Forbidden City:...


Private Gardens
Cheng Liyao
3211830073
Sept 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
he garden as total artwork: in contrast to Western-inspired garden design with its emphasis on trees and shrubs, lawns and flower-beds, it is the overall topographical effect that is considered paramount in the private garden of China. Artificial hills and carefully laid-out ponds and lakes transform the mostly flat terrain into a magical miniature landscape. It is the sheer subtlety of the layout of these gardens, inspired as they were by Confucianism, landscape painting and poetry, that give the onlooker the impression on occasion that he has before him an intricate water colour.
?Splendid photographs convey the magic of these gardens, which will be a source of inspiration for every garden lover. The historian, architect and all those interested in China and Chinese culture will, however, also find much that is...


Hidden Gardens of Kyoto
Masaaki Ono
4770029373
June 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Kyoto gardens epitomize the austere yet visually potent elements of Japanese garden design. Mizuno's exquisite photography reveals the essential attributes of Japan's primary garden styles, offering breathtaking glimpses of private landscapes where refined textural effects are achieved in vast ponds surrounded by emerald evergreens, dry gravel waterfalls, and mossy expanses. Although the text accompanying each image is brief, Ono deftly explicates the consequence of a rock's placement or the calligraphic potency of raked stone, and clearly delineates the significant aspects of the pond, dry landscape, and tea garden. From the dynamic asymmetry governing a composition of shapely trees to the transitory response engendered by falling leaves, an ethereal perfection comes to pass in Mizuno and Ono's melding of words and...


Nature Within Walls
Elizabeth Hammer
0300103441
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Chinese Garden Court is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This resource introduces educators to significant ideas about nature and Chinese culture that can be discovered in this extraordinary place. The boxed set includes a booklet containing background information, references to related works of art in the Museum's collection, suggestions for classroom activities and projects, topics for discussion, glossary, bibliographies, and resources, as well as two posters and a CD-ROM featuring a 10-minute narrated video tour of the garden court.

About the Author
Elizabeth Hammer is Museum Educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Better Homes and Gardens Cooking Chinese
Better Homes and Gardens
0696010976


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Ugly Vegetables
Grace Lin
1570914915
July 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this debut children's book, a girl and her mother chart their own course in spring plantingAand reap the benefits. The girl narrator is clearly disappointed when, unlike her neighbors who prepare flower gardens, she and her mother plant Chinese vegetables that, her mother insists, are "better than flowers." While the other backyards yield colorful blooms, her garden becomes crowded with "ugly vegetables," lumpy, bumpy and "icky yellow." But when the girl's mother uses them to make a soup, its "magical aroma" attracts neighbors to their doorAcarrying bouquets of flowers from their gardens. Though the pacing of the text is a bit uneven, the mother's confidence in the garden's success and Lin's message of community togetherness buoy up the narrative. A charming, childlike quality infuses the artwork; boldly hued...


Opium Poppy Garden
William Griffith
0914171674
Dec 1993
Paperback
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The Chinese Garden
Rosemary Manning
1558612157
Apr 2000
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Manning's 1962 novel features a burgeoning love between two young girls at a boarding school. Since this subject is far less taboo in most places than when it was first published, this book might find a far wider audience today. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

New York Times Book Review
"[Manning] has not only a fine ear for prose but a fine eye for character."

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The Pea Blossom
Amy Lowry Poole
0823418642
March 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 1-3–Poole has taken Hans Christian Andersen's "Five Peas from One Pod" and pared down the text, eliminating the religious overtones but retaining the humor and poignancy of the original. Five peas sit dreaming in their pod in a small garden outside the city of Bejing. The first four make grandiose plans, anticipating flights to the sun or moon, or dining with the emperor. The fifth and smallest pea is content to wait and see. When the pod is cracked open and a boy with a peashooter sends the peas flying in different directions, the first four meet disastrous ends, but the fifth lands in moss on a window ledge. When it sprouts and flowers, it brings first hope and eventually health to a sick child. Andersen's recurrent themes of disdain for the pretentious and the presence of the...


Oriental Vegetables: The Complete Guide for Garden and Kitchen
Joy Larkcom, Elizabeth Douglass (Illustrator)
1568360177
April 1994
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Larkcom, a British-based gardener and author of The Salad Garden ( LJ 5/1/84), presents a comprehensive volume on Chinese and Japanese vegetables. Over 100 varieties are listed with information on scientific and Oriental names, general background, cultivation requirements, and use in the kitchen. An additional section focuses on gardening techniques, such as "cut and come again" methods and protected cropping. The book concludes with a short collection of simple recipes. The information-dense text is occasionally lightened by high-quality line drawings and several pages of color photographs. The thorough index will be helpful for individuals interested in determining the identity of vegetables found in Oriental markets. As a whole, Oriental Vegetables focuses more on information for the "garden" than the "kitchen,"...


Better Vegetable Gardens the Chinese Way: Peter Chan's Raised-Bed System
Peter Chan
0882663887
April 1985
Paperback
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