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Gardens In China
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.

An excerpt from this book:

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 ...

Born in Australia and brought up in the bush, Peter Valder's early interest in the Australian flora was stimulated by local amateur botanists. He went on to become a plant pathologist and mycologist after graduating from the Universities of Sydney and Cambridge ...'s wonderful to go through a book and see some of the gardens you visited while in China...wish I had this before I left!

Author : Peter Valder
ISBN : 0881925551
Publisher : Timber Press
Sugg. Retail Price : $82.95
Available in Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400

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