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Gardens of Southeast Asia


Singapore: City of Gardens
William Warren (Author) and Luca Invernizzi Tettoni (Photographer)

Although best known as a sprawling metropolis, most visitors to Singapore marvel at the greenness of it all. Wide boulevards shaded by venerable Rain Trees, interconnecting parks displaying a huge variety of tropical plants, roadside plantings in every shade of green, red and yellow, and great expanses of junglescape alongside the office skyscrapers and apartment blocks. It is truly a garden city, in all senses of the word.

In this travel pictorial, the authors showcase many of the Lion City’s green spaces, be they the Botanical Gardens and national parks, or plantings of bougainvillea tumbling down the crash–barriers on the super–highways. Orchard Road, the world–renowned Zoological Gardens, the ground–breaking Mandai Orchid Gardens, and many more, are portrayed, along with other lesser–known parks and private and hotel gardens. Sumptuous full–colour photographs by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni and texts by botanical expert William Warren literally take one down the garden path on a discovery tour of Singapore’s cityscapes, landscapes, hardscapes and few remaining “wild–scapes.”

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Balinese Gardens 
William Warren and Luca Invernizzi Tettoni

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 isle—gardens 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.

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Tropical Gardens: 42 Dream Gardens by Leading Landscape Designers in the Philippines
Lily Gamboa O’Boyle (Author), Elizabeth Reyes (Author), and Luca Invernizzi Tettoni (Photographer)

Aimed at gardening enthusiasts, Tropical Gardens contains a rare glimpse into some of the most beautiful tropical gardens in the world today. It presents 42 spectacular contemporary gardens, both big and small. The vast majority of the gardens are in private homes. Introducing a contemporary gardening style that has been evolving over the past decade, as well as more traditional formal styles, it traces the development of garden design in all its forms. Designers new and old are showcased along with a number of talented home owners. Experimenting with both indigenous and introduced species, use of hardscapes such as local stones and pavers, bonsai, clipped shrubs and water features, some work along Oriental lines, others follow Western models.

Tropical Gardens is a lovely introduction to tropical landscaping styles and a gardening aesthetic that combines the best of East and West with superior knowledge of plant cultivation and care. The book gives an insider’s look at tropical garden design and landscape architecture that professionals and amateurs alike will love.

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Tropical Gardens of the Philippines 
Andrew C. Willford (Editor) and Kenneth M. George (Editor)

Offering a rare glimpse into some of the most beautiful tropical gardens in the world, Tropical Gardens of the Philippines presents spectacular contemporary gardens—large and small—situated in and around the Metropolitan Manila area and the nearby provinces of Laguna, Batangas and Tagaytay. This gorgeous volume introduces a contemporary gardening style that has been evolving in the Philippines over the past decade as talented designers have come into their own—not to mention all the talented homeowners who are making this happen. All are finding their own original niches in attempting to define a unique tropical gardening style.

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