Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty Larry Lederman Foreword by Gregory Long Text by Thomas Christopher

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A photographic portrait of sixteen private gardens in New York and Connecticut through the seasons, weathers, and times of the day.

For his third book of landscape photographs with Monacelli, following Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden and The Rockefeller Family Gardens, Larry Lederman has selected sixteen private gardens in New York State and Connecticut and studied them in-depth, presenting views through the seasons and weathers to capture their essential spirit.

As Gregory Long, President Emeritus of the New York Botanical Garden, observes: "After selecting the gardens, Lederman sets out to learn and understand them. He visits in all seasons, in all weather, at many times of day, and in many light conditions. He wants to analyze their design and study their character. He wants to know their plants and see their environmental conditions and visual elements from many points of view. He wanders. He walks the paths, forward and backward, and frequently stops so that his camera can memorize views and details. As a result of this time spent and such intense scrutiny, he sometimes discovers aspects of a place that the residents themselves have never seen or fully appreciated. I think the owners of the gardens in this book will see vistas, patterns, designs on the land they did not know they possess. They will love their gardens even more, and their commitments will grow."

Specifications:

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 241 x 267 mm (9 1/2 x 10 1/2 in)
  • Pages: 240 pp
  • Illustrations: 200 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781580935456c

Larry Lederman is the author of Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden and Rockefeller Family Gardens and the principal photographer of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York and Frederic Church’s Olana on the Hudson.

Gregory Long is President Emeritus of the New York Botanical Garden.