App DescriptionPowered by Handmark, Now available for the first time in in the App Store, the magnificent Oxford Companion to the Garden illuminates the history and design of gardens all over the world, from the earliest recorded known examples to the present day, encompassing everything from small private gardens, to the secret gardens of Arab princes, to the vast public park at Versailles.
With hundreds of photographs and illustrations, the book's broad sweep make it the perfect reference for garden-lovers everywhere, offering in 1,750 alphabetical entries wide-ranging coverage that sheds light on virtually every aspect of the topic. The writing is authoritative and engaging and there are sumptuous color photographs by some of the world's best garden photographers as well as elegant engravings of historical subjects. Well over half of the entries are devoted to individual gardens; many of them open to the public. These include every kind of garden from palace gardens to botanic gardens and arboreta, late 20th-century land art, and contemporary gardens everywhere.
The volume also provides biographies of garden designers, nurserymen, and others, entries on the worlds of horticulture and plant science, and articles that range from garden elements and styles to scientific issues and social history. Central to the book are the garden cultures of Italy, Britain, France, China, Japan, and the USA, but the coverage is worldwide, including such far-flung regions as Turkey, Peru, and Bali. The contributors include leading authorities and top garden writers from more than 25 countries. Many of their entries include suggestions for further reading and the work's usefulness is further enhanced by a general bibliography, a thematic listing of contents, and an index of gardens, individuals, themes, and features.
"Put plainly, this doorstop of a reference book is worth its weight in gold."
--The Los Angeles Times
"Liberally sprinkled with handsome full color photographs that catch the spirit of the individual landscapes."
+ Comprehensive coverage in 1,750 A-Z entries detailing all aspects of the garden, from the ancient to the avant-garde
+ Stunning colour photographs by some of the world's best garden photographers, complemented by elegant engravings of historical subjects
+ Authoritative and engaging writing from an international team including top garden writers around the world
+ Worldwide scope with over 1,000 individual gardens featured, many of them open to the public - from private gardens whether in Britain, France, and elsewhere, to America's magnificent botanical gardens, the fabulous Mogul water gardens of Kashmir, Italy's sublime Renaissance gardens, and contemporary creations everywhere
+ New insights - covers contemporary issues such as climate change, conservation, and pest control, and even reveals the recently identified location of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
+ No wireless connection required
+ Buy one application and use it on your iPhone or iPad, optimized for both devices!
+ Sounds-like to help find those difficult to spell words.
+ Share entries via email, Facebook and Twitter
+ Tag words with bookmarks or custom tags for easy retrieval.
August 10, 2011 Initial Release