Bestselling author and BBC presenter Monty Don and photographer Derry Moore explore the exquisite beauty of Japanese gardens on a personal journey to complement the BBC2 series, Monty Don's Japanese Gardens.
The complement to the forthcoming BBC2 series, JAPANESE GARDENS, beautifully produced in full colour and with over 200 photographs. Written by Monty Don with photographs by Derry Moore, the duo behind the highly-acclaimed PARADISE GARDENS.
Traditional Japanese gardens combine aesthetics with ethics, beauty with philosophy in a celebration of the natural world. A Japanese garden is the natural world made miniature: rocks represent mountains, ponds represent seas. Natural and man-made elements combine to create a garden that, while natural, is not wild.
In this very personal and lyrical exploration of both the traditional and the modern aspects of Japanese gardening, Monty Don takes a look at at the traditions and culture which inform some of the most beautiful gardens from all over Japan.
This beautiful, full colour book guides us through the history and beauty of Japanese gardens, from the famous cherry blossom season to the magnificence of autumn colours.
A lyrical recollection of his time in Japan - Radio Times
A great gift for gardeners - People's Friend
A fabulous, bonsai-filled book written by Monty with photos from Derry Moore - the dynamite duo who produced Paradise Gardens . . . [a] sun-drenched exploration of the history of the gardens of Japan. - Daily Mail
Don feels that understanding these paradise gardens has made him a better gardener, and possibly a better person. One could not wish for a better guide to them. He has great powers of description. - World of Interiors
By the time you have turned the last page, you too will have reached a further stage of enlightenment - Gardens Illustrated
What a treat it was watching Monty Don's Japanese Gardens. It was a feast of colour. - Radio Times
PRAISE FOR PARADISE GARDENS - 'Simply breathtaking' - Love it!
It's sun-filled escapism, gloriously illustrated with photography by Derry Moore, capturing the legacy, the beauty, the shadows, the shimmering heat and the continued human enjoyment of such places - Country Life
Sarah Don is a designer and worked with her husband, Monty, to set up their successful jewellery company 'Monty Don'. Since moving to Herefordshire, she has combined bringing up three children with training as an architect. She has created more than four gardens with Monty and is currently involved in setting up and running an organic farm.