Author(s): Gina Crandell
Trees are the most important structural element of any garden. Tree Gardens is the first book focusing on their importance in garden design and landscape architecture. Tree Gardens features both important historical and contemporary landscape design projects ranging from ten to thousands of trees; including works by such well-known designers as Frederick Law Olmsted, Andre Le Notre, C.Th. Sorensen, Daniel Kiley, Peter Walker and Michael Van Valkenburgh, among others. Each case study explains how the scale, context, species and spaces of trees on a particular site establish the expressive structure of the tree garden. Author Gina Crandell makes a fascinating case for the active management of designed forests, including preservation strategies, such as replacement of trees over time. We expect this book to fill a niche in the discourse on contemporary landscape design and to be an important resource for students, landscape architects and horticulturalists alike.
Gina Crandell was the Farrand Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture in 2007 at the University of California. She also worked for landscape architect and publisher Peter Walker as Senior Editor of Land Forum: The International Review of Landscape Architecture, Garden Art, Environmental Planning and Urban Design. In her book, Nature Pictorialized: "The View" in Landscape History, she demonstrated through landscape painting how one could come to understand not only how nature has been pictured but how deeply intertwined our ideas of nature and culture.