Gold Medal winner in the 2014 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Home & Garden*
"Just flipping through the pages of Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America will instantly lower your blood pressure."—The New York Times Book Review
Quiet Beauty: Japanese Gardens of North America is an extraordinary look at the most beautiful and serene gardens of the United States and Canada. Most Japanese garden books look to the gardens of Japan. Quiet Beauty explores the treasure trove of Japanese gardens located in North America. Featuring an intimate look at twenty-six gardens, with numerous stunning color photographs of each, that detail their style, history, and special functions, this book explores the ingenuity and range of Japanese landscaping.
Japanese gardens have been part of North American culture for almost 150 years. Quiet Beauty is a thought-provoking look at the history of their introduction to the world of North American gardening and how this aspect of Japanese culture has taken root and flourished.
Japanese gardens include:
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Nitobe Memorial Garden, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
Japanese Garden, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Texas
Garden of the Pine Winds, Denver Botanic Gardena, Colorado
Japanese Garden, Montreal Botanical Garden, Quebec
Tenshin'en (The Garden of the Heart of Heaven), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Roji'en (Garden of Drops of Dew), The George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Japanese Gardens, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Margaret T. Hance Park, Arizona
Garden of the Pine Wind, Garvan Woodland Garden, Hot Springs, Arkansas
About the Author: David M. Cobb is a member of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) and PPA (Professional Photographers of America). He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and their two cats.
Kendall H. Brown is Professor of Asian Art History in the Art Department at California State University Long Beach. He also recently served as Curator of Collections, Exhibitions and Programs at Pacific Asia Museum. Dr. Brown is a leading figure in the study of Japanese gardens in North America and is the author of Japanese-style Gardens of the Pacific West Coast.