The Colors of Nature

The Colors of Nature

Subtropical Gardens by Raymond Jungles

By Raymond Jungles; Terence Riley (Foreword by)

Monacelli Press, Hardcover, 9781580932127, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 28, 2008

In exquisite gardens inspired by the lush native plants of his adopted home of Miami, landscape artist/architect Raymond Jungles uses nature as a means of self-expression. He is known for modernist groupings of geometric shapes, which highlight the natural aspects of plantings, water features, and native stone. His use of plants, drawn largely from those indigenous to subtropical regions, emphasizes their dramatic sculptural forms. Jungles's original and inviting green spaces, like those of his mentor, the master landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, bring the comfort and beauty of nature into built settings.
This monograph on the work of Raymond Jungles features more than 20 residential projects. From a rooftop garden 34 stories in the air to a natural setting of ponds and islands surrounding a 1920s residence to an informal green space in the Pearl Islands of Panama, Jungles constructs vibrant spaces that complement the natural environment. His modern vocabulary is on display in beautiful color photographs that document each landscape in both panoramic views and intimate details. Jungles's own descriptions of each garden address the process of making the landscape as well as the design elements that tie each composition to common experiences of nature.

About the Author
Raymond Jungles is the founder and principal of Jungles Landscape Architect in Miami, Florida.
Terence Riley is the director of the Miami Art Museum. He was formerly a chief curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The author lives in Miami, FL.

John Szarkowski is director emeritus of the Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is the author of many works on photography.
Terence Riley is Chief Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Riley wrote an introduction for Visions of Wright.

Praise For The Colors of Nature

"For a bold, magical garden that turns heads, draw inspiration from a book by landscape guru Raymond Jungles."

—Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub, Sun Sentinal

"Raymond uses his palette of subtropical indigenous plants as an artistic tool to create his magical and natural garden spaces . . . This book is a true inspiration and a treasure for all designers."
—Nicolien van Schouwen, Association of Professional Landscape Designers