Quiet Beauty (Hardcover)

The Japanese Gardens of North America

By Kendall H. Brown, David M. Cobb (Photographer)

Tuttle Publishing, 9784805311950, 176pp.

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

List Price: 34.95*
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Description

*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.


Praise For Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America

"With an introduction titled "Places to dream," Kendall H. Brown extols the serenity of Japanese gardens, lauding their soothing environments in a world of "the cacophony of cities (and) the anonymity of suburbs." … The gardens, [Brown] says, can nurture, educate and stimulate creativity, and Quiet Beauty can do the same."—The Oregonian

"Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history at Cal State Long Beach and one of the experts to weigh in on the Storrier Stearn garden in Pasadena, has a book coming out this month. ItÆs titled Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America, and for this edited Q&A, we asked about his fascination with Japanese gardens, how best to experience them and why our notion of Japanese gardens is not entirely Japanese."—LA Times

"This compilation of images by photographer David M. Cobb, and information on the most beautiful and serene gardens in the United States and Canada features gardens from Seattle, Bainbridge Island and Spokane."

"In this lavishly illustrated book, art historian Brown and photographer Cobb act as tour guides to 26 such gardens—including the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Francisco Nitobe Memorial Garden in Vancouver, B.C., and Shomu'en (Pine Mist Garden) at Cheekwood in Nashville, Tenn.—that are accessible, historically significant, and compelling physical spaces."—Publishers Weekly