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Gardens of Colombia [Hardcover]

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Item description for Gardens of Colombia by J. G. Cobo Borda, Juan Gustavo Cobo-Borda, Cecilia Mejia Hernandez, Claudia Uribe Touri, Benjamin Villegas & Claudia Uribe Touri...

Unlike architecture, sculpture or painting, the art of gardening produces living works that grow, blossom, change, and fade. As such, the garden could be considered the supreme work of art, and indeed it has been so in all civilizations. A garden on any scale enhances the architecture it surrounds. What would Versailles have been without its spectacular gardens and their orderly vistas, or the great country houses in England without the eighteenth-century landscape designers? Likewise it is hard to imagine rural or urban houses in Colombia without their planned patios and courtyards.

The jagged geography of Colombia divides it into several contrasting regions: the Caribbean coast, Antioquia, Santander, Cundinamarca and Boyac, the Cauca valley, and the plains of the Llanos, to mention a few. The climates and flora of these areas are markedly different, but their inhabitants share in common love for plants and a keen interest in gardening. Long before there were professional gardeners and landscape designers, all Colombians, from the wealthy hacendados to the modest campesinos, devised and planted their own gardens, according to personal taste and economic limitations.

A delightful eclecticism is captured in these pages in hundreds of photographs of every type of garden from extravagant parks to minute flowered niches. Experimentation is commonplace; each journey and Sunday excursion brings home additional plants. With the added factor of unpredictable rainfalls and prolonged droughts, most Colombian gardens are aesthetic and horticultural laboratories.

In the course of compiling the photographic material for this book, it proved impossible to include all gardens worthy of presentation, nor could all the gardens featured here be photographed at the peak of their splendor. Nevertheless, the attentive reader will be able to enjoy an impressive range of plants, color, composition and integration of cultivation with the natural landscape, which, in the absence of a great classical tradition, make up the particular charm of the Colombian garden.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Villegas Editores
Pages   223
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 10.75" Height: 11.75"
Weight:   3.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1996
Publisher   Villegas Editores
ISBN  958939311X  
ISBN13  9789589393116  

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More About J. G. Cobo Borda, Juan Gustavo Cobo-Borda, Cecilia Mejia Hernandez, Claudia Uribe Touri, Benjamin Villegas & Claudia Uribe Touri

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Benjamin Villegas is an architect and graphic designer. Ever since he was a student, in the early 1960s, he started publishing books and magazines, either out of his own initiative or assigned by several newspapers. In 1972, he started his own company, Benjamin Villegas & Asociados. Since 1973, he started publishing illustrated, great format and high printing quality books, while he continued his work in the fields of graphic design, television and motion pictures. In 1985, he founded Villegas Editores, consolidated his specialized team and devoted himself to illustrated publications, especially about Colombia, with the support of renowned writers and photographers. He is currently developing publishing projects in various European and Latin American countries. Through his website,, he wants to achieve the world wide availability of the company's publications, to get the sponsorship necessary to print most of his sold out editions and to continue his publishing labor in Latin America, which is an important prerogative of the company's regional mission statement.

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Product Categories

1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks
2Books > Subjects > History > Americas > South America > Colombia
3Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > Garden Design
4Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > General
5Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > Regional
6Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > General
7Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture
8Books > Subjects > Travel > Latin America > South America > Colombia
9Books > Subjects > Travel > Latin America > South America > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Gardens of Colombia?

wonderful  Feb 1, 2003
I love this book. The fotos are exellent and the quality of print is good too. I also liked Alta Colombia.
Breathtaking Garden Splendor  Nov 24, 2002
This book displays the manicured gardens of the privileged and the magnificent natural beauty of simple country farm houses. It also includes outstanding photographs of titan trees and lush tropical vegetation. However, a special quality of this book is that it captures the careful planning of home and garden in Colombia. Some of the gardens in "Gardens of Colombia" are very old and offer wonderful views of mature walkways, paths and streams. My favorite pages are those that show unique Colombian courtyard gardens. In short, this Villegas editores publication is a paradise of garden landscapes and a perfect coffee table book.
outstanding photography  Oct 28, 1999
mr. cobo borda has chosen an excellent photographer in claudia uribe
Excellent photography-an eye-opner  Dec 25, 1998
This book captures the true essence of Colombia. Too many people in the U.S. consider this beatiful country to be synonymous with drug trafficking. Definitely worth a look

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