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Quiet Beauty: Japanese Gardens of North Americais 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 Beautyexplores 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 Beautyis a thought provoking look at the history of their introduction to the world of North American gardening and how they have since taken root and flourished. Gardens include: Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California,1894 Nitobe Memorial Garden, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1960 Japanese Garden, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Texas, 1973 Garden of the Pine Winds, Denver Botanic Gardena, Colorado, 1979 Japanese Garden, MontrTal Botanical Garden, QuTbec, 1988 Tenshin'en (The Garden of the Heart of Heaven), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 1988 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, 2001 Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Margaret T. Hance Park, Arizona, 2002 Garden of the Pine Wind, Garven Woodland Garden, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 2001
David M. Cobb is a member of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association), PPA (Professional Photographers of America), and GWA (Garden Writers Association). 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.