Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!

I contemplated writing yet more about the "Chinese Sacred Lily" narcissus for the occasion of Chinese New Year since it is commonly grown as a decoration for the holiday but instead decided to recommend some pertinent reading. My favorite books on Chinese gardens and garden culture are the the wonderfully hefty and lavishly illustrated The Garden Plants of China (1999) and Gardens in China (2002) by Australian botanist and garden writer Peter Valder, both published in this country by Timber Press. As far as garden history is concerned, one of my favorite works, not just with regard to China and Chinese gardens but in general, is the magisterial Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China (1996) by art historian Craig Clunas.

The books in question and lots of auspicious oranges

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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