The Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanming Yuan) in the western suburbs of the Quing capital, Beijing, was begun by the great Kangxi (r. 1661-1722) and expanded by his son, Yongzheng (r. 1722-1736) and brought to its greatest glory by his grandson, Qianlong (r. 1736-1796). A lover of literature and art, Qinglong sought an earthly reflection of his greatness in his Yuanming Yuan. For many years he designed and directed an elaborate program of garden arrangements. Representing two generations of painstaking research, this book follows the emperor as he ruled his empire from within his garden. In a landscape of lush plants, artificial mountains and lakes, and colorful buildings, he sought to represent his wealth and power to his diverse subjects and to the world at large. Having been looted and burned in the mid-nineteenth century by western forces, it now lies mostly in ruins, but it was the world's most elaborate garden in the eighteenth century. The garden suggested a whole set of concepts-religious, philosophical, political, artistic, and popular-represented in landscape and architecture. Just as bonsai portrays a garden in miniature, the imperial Yuanming Yuan at the height of its splendor represented the Qing Empire in microcosm.
A wonderfully relaxing and entertaining coloring book for adults as well as for children, 'The Gardens of Quirly' contains 30 detailed black and white line drawings that are perfect for coloring with gel pens, crayons, and color pencils. The imaginative drawings, by artist Sonal Panse, were created organically; that is, while keeping the theme in mind, there was no preplanning. The drawings were allowed to evolve line by line into the final composition, and combine intricacy and simplicity in detail to engage colorists of every skill level. 'The Gardens of Quirly' are beautiful and flourishing. They sooth your mind and invigorate your senses. Most of all, they invite you to brighten up their world. This is a perfect coloring book to unwind with and to rediscover your creativity. The illustrations are printed on one side of the paper. Happy coloring!
Home Gardener's No-Dig Raised Bed Gardens is the essential guide to gardening successfully with the minimum amount of digging and weeding. For those without the time or stamina to spend hours maintaining a garden, horticulture experts Alan and Gill Bridgewater show how to make raised beds, build up layers of soil with mushroom compost, cover weeds with mulch, protect plants with nets and plastic, and much more. The text is thoroughly practical and advocates using organic methods where possible. This book is a must for busy gardeners everywhere. It is ideal for first time gardeners who want to learn the basics, and it is perfect for busy and older gardeners looking for simple, no-nonsense gardening methods.
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