The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright

One of the most notorious architects of the 20th century, and perhaps of all time, is Frank Lloyd Wright. Less known are his gardens. In a wonderful book from a few years back, photographer and author Derek Fell captured the gardens of the most iconic houses of Frank Lloys Wright.

The product of extended visits to properties associated with Wright, and extensive interviews with surviving colleagues and students, this is the first book in full colour to focus on Wright’s four most famous residential landscapes – his first home and studio at Oak Park, Illinois; his magnificent 3,000 acre summer home Taliesin, Wisconsin; his 600-acre winter home Taliesin West, Arizona; and Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, the commission that made him world famous. Featuring an introduction by James Van Sweden, America’s leading garden designer and landscape architect, this book highlights a revolutionary take on garden design. It also explores the source of Wright’s inspiration in Japanese and Mayan landscapes as well as his appreciation of the stone meeting circles and naturalistic prairie plantings of the great landscape architect Jens Jensen. Two final chapters offer planting plans for a prairie-style and a desert-style garden inspired by Wright’s designs.

Ruud Fiers

Ruud is art-director and editor of Plant Light Book

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