This gloriously illustrated retrospective explores the garden designs, the inspiration and the various styles that Made Wijaya, southeast Asia’s most successful landscape architect and designer, has adopted as his own. These ‘Collections’, as he calls them, have enhanced luxury hotels such as the Bali Four Seasons Resort, Hyatt and Amandari, and transformed more than 400 gardens in the tropical world, including David Bowie’s former Mustique estate and Wijaya’s own haven, the Villa Bebek, in Sanur, Bali.
Dividing his book into thematic sections, Wijaya has drawn liberally from his portfolio of ‘Collections’ to which he gives names such as ‘tropical Cotsworlds’, ‘ruinscape period’, ‘bleu majorelle’ and ‘courtyard cosy’ to illustrate and illuminate a lively and informative text. Wijaya also outlines the historical and architectural perspectives he has used to create his water gardens, Balinesegardens, paths and paving, compang, floating pavilions, courtyards and so on. The book is also a practical guide, with many suggestions for achieving similar results and with sound advice for professionals.
Decorated throughout with evocative drawings by Chang Huai-Yan and superbly chosen images from an international selection of photographers, this work is an inspiration for gardeners everywhere and a glorious celebration of more than twenty years spent perfecting the art of tropical garden design.