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Roberto Silva’s Book Explores the Legacy of Burle-Marx


Roberto Burle-Marx belongs among the handful of names that must be mentioned in any discussion of 20th century landscape design. Inspired by his passion for native Brazilian plants in the 1930s, Burle-Marx developed an original style that blended the craft of the plant aficionado with the bold expressionism of an abstract modern artist. Building on this remarkable foundation—or should I say planting in this fertile ground?—his followers have developed a rich, idiosyncratic, and decidedly innovative approach to landscape design. This book New Brazilian Gardens from Thames & Hudson comes complete with gorgeous plates and an authoritative text documenting 31 recent projects, every one of which contains striking elements sure to provoke and inspire gardeners everywhere, but especially in our Southern California region.

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