A Clearing in the Woods
Creating Contemporary Gardens
Photographs by Roger Foley
In A Clearing in the Woods, landscape photographer Roger Foley brings luxuriant green spaces, quiet water features, and colorful plantings to life. Over the past thirty years, he has collaborated with many noted landscape designers and architects, many of whom have transformed the profession with radical experimentation and diverse ideas to create a contemporary approach to garden design.
A Clearing in the Woods presents twenty-six gardens across the United States: seaside and mountain, desert and countryside, urban and rural. Foley’s exquisite photographs illuminate the work of such designers as Raymond Jungles, Edwina von Gal, Charles Stick, and Oehme, van Sweden & Associates. This remarkable blend of designers and projects—with styles ranging from classically composed geometric gardens to eclectic modern green spaces—represents the diversity of contemporary landscape design. Descriptions of each garden complement the visual presentation, highlighting sources of inspiration and design intent.
Praise for A Clearing in the Woods
"[Roger Foley] doesn't just observe; he perceives, and the resulting images capture the singular spirit of his subjects."
—The Washington Post
"Foley has a gift for making his photos draw you wholly into the garden, and here we are drawn into some unforgettable nooks and vistas."
"[Roger Foley's] cinematic phoptographs capture the distinct beauty of each garden . . . varied and spectacular." —The New York Observer Home
"The pictures in this book reflect Foley's usual high standards. An added delight is to discover that Foley also is a fine writer."
—The American Gardener
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