SAHARA Highlights: Gardens and Parks

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | May 07, 2019

This month’s Highlights feature the many varieties of gardens, parks, and landscaped environments contributed by our members. These include intimate spaces for contemplation, grand public parks, whimsical sculptural centerpieces, the innovative incorporation of water, and many more examples of creative land use from across the globe. Thank you to our contributors, as always.

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East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, begun 1830. Patrick Neill and David Cousin, landscape gardeners for 1849–50 redesign. Photo by Dell Upton, 2017.

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“Bubble” Installation at Blenheim Palace, England, part of Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace exhibition, 2014–2015. Photo by Matthew Walker, 2014.

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Lai Chi Kok Park, Mei Foo Sun Chuen Estates, Hong Kong. Wong Tung & Partners, 1968–78. The park serves the 70,000+ residents of Mei Foo, one of the largest housing complexes in the world, with 99 apartment blocks on 40 acres. Photo by Jackie Spafford, 2019.

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Rock Garden of Chandigarh, India.Begun 1957 by Nek Chand. Photo by Gretta Tritch Roman, 2012.

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Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA. Landscape architects Richard Haigh and Thomas Dolliver Church, and garden designer Fujitaro Kubota, 1961–86. Photo by Dianne Harris, ca. 2009.

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Water garden at the entrance to the Dome, Ahmadu Bello Residence Hall, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, 1962. Photo by ‘Deyemi Akande, 2014.

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Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sydney, Australia.Underground reservoir dating to 1866 was partially redesigned in 2006–2009 as an urban park by Tonkin Zulaikha Architects and JMD Design (landscape firm). Photo by Dell Upton, 2015.

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Newton House garden, Llandeilo, Wales. Begun ca. 1660, and refurbished ca. 1770 by Capability Brown. Photo by Jeff Klee, 2013.

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Éclatement II, Place de la Gare, Québec, Québec, Canada.André Plante, landscape architect, 1998. The sculpture by Charles Daudelin is “meant to evoke the power of water as a source of renewable energy and development.” Photo by Dell Upton, 2013.




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