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The Rockefeller family gardens : an American legacy / photographs by Larry Lederman ; introduction by Dominique Browning ; essays by Cynthia Bronson Altman, Todd Forrest and Cassie Banning ; afterword by Larry Lederman.

By: Lederman, Larry.
Contributor(s): Browning, Dominique [writer of introduction.] | Altman, Cynthia [author.] | Forrest, Todd A [author.] | Banning, Cassie [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : The Monacelli Press, [2017]Description: 200 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781580934879; 1580934870.Subject(s): Rockefeller family -- Homes and haunts -- Pictorial works | John D. Rockefeller House (Pocantico Hills, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works | Gardens -- New York (State) -- Pocantico Hills -- Pictorial works | Gardens -- Maine -- Seal Harbor -- Pictorial worksDDC classification: 712.09747/277 Summary: The Rockefeller family is synonymous with great wealth, extraordinary philanthropy, and exceptional stewardship of unspoiled landscapes. In their private world, the Rockefellers have created extraordinary gardens. Over the course of a century, their grounds have matured and evolved to reflect the layered visions of three generations of the Rockefeller family. At Kykuit in the Hudson Valley, John D. Rockefeller valued broad expanses of lawns with a noble forest of evergreens at the perimeter. His son, John D. Rockefeller Jr., molded this landscape into a more formal Beaux-Arts garden design. This garden was later enhanced by Nelson A. Rockefeller?s addition of an extensive collection of twentieth-century sculpture, which is still in place today. In 'The Rockefeller Family Gardens', photographer Larry Lederman gives readers unprecedented access to the two Kykuit gardens, the expansive Beaux-Arts style garden and a little-known Japanese garden, brought to life by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller.
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Virtual American aristocracy, the Rockefeller family is synonymous with great wealth, extraordinary philanthropy, and exceptional stewardship of unspoiled landscapes. In their private world, the Rockefellers have created extraordinary gardens, two at Kykuit in the Hudson Valley and a third in Seal Harbor, Maine. At Kykuit, built by John D. Rockefeller Sr., are the expansive Italian-style garden, now enhanced with a collection of modern sculpture installed by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, and the little-known walled Japanese garden, also brought to life by Governor Rockefeller. His mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, was the force behind the garden at the Eyrie, the family summer retreat in Maine. She collaborated with noted designer Beatrix Farrand to design a walled garden inspired by Asian aesthetics at the perimeter but filled with traditional perennials and borders.Photographer Larry Lederman has captured the beauty of these gardens in all seasons, focusing on the geometry of the designs and the processional approach and tour through the space and capturing the color and light that animates it.Text by Todd Forrest of the New York Botanical Garden and Cynthia Altman of Kykuit provides expert commentary on the design and plant materials.

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The Rockefeller family is synonymous with great wealth, extraordinary philanthropy, and exceptional stewardship of unspoiled landscapes. In their private world, the Rockefellers have created extraordinary gardens. Over the course of a century, their grounds have matured and evolved to reflect the layered visions of three generations of the Rockefeller family. At Kykuit in the Hudson Valley, John D. Rockefeller valued broad expanses of lawns with a noble forest of evergreens at the perimeter. His son, John D. Rockefeller Jr., molded this landscape into a more formal Beaux-Arts garden design. This garden was later enhanced by Nelson A. Rockefeller?s addition of an extensive collection of twentieth-century sculpture, which is still in place today. In 'The Rockefeller Family Gardens', photographer Larry Lederman gives readers unprecedented access to the two Kykuit gardens, the expansive Beaux-Arts style garden and a little-known Japanese garden, brought to life by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller.

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Library Journal Review

Photographer Lederman (Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden) guides readers through a comprehensive tour of the Rockefeller family gardens in New York's Hudson Valley and Seal Harbor, ME. The main estate Kykuit in Sleepy Hollow has a large formal Beaux-Arts garden, to which patriarch Nelson Rockefeller added a collection of modern sculpture. A second but lesser-known Japanese garden is also located here. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller garden at the family summer retreat, Eyrie, is a walled area designed with Asian influence and planted in a traditional style with masses of perennials and colorful flowers. All three spaces are open to the public. The photographs are conceived around viewing seasonal changes and observing effects of light upon the plants, trees, architecture, and artworks. Each garden has its own section in the book. Essays by Todd Forrest of the New York Botanical Garden, Cassie Banning of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, and Cynthia Bronson Altman of Kykuit accompany the photos and provide expert commentary on their history, plantings, and design. Lederman captures moments in nature imbued with atmospheric light, reminiscent of the impressionist style. VERDICT A delight for garden historians and botanical photographers.-Deborah A. Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

The three gardens chronicled in this work are the best of the Rockefeller Family gardens--a formal Japanese garden at Kykuit (the family estate in Westchester County, New York) and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden on Mount Desert Island in Maine. The text, which contains five brief essays, sets the stage for the volume's raison d'être. Also, the photographs by landscape photographer Larry Lederman are superb. This reviewer has visited two of the three gardens and, in some ways, the photographs are almost better than the real experience. Lederman, who lives near Kykuit, visited the gardens during all seasons, and his selection of perfect moments is incredibly sensitive. He spent less time in the Maine garden, as it was only open during the summer months, so this garden portrait is less complete. This visually luscious and magnificently ordered volume can be appreciated by a wide range of readers. Nonetheless, the lack of an index diminishes the user-friendliness of this incredible book. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Irwin Richman, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus