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Steve Jobs described Kyoto’s Japanese gardens as “the most sublime thing I’ve ever seen.” The splendid color photos that adorn every page of this book offer convincing support for that claim.

However, “The Art of the Japanese Garden” (winner of the 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award) is no mere coffee table tome. Authors David and Michiko Young delve deeply into the development of Japanese gardens over the centuries. They also examine the intricate interplay of elements and design principles that create the sublime effect.

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