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It will present 35 to 40 spectacular contemporary gardens in the Philippines, both big and small, situated in and around the Metropolitan Manila area and the nearby provinces of Laguna, Batangas and Tagaytay. The vast majority of the gardens are in private homes. It will introduce a contemporary gardening style that has been evolving in the Philippines over the past decade as talented designers have come into their own - not to mention all the talented homeowners who are making this happen. These designers and owners are working wonders with the widespread use of stones and indigenous flora. Some work along Oriental lines, others follow Western models. All are finding their own original niches in attempting to define a unique tropical gardening style. There is no one school of gardening in the Philippines - much as there is no one term to describe the Filipinos themselves - who are a hybrid of many cultural influences. This book aims to celebrate "The New Tropical Garden."
Lily Gamboa O'Boyle is an accomplished home entertainer and avid gardener originally from the Philippines where she distinguished herself as an actress. She is the author of Philippine Hospitality, Pacific Crossings and In the Gardens of the Philippines.
Elizabeth Reyes is a travel, arts and feature writer for various Asian magazines and the author of many books on Philippine design and architecture, including her groundbreaking Filipino Style.
Luca Invernizzi Tettoni is well-known for his photographs in Balinese Gardens, Thai Garden Style and The Tropical Garden, among others. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines throughout the world. He currently lives in Singapore.