Text: William Warren
Photographs: Luca Invernizzi Tettoni
Southern Publishers Group
HAPPILY, Luca Tettoni's
lens draws us away from Bali's tourist hot-spots like Denpasar and
Kuta Beach, to uncover the botanical charm and profusion that underpins
Bali's bewitching reputation.
For the most part blessed
with volcanic fertility, abundant water and a benign climate, Bali
is a tropical paradise, where "ramé" - overcrowded abundance
- vies with "sepi" - empty stillness.
The book doesn't shirk
on the detail. There's informed analysis of the landscape and climate
variation while the chapter examining the island's plants - ranging
from orchids to edelweiss will grab the attention of gardeners.
and temple gardens, and contemporary gardens are given a broad brushstroke
in respective chapters. More specific chapters deal with some stunning
resort and private gardens, notably those of Sanur and the Bali
To most Kiwis recent
images conjured up by mention of Bali are of beaches and more unfortunately,
terrorist bombing. With its splendid portrayal of this verdant,
Indonesian island Balinese Gardens does much to dispel
both and provide a delightful memento of a remarkable garden paradise.
Gardener, Issue 140, 2004, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH