Author(s): Maria Del mar Villafranca
The Alhambra is one of the worlds great gardens. This will be the first comprehensive book on the subject for over 90 years, and will not be superseded for many years to come. Lavishly illustrated with commissioned photography and previously unpublished archive material, the book is written by the worlds leading experts including the director of the site, Maria delMar Villafranca, and with contributions from architectural historian William Curtis and Alvaro Siza, the Pritzker prize-winning designer of a new garden at the Alhambra, which will be described here for the first time.
Maria del Mar Villafranca was Director of the board of trustees for the Alhambra between 2004 and 2015.
Introduction Timeline and location in the landscape Overview of the Alhambra The relationship between architecture and gardens The influence of agriculture A series of green spaces, developing over time Water in the gardens Planting in the gardensThe Generalife Setting in the landscape The Patio de la Acequia The Patio de la Sultana Upper gardens Lower gardens The Paseo de los Cipreses New Gardens and open air theatre Orchards MeadowsThe Alhambra Setting in the landscape, a sequence of patios The Patio de Arrayanes The Patio de Leones, the Patios de la Reja and de la Higuera El Partal and the Palacio de los Infantes The Patio de Machuca and El Mexuar The Rampart GardensWoods and other gardens The woods around the Alhambra Other gardens within the complex The new entranceThematic capsules within the book Floral ornamentation Water sources Water and land Water circulation in the palaces The Patio de los Aljibes and the Plaza de Carlos V Ibn Luyun's treatise on agriculture The royal cemetary The Cuesta del Rey Chico Santa Maria orchard and the Architect's Garden The Generalife olive grove Garden tradition and the cultural landscape The Alhambra Manifesto, modern Spanish architecture and the gardens Carmenes, the traditional gardens of Granada Lorca and the Alhambra