I can't decide which of these two books I like better -- so maybe both would be welcome under the Christmas tree. Both are from British authors.
Garden designer Sophie Walker emphases themes that explore major elements in Japanese design in this comprehensive survey of 92 gardens, from the ancient to the contemporary. She also includes essays by other artists, designers, and cultural experts. A book you won't want to miss. My full review is here.
Author Helena Attlee takes you to many gardens in this book that are off the beaten tourist track, ones you might miss on a regular garden tour.
Descriptions of each garden and stunning photos complete the tour ... a book you'll want to study carefully before you embark on that trip to Japan. My full review is here.