|By (author):||Adam, Judith|
|Subject:||GARDENING / General|
|GARDENING / Landscape|
|GARDENING / Reference|
|Size:||10.00in x 8.00in x 0.37in|
|From The Publisher*|
Praise for the author's Landscape Planning: Practical Techniques for the Home Gardener:
"Highly recommended as one of the most comprehensive, up-to-date works on general gardening."
"This book is worth its weight in gold."
In this book, accomplished garden writer Judith Adam targets new homeowners in sterile, still-to-be-landscaped suburbs. Creating an attractive setting for a brand-new house is a high priority and hard to resist, as all improvements will add to the property's dollar value as well as the enjoyment of the new home.
With a light hand Adam outlines the basic steps toward transforming an empty yard into a welcoming, appealing space, beginning with identifying a personal garden style and assessing the pros and cons of a site, then choosing, planting and maintaining plants.
Your First Garden is a primer on the basic elements of landscape design and garden creation: planning for scale and balance, color selection, and architectural features are all landscape elements that homeowners must understand.
Chapters include information on:
All perennial and annual plant selections are easy to grow, suitable for all North American climates, and inexpensive.
Judith Adams' previous title, Landscape Planning, sold more than 72,000 copies. In Your First Garden she provides a highly readable road map for new homeowners and neophyte gardeners. It is an essential purchase for all collections.
|Review Quote*||Gives detailed advice to first-time gardeners on how to make a home's exterior appealing and an attractive setting. Judith Adam takes you through different phases of designing the landscape of your garden. With each phase, she gives you relevant information and realistic expectations on what to anticipate. It is noted that starting a garden is not easy and Adams even says it may be best for some people to call a professional to help with the task. If you don't have the resources to call an expert, however, this book makes the job of growing your own garden a little less daunting. I was very surprised while reading this book, because I learned that starting a garden isn't just planting some seeds and hoping for the best. There is a lot of consideration and planning that goes into gardening like: surveying the area around your house for seeing the size and shape your garden will take on, figuring out how you will irrigate the garden, recognizing the type of soil you have, finding ways to keep your soil healthy, and deciding if you want to add other installations to your garden like patios and decks. The book also gives an overview of what plants and trees work best for each season... I would recommend this book to gardeners, homeowners, and landscapers. Whether you are a novice or expert, I believe this book will be enlightening for everyone.|
|Review Quote*||"While new home buyers will spend thousands of dollars beautifying the inside of their home, many neglect the outside, often because they don't have the skills and patience to create their own garden. But it doesn't have to be that way! "Your First Garden: A Landscape Primer for New Owners" is a perfect paperback resource for home buyers with little-to-no gardening experience who need to transform their yard into a welcoming, appealing space that will add to the value of their home... Adam begins by inspiring home buyers to find their personal style and inspiration, assessing the pros and cons home buyers may find at a site, and suggesting ways to rectify any issues they may come across, such as poor soil and bad drainage. From here, readers learn how to plan out the space by building garden beds, and are taught the basics of fertilization and plant nutrition. Lastly, Adam breaks down the best low-maintenance annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs to grow in a new garden... It is filled with beautiful color photographs, diagrams and instructions and is chockful of hints and tips that even seasoned gardeners will appreciate... The ideal how-to and inspiration book for anyone looking to start their first garden. It not only takes away the daunting task of getting started, but teaches you how to care for and enjoy your garden for years to come. "|
|Review Quote*||Comprehensive and full of useful checklists for evaluating your space soil and design plans.|
|Review Quote*||"Colour photos and a concise text make this a helpful "getting started" or landscape renovation guide."|
Judith Adam is a horticulturalist, landscape designer and journalist who also writes for many magazines. She is the author of Landscape Planning: Practical Techniques for the Home Gardener and lives in Toronto.