Garden Design: A Book of Ideas

Category: Book
By (author): Howcroft, Heidi
By (author): Majerus, Marianne
Subject:  ARCHITECTURE / Landscape
  GARDENING / Garden Design
  GARDENING / General
  GARDENING / Reference
Publisher: Firefly Books
Published: February 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 11.00in x 9.50in x 0.87in
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$ 54.50
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From The Publisher*

A valuable and inspiring resource for both advanced and beginner gardeners.

"Leaving no stone unturned, the basic aspects of true garden design are touched upon in what I would call a 'garden journey' book. Heidi Howcroft and Marianne Majerus give the reader absolutely superb visual content on the options available when considering crafting your personal space."
-- Washington Gardener

Now in paperback, this must-have visual reference for garden owners features over 600 images of gardens and garden elements along with incisive advice on garden design. In pictures and words, it takes readers from concept through to execution of a personalized garden built on sound design principles.

The sample gardens shown are large and small, urban and rural, and in a wide range of styles. Every aspect of designing a garden is explored, from assessing a property to choosing a style, selecting the right components, such as landscaping and boundaries, and tackling more challenging spaces. A gallery of 24 case studies further illustrates how to design a personal paradise.

Each chapter instructs on numerous related topics and presents illustrative case studies:

  • Basics: Where, Why and What: A Question of Style; Contemporary Design; Classical Design; Natural Design
  • The Components: Structure, The Backbone of a Garden; Paths and Drives; Patios and Terraces; Enclosures and Barriers
  • Shaping the Garden: Greenery and Flowers; Furnishing the Garden
  • Difficult Plots and Tricks of the Trade.

The lavish spreads address one topic, such as paved patios, and offer a variety of photographs in different styles with concise practical text. The case studies inspire with imagery and information.

Garden Design: A Book of Ideas is an ideal resource for the home gardener. It will continue to inspire as the garden matures and changes over the seasons and years.

From The Publisher*A valuable and inspiring resource for both advanced and beginner gardeners.
Review Quote*[Review of hardcover edition:] Whether you live in an urban apartment or a country cottage, Garden Design: A Book of Ideas will help you effectively plan the space you have. You'll find guidance on everything from selecting plants for soil type and seasonality to materials for paths, walls, and garden art. A series of case studies further illustrates how to design your personal paradise.
Review Quote*[Review of hardcover edition:] If you buy Mom one garden book for Mother's Day, make it this one. The coffee table book features [24] rarely exhibited real life case studies and over 600 brilliant images of a variety of lush gardens rich with detail, teaching gardeners that there isn't just one way to design. Outstanding photography accompanies Howcroft's advice; luxurious gardens are lit and shaded against sunsets, frost, mist and dew linger vividly against trees and shrubbery, while the scent of moistened soil, fresh grass and bark seem to radiate off the page. From urban to rural this is garden porn fit for any mom with a green thumb.
Review Quote*[Review of hardcover edition:] This collaboration between U.K.-based Howcroft, a landscape architect and author of more than 20 books, and award-winning garden photographer Majerus will make readers want to take a long walk in a fragrant garden. Without any hint of didacticism, Howcroft presents a wide range of garden spaces with the aim of inspiring gardeners and showing the breadth of possibility for beauty and diversity in outdoor spaces. The text encourages would-be gardeners to consider the location and soil type, the surrounding architecture, and their goals for the garden. It presents a series of case studies, showing different gardens and how and why they achieve their beauty and distinctive style. Paging through the exquisite photographs in this coffee-table book is like being given a sneak peek into some of the world's most gorgeous private outdoor spaces. It includes sections on types of paving, enclosures, garden furniture, and art. This book will inspire readers to envision what is possible even in the smallest, most improbable spaces.
Review Quote*[Review of hardcover edition:] It is, as the subtitle indicates, "a book of ideas" waiting to be imitated since imitation is believed to be the sincerest form of flattery. Pictorial subjects include, among many other topics, an all-season kitchen garden, prairie homage, contemporary rose parterre, slope gardening, walls and entranceways. The photos are large, lush, color-saturated and worth the price of admission.
Review Quote*[Review of hardcover edition:] The impact of this gorgeous book rests in the richly lustrous photographs that fill every page. The photos, all numbered and described in concise detail, teach and inspire. They propose replies to key questions: What do I want from my garden? What are my choices in path coverings? Plants featured in the photos are identified, which is important for gardeners with an eye out for new and interesting additions and plant combinations for their landscapes.
Review Quote*[Review of hardcover edition:] The authors of this essential book provide solid content, as well as visual inspiration, to suggest a style of garden that represents our individual tastes. Leaving no stone unturned, the basic aspects of true garden design are touched upon in what I would call a "garden journey" book. Heidi Howcroft and Marianne Majerus give the reader absolutely superb visual content on the options available when considering crafting your personal space... I recommend this book not just because the photos are absolutely stunning, but because the content, from cover to cover provides easy-to-understand, worthwhile information that one can use, no matter the level of gardening experience. Whether you are designing a new garden or enhancing a familiar one, this is a great book to have on the reference shelf.
Review Quote*[Review of hardcover edition:] If you're dreaming up designs for your garden, there's a new book to help, and it is excellent. It is "Garden Design: A Book of Ideas". All aspects of design elements are covered with loads of beautiful colour photographs. It's a perfect resource book for the landscape architect or garden designer.
Review Quote*[Review of hardcover edition:] Filled with [24] real-life case studies, 600 photographs and concise text, Garden Design: A Book of Ideas is the ultimate resource for garden inspiration and practical advice. Giving clear instructions for creating gardens in spaces big or small, urban or rural, tips take you through the entire process from assessing the garden situation, developing a design, installing components and dressing the space. With clearly laid out contents and plant recommendations throughout you will be admiring your personal dream garden in no time.