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Reviewing Garden Books
Timeless Landscape Design
An oversized book reads like a delightful course in landscape design; perhaps not surprising, since the authors are renowned in the fields of landscape architecture. Filled with beautiful photos, as are many lovely garden books, but with the additional inclusion of many illustrated design concepts. It is a book that brings learning design into a form that is easy to grasp.
Energy-Wise Landscape Design
This is simply a very informative handbook to help save energy in your landscape. And it is good at what it does.
Stonescaping, An Idea Book
Above all, this paperback book from Taunton press is a picture book of ideas.
The Garden in Winter
The Garden in Winter by Suzy Bales, who is a contributing editor to Better Homes & Gardens, is more a “decorating” book than a garden book. It has garden information, for sure, but primarily focuses on How to brighten up a winter garden or house with arrangements of evergreens and berries, containers and sculpture. For those who live in the deep freeze parts of the USA, many of the plants will bloom more in the early spring, rather than truly in winter.
Understanding Garden Design by Vanessa Gardner Nagel
Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers by Vanessa Gardner Nagel touted itself as aspiring to be a “comprehensive resource”, and after reading it… I was surprised to find that a fairly accurate claim. Think of this book as a “mini landscape design course”.
Review Shorts: Gardening For A Lifetime
Gardening For A Lifetime by Sydney Eddison Sydney Eddison has written a very readable book with many of the lessons I have already found true- or am in the midst of discovering in my own gardening life. Beginning with identifiable history, which could...
Review Shorts: Perfect Plant Perfect Place
This is a book of brightly illustrated short plant profiles.
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