With over 200 color photos and illustrations, this fifth title in the Fine Gardening Design Guides series explores the role architectural and ornamental accents — paths, fences, trellises, arbors, statuary, benches, and water elements — play in garden design. The book offers an inspiring array of projects, including some that can be completed in a weekend.
Date Published 1/1/2001
Rated By: Patricia Tryon
From: Longmont, CO
Comments: Depends on what you need... If you have a large (at least a half acre; preferably more) garden, the scale of many of the projects in this book will make sense to you and you would probably find rating this book any less than five stars to be a kind of joke. After all, the photographs (as expected from anything associated with Taunton) are superb and there are drawings clear enough to help you develop your own plans for arbors, paths, and other structures. If, like me, you have a very small garden (5-6000 square feet) onto which you struggle to impose some kind of order so that the whole thing does not devolve into a nursery-like display of perennials or a hardware store-like show of a picnic table and benches, you will probably not find much of use here -- one star, at best.
Managing scale so that things look neither too ditzy nor over-stuffed in our little space is what I have most trouble piecing together. In this book I really was not able to find any help. From the rolling lawns which provided setting for many of the photos, I inferred that the scale probably is not right for my back 4.5; these are projects for a back 40 or more. What I wanted was a book to help me develop a way of thinking about accents in my very small garden, a way of working creatively within limits.
What the book provides is a series of projects for gardeners who are working on a large scale -- although they, too, might wish for something in addition to the discrete articles to help them develop an overall vision, a way of assuring that these structural additions accent and not overwhelm.