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 Small Spaces, Beautiful GardensSmall Spaces, Beautiful Gardens
  Date Published 2/1/2003

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Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Just a great book on designing small gardens
What an inspiration this book is with before, in-progress and after pictures of fine gardens but whatever you do, READ it because the information on how to design wonderful outdoor spaces on small properties is really excellent. Not only did the author write the book and take the pictures, he designed and built the gardens too and he really knows his stuff.
Rated By: msokosits
From: New York
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Comments: One of the best
One of the best garden design books I've ever read and an absolute must for designers or owners of small spaces. It is simply amazing to see how a small lot or back yard of just about any size can be transformed into a beautiful garden. The text and the before, in-progress and after pictures of these gardens inspire and educate. Hats off to Mr. Davitt!
Rated By: John R. Cashin
From: Saratoga Springs, NY
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Comments: From Notion to Reality
Small Spaces Beautiful Gardens is a must read for anyone planning an urban garden. Davitt's well illustrated book shows how his creativity can transform non-descript urban backyards into spectacular enjoyable spaces. Using an ample series of photographs and sketches, the author depicts the construction, from design theme through decorative detail and planting materials. Whether your notion calls for pre-dinner cocktails or solitary serenity, you'll find plenty of ideas in this splendid garden guide.
Rated By: Diane Barnard
From: Sandy, Utah
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Comments: Worth The Wait
I have been waiting for this book to be published for over six months. It was worth the wait. The photos alone make the book a must have for anyone looking for ideas for their own small spaces. Add to that the information it contains about the design process and it is a fabulous teaching book. I have at least 20 books on landscaping and garden design. This book is my favorite by far. Keith Davitt, in my opinion, is the best designer I have seen. I hope he will be doing many more books in the future.
Rated By: I love a messed up Christmas
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Comments: Look to another book
Having worked with gardens for many years and being a garden designer myself, I thought I would check this book out.... The information is fairly basic and I just hated the use of so much BRICK in his garden designs. This might be OK if your just a beginner. You can not depend on hardscapes to make your garden. Besides, using so much brick and stone really skyrockets the cost of the garden. My clients don't need that. Plants and placement of the plants are what really make the garden......
Rated By: Betsy Gammons
From: Essex, MA
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Comments: Simply pleasure!
Being an avid gardener, I have collected a variety of garden primers over the years. Small Spaces, Beautiful Gardens is a must for beginners or well-seasoned plant lovers. The drawings and sequencing of steps are easy to follow, the photographs compelling and inspiring. Whether you wish to create your own special urban hideaway or a personal meditation spot in the country, these designs are adaptable. The hands-on experience of the author is apparent one every page. I look forward to more books by Keith Davitt.
Rated By: J. McKannay
From: Cambridge, NY
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Comments: What beautiful gardens and how wonderfully explained
As a jewelry maker I very much appreciate beautiful design and the gardens in this book are so beautifully designed. But what I really admire is how wonderfully the often complex principles of design behind the creation of each of these gardens is expressed. The author, Keith Davitt doesn't just show us beautiful gardens with lovely structural elements and truly inspired planting arrangements, he explains in clear language a pleasure to read, how and why each of the elements in the designs work. Not only is he a master at designing and building gardens, he is a wonderful writer and I would venture to say, a deep and clear thinker as well. This book is a gift to garden designers everywhere.
Rated By: Martha Foote
From: Brooklyn, NY
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Comments: A Treasure
Having just moved last fall into a city apartment with a small, ugly backyard, I was at a loss as to how to transform this unpleasant outdoor space into a beautiful and liveable garden/patio. Keith Davitt's book arrived in the nick of time. Not only does it provide the inspiration that such transformations CAN take place, it contains extremely helpful drawings, photos and design tips to support even the most novice gardener/designer (e.g., me). With its balanced combination of design concepts and practical how-to advice, this book is indeed a treasure for any would-be urban gardener.
Rated By: Susan Romans
From: Cambridge, NY
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Comments: Small book, beautiful ideas
Mr. Davitt's design work in this book presents aesthetic principles that one can apply to other spaces, even large ones. From his intelligent assessment of the initial site to the lush photos of the completed work (plus all the steps in between), I learned so much from each project. Add to this that he is an exceptional writer: sensuous and intriguing (like his gardens), yet clear and and graphic.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Inspiring Transformations
This book is ideal for city dwellers or anyone limited to a small outdoor space. It instructs, in a clear and easy-to-follow manner, how to design a unique a garden. There are many beautiful illistrations to choose from and the transformations will inspire you!
Rated By: GARDENING COUPLE
From: CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE
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Comments: BEAUTIFUL BOOK
From our insider-business perspective, we see a sheer parade of talent and ingenuity here...chapter after chapter and garden after garden. Mr. Davitt's garden "makeovers" are, in a word, spectacular. We were completely immersed in both the reader-friendly and vivid descriptions/depictions of the 'before' and 'after' garden metamorphases. Lush and detailed photos evidence the author's unique, versative and professional craftmanship. The photos, in combination with the expressively rich text, had us wishing we were there! (From NH to Brooklyn, NY, in some cases!) Whodunnit? Mr. Keith Davitt, apparently a "garden-artist" whose book is a treat for the senses. At last, a truly practical--and beautiful--"how-to," in which both everyday and professional gardeners will delight.
Rated By: David Harper
From: Welaka, Florida
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Comments: A truely unique Garden/Landscape Book
I've had the pleasure of seeing first-hand some of Mr Davitt's Garden/Landscapes, and they were memorable experiences. I've never seen gardens so beautiful. Unlike stuffy and rigid gardens, which are so common, his actually seem to improve upon nature by expressing the best of natural harmony. So when I saw his book (Small Spaces Beautiful Gardens), without a second thought, I picked up a copy for myself. Wow! His book is so insightful. Simply put, He succeeds in conveying his understanding of technique and vision, honestly and simply.
I wish more Landscape/Garden designers, whether Professional or beginners, would take Mr. Davitt's genius to heart. I think then we would have a quantum-leap in the industry.
Rated By: N. Carpenter
From: Brooklyn, NY
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Comments: Hope for the hopeless garden
This is THE book for the seemingly hopeless garden. Davitt repeatedly changes a small space into a grand escape. He also has lovely solutions for the light deprived space. I especially enjoyed the before and after photos.
Rated By: Linda J. Deiro
From: Brooklyn, NY
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Comments: A Gem
Keith Davitt has a wonderful vision of how dramatic a small space can be. The book is laid out beautifully. I loved the "before" pictures, his design drawings, and the terrific photos of the finished space. He truly knows how to create beautiful, lush, inviting gardens. I found this book to be absolutely delightful and incredibly informative.
Rated By: Andrew Pate
From: Greenwich, NY
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Comments: Small Spaces, Beautiful Gardens
The ideal book for someone who is facing a vacant lot or garden wasteland and is interested in tapping the talent, inspiration and guidance of a gifted garden designer. Kevin Davitt takes the reader through a great number of his real life garden designs, challenging us to listen to the hidden "genius" in your prospective site. Eloquent and thoughtful, his writing is clear and encouraging, helping us to discover and visualize the sanctuary our garden space can become. Filled with beautiful photographs and drawings and side bars highlighting the key ideas in each project, we are gently introduced to the authors philosophy of space and nature. The author shares his years of experience and design wisdom so you can create a space that enhances your home and recharges and inspires your relationship to mother nature. A joy to read, makes you want to get outside and start building. Focuses on small urban and suburban garden designs, but ideas can apply to all garden design processes.
Rated By: Marilyn Freedman
From: Great Neck, New York
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Comments: Esthetically engaging and pleasureable
The simplicity with which Keith Davitt has been able to convey complicated design concepts is extraordinary. He has combined this with exquisite illustrations and "before and after" photography. This book will inspire you with the confidence to transform even the most mundane of spaces into a visual and livable joy. It's also a must on our coffee table!
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: A great ideas for small gardens
I found this book to be especially helpful in visualizing small gardens. I wish that he had included some of the plant names used and sample gardening diagrams, but overall it's a great book for ideas.
Rated By: Beatrice Izzey
From: Los Angeles
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Comments: readable and helpful
esp for urban small gardens - he makes you think you can do it!