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The dean of garden design gives you all you need to know to create the garden of your dreams, even if you have only a balcony, rooftop, or a small yard to plant. Using a variety of structural materials and designs with appropriate plants, a small area can be developed into an extension of your home. Author Biography: One of the most widely regarded and consistently innovat The dean of garden design gives you all you need to know to create the garden of your dreams, even if you have only a balcony, rooftop, or a small yard to plant. Using a variety of structural materials and designs with appropriate plants, a small area can be developed into an extension of your home. Author Biography: One of the most widely regarded and consistently innovative voices in garden design, John Brookes, has been writing best-selling garden books since 1969. His top sellers include The Complete Garden Design Book, The Garden Book., and DK's The Indoor Garden Book.


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The dean of garden design gives you all you need to know to create the garden of your dreams, even if you have only a balcony, rooftop, or a small yard to plant. Using a variety of structural materials and designs with appropriate plants, a small area can be developed into an extension of your home. Author Biography: One of the most widely regarded and consistently innovat The dean of garden design gives you all you need to know to create the garden of your dreams, even if you have only a balcony, rooftop, or a small yard to plant. Using a variety of structural materials and designs with appropriate plants, a small area can be developed into an extension of your home. Author Biography: One of the most widely regarded and consistently innovative voices in garden design, John Brookes, has been writing best-selling garden books since 1969. His top sellers include The Complete Garden Design Book, The Garden Book., and DK's The Indoor Garden Book.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Rossdavidh

    So, it appears that in the mid-1970's, someone named John Brookes who lived in the U.K. decided to write a book about small gardens. It is chock full of full-color pictures (ok not really full color, mostly earthtones and greens), and hardbound, and it is difficult to picture lugging it into the garden to read. But, I don't do much garden reading anyway, so I suppose that is not really an issue. I read it a few pages at a time, in bed before going to sleep. While I do, from time to time, putter a So, it appears that in the mid-1970's, someone named John Brookes who lived in the U.K. decided to write a book about small gardens. It is chock full of full-color pictures (ok not really full color, mostly earthtones and greens), and hardbound, and it is difficult to picture lugging it into the garden to read. But, I don't do much garden reading anyway, so I suppose that is not really an issue. I read it a few pages at a time, in bed before going to sleep. While I do, from time to time, putter about in the garden a bit, I wish to make it clear that I am in no way the sort of person to whom this book is addressed. It is intended for a far more ambitious gardener, who wishes to make a modest-sized, yet still decorative work of art out of their tiny back yard or apartment balcony or what-have-you. I am not that person. I am, rather, the sort of person who a week ago got told (in a piece of registered mail) by the city of Austin that I had 30 days to make sure my back fence was in good repair. My first thought was, "what fence?", because I got rid of the fence a decade ago owing to its unfortunate propensity to fall to pieces. Now the primary reason for this bit of passive-aggressive behavior by the city is no doubt that they are short on cash and wish to issue a lot of fines as a way to fill their coffers again, but it should be admitted that my back yard looks a bit too much of an easy mark for this kind of thing. My wife has described the look of our backyard as "Appalachian", or maybe that was me. I can raise some plants worth eating bits of (basil and lambsquarter and amaranth and malabar and such), but no one is going to mistake my garden for being decorative. So, why did I read this book, you ask? Perhaps to motivate me to change my ways, in this regard? Unlikely. If I were the sort to keep my surroundings tidy, it would have manifested itself before age 53, and also I would not have married the particular woman who I did. Rather, I just enjoy looking at the many ways in which other people, and perhaps especially other times and places, chose to arrange their surroundings. There is something so very 70's about this book, and I cannot necessarily put my finger on it but it probably has something to do with the art style and the color balance of the photography. There is also something very British (or perhaps just European) about how every two or three pages it refers to how one must check with the local authorities before doing X, Y, or Z in your own garden. But then, as we have discussed, I am not one to be on always great terms with even an American local government in this regard. The book also makes rather more references to how to make sure your garden can withstand, and even be of some use in, the long depths of winter, which is not a primary concern in Texas in most years. If it actually descends into the temperature ranges where water loses its liquid nature, we retreat into our houses and await the End Times. It is not a thing we prepare for. They did give a fair amount of advice on what to do and not do, that was worth considering in my case. How to make a compost bin that is not entirely unsightly, for example. It was also calming, to see such tidy, yet not too tidy, but rather well-calibrated-in-its-untidyness gardens, and that was a good choice to gaze at just before sleep. Just don't expect me to do too much of it myself, unless you send legal notice of some sort.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A heavy, full-color, picture-loaded compendium of small garden ideas. Tips, plans, ideas, resources, plant index and did I mention full-color images? Lots of them. Walkways, fencing, water features, lighting, seating, decor. Just a lovely 300+ page book of fun for any gardener. I have many pages tabbed for later implementation in my own garden. Always a sure sign of a good book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amalie

    I really enjoyed this book, I don't regret for a second that I bought it. To say something about the title: it's really appropriate. I was surprised at first to see several entire chapters dedicated to roof gardens and small basement entrances. The book is full of great detailed photographs and it is a real pleasure to read even if you are not interested in applying some of the methods/ principles to your own garden. I guess this is a one I'll re-read again and again. I really enjoyed this book, I don't regret for a second that I bought it. To say something about the title: it's really appropriate. I was surprised at first to see several entire chapters dedicated to roof gardens and small basement entrances. The book is full of great detailed photographs and it is a real pleasure to read even if you are not interested in applying some of the methods/ principles to your own garden. I guess this is a one I'll re-read again and again.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeannen

    The best thing about this book is the wealth of pictures of wonderful small spaces -- inspiration for when you're looking at a small, unappealing space and wondering what to do next with it. There's a small section about plants at the back, but the core of the book is about creating a place for people, rather than a place for plants. The best thing about this book is the wealth of pictures of wonderful small spaces -- inspiration for when you're looking at a small, unappealing space and wondering what to do next with it. There's a small section about plants at the back, but the core of the book is about creating a place for people, rather than a place for plants.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Bossing 2021

    The author and I have VERY different ideas on what makes a small garden, but the garden design ideas and guides in here are very, very good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Norah

    Useful when I had a garden.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Henriette

    Very inspirational. Love it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ann Keller

    Small gardens present the gardener with a host of problems, but also with the rare opportunity to demonstrate a flair for creativity and style in a small setting. In this book, the reader is treated to many wonderful ideas of how to use flowers and plantings to best advantage. Scale must be maintained in a small garden and the color photographs in this book will help guide the gardener establish a truly tranquil and beautiful setting in even the smallest of spaces. Well worth it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This garden book was so suspenseful! The barcode shows a different title w the correct description. This book has lovely before and after photos, with a descriptive how to section in the back. I'll refer to this as projects come up. This garden book was so suspenseful! The barcode shows a different title w the correct description. This book has lovely before and after photos, with a descriptive how to section in the back. I'll refer to this as projects come up.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I think the author has a different definition of "small" than I do. If your "small garden" is a sizable courtyard with room for trees, shrubs, benches, sheds and statues, then this is the book for you. For the rest of us...well,the pictures are beautiful. And the design advice is sound. I think the author has a different definition of "small" than I do. If your "small garden" is a sizable courtyard with room for trees, shrubs, benches, sheds and statues, then this is the book for you. For the rest of us...well,the pictures are beautiful. And the design advice is sound.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I read an older version, but let me tell you - when he means 'Small Gardens' he means SMALL gardens!! It's fantastic! I read an older version, but let me tell you - when he means 'Small Gardens' he means SMALL gardens!! It's fantastic!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    It wasn't what I expected. It didn't have a lot of ideas I liked and had information I would like to have known such as wether it liked shade, sun etc. It wasn't what I expected. It didn't have a lot of ideas I liked and had information I would like to have known such as wether it liked shade, sun etc.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barry

    Has a good selection of example garden designs from which to take inspiration.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Georgia Stencel

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Amester

    Love this book - piles of ideas, very concise. Brookes deserves his renown.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    EXACTLY what I wanted it to be - a book about creating livable, beautiful outdoor space when you have more than a windowbox but less than anything measured by the acre. With a lot of pictures.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Extremely comprehensive! A great reference.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dora

    Saw at book store.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marita

    Awesome pictures, clear text, lots of variety, well laid out and organized.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Efrat

    Great ideas from hard landscaping to soft. A modern can-do aesthetic. A great reference.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barbel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Juliane

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  26. 4 out of 5

    Richard Lloyd

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mike Hamilton

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frøya

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mag

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abdul Basit

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