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Posted February 24, 2008
A great visual encyclopedia and a source of inspiration and ideas for your garden design
'When painters seek artistic development and inspiration they visit great art collections, like those in the Louvre, Paris, the Tate Gallery, London, and the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. When gardeners seek inspiration there is no one place to find a wide selection of styles and designs, hence the reason for this book...' Derek Fell wrote in 'Encyclopedia of Garden Design and Structure: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Garden.' He continued to discuss designing the landscape, and gardens of inspiration (the influences of great painters, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne on garden design), informal versus formal design, softscape versus hardscape components, etc. He also listed and explained the garden design terms in alphabetic order, each term is briefly discussed and demonstrated with color photos. On Derek's discussion of formal and informal gardens, I have a different opinion and I think while Chinese and Japanese traditional buildings tend to be formal and symmetric with extensive and powerful uses of grids and axes, Chinese and Japanese gardens should be considered informal gardens with their overall naturalistic layout. See my book, 'Planting Design Illustrated' for related in-depth discussion. 'Encyclopedia of Garden Design and Structure: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Garden' has 224 pages and over 1,000 color photos and over 100 garden features. Overall, it is a great visual encyclopedia and a source of inspiration and ideas for your garden design.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.