Ann Lovejoy's Organic Garden Design School: A Guide for Creating Your Own Beautiful, Easy-Care Garden

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Acclaimed gardening expert Ann Lovejoy shares her secrets of success in this lush coffee table book that doubles as a hands-on workbook.

As one of America's most well-known and widely respected gardening gurus, Ann Lovejoy is frequently asked how she gardens so successfully. This book is her answer. An energetic, inspiring teacher, Lovejoy uses photographs from her own naturalistic, organic gardens to guide readers through every step of designing and planting beautiful, ...

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Overview

Acclaimed gardening expert Ann Lovejoy shares her secrets of success in this lush coffee table book that doubles as a hands-on workbook.

As one of America's most well-known and widely respected gardening gurus, Ann Lovejoy is frequently asked how she gardens so successfully. This book is her answer. An energetic, inspiring teacher, Lovejoy uses photographs from her own naturalistic, organic gardens to guide readers through every step of designing and planting beautiful, low-maintenance gardens that reflect the personal styles of their creators. Using solid organic principles, both in design and care, Lovejoy addresses the specific requirements of each of the country's growing regions. Clear, concise lessons are presented in a gorgeous four-color format, and the volume concludes with 30 workbook pages of hands-on "homework" to help readers plan their own gardens. For those who can't make the trip to Lovejoy's real-life gardening school, this book is the next best thing.

About the Author:
Ann Lovejoy is a major contributor to Horticulture magazine, a frequent lecturer, and author of 22 books, including Ortho's All About Annuals, Ortho's All About Perennials, Gardening From Scratch, A Contemplation Upon Flowers and Tea Gardens. A garden columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, she owns and runs The Sequoia Center, an organic gardening school on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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"Garden where you live," writes Ann Lovejoy. Wiser words have never been written. Lovejoy, a lifelong gardener and teacher, offers detailed instructions on creating your own green space in Ann Lovejoy's Organic Garden Design School. Why organic? Because Lovejoy strongly believes in following the patterns of nature, and she employs a series of concepts that she describes as the five senses of the garden: welcome, enclosure, entry, flow, and place. What results is a natural lushscape that requires less work and is friendlier to the earth that is our home. She does away with the notion of the "perfect garden" from which bugs and weeds are obliterated. "Perfectionism is a loser's game in any case, but in gardening, it has been a force for harm," she writes. This gorgeous book from a master gardener provides clear and concise lessons in organic garden design.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As gifted a writer as she is a gardener, Lovejoy is always a pleasure to read, and her lyric prose is at the heart of this inspired and inspiring volume for the intermediate gardener that offers a conceptually sophisticated, but eminently accessible (and entirely organic) method for creating naturalistic beauty. "I believe that gardens are more serene when they reflect what's found in nature," writes Lovejoy, who encourages readers to stay keenly attuned to their surroundings and "cooperate" with plants instead of trying to "control" them. Based on the same curriculum she uses in her Seattle classes, this excellent book leads readers through Lovejoy's principles to successful garden design, including "the five senses of the garden" (welcome, enclosure, entry, flow and place), plant layering, the "golden bowl effect" (a sunny central area surrounded by "plants and key trees for privacy") and "an informal rule of thirds" (one third evergreens, one third deciduous structural plants [trees and shrubs] and one third perennials). Maintenance and care of a garden that is as lovely as it is nearly self-sustaining are also covered, and the book includes a workbook that allows readers to gather site information in a logical way, set goals and create an overall garden plan. Lovejoy is consistently lively, and readers may find themselves as charmed by her singular turns of phrase (hydrangeas' "skeletal flowerheads seem to rebloom when heaped with snow") as they are by her horticultural wisdom. (Mar. 16) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Of these two garden design titles, readers will be more enthused over Lovejoy's excellent work. Lovejoy conducts garden design classes near Seattle and presents the same curriculum here. A strong advocate of naturalistic gardening, she encourages gardeners to seek out the native plants growing in their particular area and use them to their greatest advantage in an entirely organic way. She begins by discussing the principles of design with the "five senses of the garden" (welcome, enclosure, entry, flow, and place) and continues with other design principles such as "green architecture" (elements of the garden such as plants and structures), creating natural backdrops, "sandwich gardening" (intermingling plants in the same location), and using combinations and vignettes. Other informative sections focus on the power of paths and walkways, layering plants to scale, and problem-solving. Helpful charts list specific plants for certain situations. The last third of the book focuses on maintenance and offers clear-cut advice and instructions on mulching, composting, etc. Included at the end of the volume is a 34-page workbook for readers to list plant choices, set goals, and create their own garden plan. This is not a pullout section but it does contain fill in the blanks. Lovejoy's book is highly recommended. In Steven's concise and colorful guide, the award-winning garden designer shows that garden design does not have to be a complicated affair. Chapters focus on individual aspects of garden design (surveying the property, choosing a design, implementing the design), and case studies show five different gardens in various styles (a walled garden, suburban garden, roof terrace, etc.). There is also a source list for garden structures and other materials. This is a small paperbound book (under 100 pages) with limited text and well-chosen illustrations; nice but not an essential purchase. Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Create a beautiful and easy organic garden with the aid of Organic Garden Design School, a design-oriented book which covers topics ranging from linking cultivation efforts to the natural environment offered to using colors and textures in the garden. Using space wisely, choosing native plants, and creating a garden mood are all covered in an excellent guide for all gardening levels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875968360
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Rodale Organic Gardening Book Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 10.74 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Lovejoy ranks among the country's leading garden experts and has been featured on HGTV, National Public Radio, and national public television. She has written more than 18 gardening books, including The American Mixed Border, Further Along the Garden Path, Fragrance in Bloom, and Gardening from Scratch, and is a regular garden and food columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Ann Lovejoy's garden school classes are offered throughout the Northwest. Some of her more unusual classes introduce gardeners to beneficial bugs and compost teas, and her workshops on Bulldozer Gardening teach students-often including professionals-how to use heavy machinery efficiently and without harming existing trees. Her classes accommodate both small and large groups and garden clubs and sometimes include continuing education programs for regional Master Gardeners. Garden school travel programs take gardeners as far afield as Europe and Costa Rica, where Ann has developed a gardeners' eco-tour program for EcoTeach, a nonprofit foundation that supports environmental protection projects in Costa Rica.

Ann is the founder and director or the Sequoi Center for the Healing Arts, which offers daily classes in tai chi, yoga, and meditation, and is host of a women's community circle. The Sequoia Center, also the site of Ann's home and garden, is visited by as many as 100 people a day. Her public volunteer gardening project (The Town in Bloom) turns neglected public spaces into thriving gardens entirely maintained by volunteers. This program recently won a national award and is the model for projects being developed in other communities.

Ann lives with her two teenage sons on Bainbridge Island, a ferry ride away from Seattle, Washington.

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