Beyond the Lawn: Unique Outdoor Spaces for Modern Living

Beyond the Lawn: Unique Outdoor Spaces for Modern Living

by Keith Davitt
     
 


"Grass is pass¬," says veteran landscape designer Keith Davitt. He goes beyond the traditional lawn in this book, now in paperback, in which he offers a number of fresh, new ideas for transforming front and backyards into sanctuaries that pack plenty of curb appeal and offer a hideaway for you and your family and friends.

This refreshing book offers myriad

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"Grass is pass¬," says veteran landscape designer Keith Davitt. He goes beyond the traditional lawn in this book, now in paperback, in which he offers a number of fresh, new ideas for transforming front and backyards into sanctuaries that pack plenty of curb appeal and offer a hideaway for you and your family and friends.

This refreshing book offers myriad ideas for nontraditional outdoor spaces that are as beautiful as they are low maintenance. YouÆll discover how to banish cutting, watering, and weed worries forever by creating lovely outdoor spaces that replace the traditional grass lawn with rock walls, sculptures, native grasses, mosses, wildflowers, and more.

Davitt guides you through making design choices that suit your unique needs, such as determining which plants thrive in particular climates and soil conditions. He shows how to beautify your landscape with numerous materials and techniques, ultimately proving that it is possible to create a truly stunning garden without grass.

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Publishers Weekly
Homeowners reluctant to "make the investment of time and resources [that] lawns require" should consider gardens sans grass, insists garden designer Davitt-but while his ideas for rock gardens, ground covers and terraces are on the whole appealing, most look like they'd take more maintenance (and money) than a traditional lawn. In chapters that highlight pebbled gardens, bricked gardens, gardens with water and other themes, Davitt picks admirable specimens and then analyzes them according to "the look," "what works and why," "variations on a theme" (in which he makes suggestions for changes) and "where this style can be used"-a tactic that some readers might find helpfully consistent and others repetitively intrusive. One garden, with its pattern of contrasting stones, evokes a creek bed; another features a deck devoted to succulents. There are many different plans here, and plenty of illustrations, though the design of the pages themselves is blocky and not particularly attractive. Arial shots and layout drawings reveal the gardens' shapes clearly, while side notes with titles like "Nothing in a garden exists alone" and "What is a garden?" seek to add a kind of semi-philosophical gravitas. A book that belongs in a workroom rather than on the coffee table, this volume should offer disenchanted grass-growers plenty of new ideas. Color illustrations throughout. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592530977
Publisher:
Rockport Publishers
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author


Keith Davitt has been designing, building, photographing, and writing about gardens for 20 years. His gardens and articles have appeared in numerous magazines, and he is the author of Small Spaces, Beautiful Gardens. He lives in Cambridge, New York.

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