Garden Ornament

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Using the Power of Ornament to Perfect Nature's Beauty

Whether it is fine art, folk art, or our own whimsical creation, the right ornament in the right spot can transform a garden, sharpening its focus, adding structure and permanence, and layering in references to other times and places.

Here, from LINDA JOAN SMITH, is all a gardener needs to know to put the magical ...

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Using the Power of Ornament to Perfect Nature's Beauty

Whether it is fine art, folk art, or our own whimsical creation, the right ornament in the right spot can transform a garden, sharpening its focus, adding structure and permanence, and layering in references to other times and places.

Here, from LINDA JOAN SMITH, is all a gardener needs to know to put the magical finishing touches on that place we call our garden.

Decorative & Working Ornament

From antique sundials and marble statuary to birdhouses, bee skeps, and scarecrows. Reproductions and the real thing. Outdoor materials and how to care for them, including materials that weather all season.

Exterior Design

Creating a sense of time and place-French accents, romantic England, a Renaissance air. Plus the fundamentals of creating movement and direction, drawing the eye, altering perceived space.

Making the Garden Yours

Creating your own ornaments. The artistic, the quirky, the personal. Mementos and memorials. Tweaking tradition.

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The right ornament, placed in the right spot, can transform a garden into a place of mystery, repose, or enchantment. Smith, author of The Potting Shed (Workman, 1996), details the types of ornaments that create movement and direction, draw the eye, establish a sense of space, or welcome wildlife. From a scarecrow in the midst of a vegetable patch, to an elegant urn against a background of yew, to a fanciful cherub spilling water into a bowl, Smith details the history and cultural symbolism of each featured ornament. Complete with instructions on the selection, siting, and care of ornaments ranging from simple wooden birdhouses to antique marble statuary, this profusely illustrated book, complete with source guide, will delight all gardeners.--Nora Harris, Marin Cty. Free Lib., Corte Madera, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761112020
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Series: Smith and Hawken Series
  • Pages: 135
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Linda Joan Smith, a contributing editor for Home Garden and Country Garden magazines, is the author of numerous articles on American gardens and gardeners. She has gardened from Arizona to Massachusetts, and Iowa to Pacific Grove, Calfornia.
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Defining Garden Ornament

Graceful figures sculpted from marble or sumptuous urns carved from sturdy Portland stone have played a vital part in the history of garden ornament and readily spring to mind when the topic of garden ornament arises. But these formal garden works of art are far from ornament's incarnation.

Ornament can be as simple as a terra-cotta pot, velvety with moss or marbled with a crust of salts, or as plain as a ceramic basin filled with water for the birds. A handful of shells, carried home from the beach and scattered in a flower bed, is ornament. So is a Victorian-era gazing globe, an old livestock-watering trough, a bamboo tepee smothered in scarlet runner beans, and a scruffy scarecrow standing guard in the corn patch.

Garden ornament also may find form as a ceramic plaque mounted on a garden wall or fence, as a tiled fountain in a sunny courtyard, as a planter box painted with bold stripes of blue and white, or as a battered wooden wheelbarrow spilling a profusion of plants. You, the gardener, determine what is ornament and what is not; there are no absolutes, no rules that say you must choose the conventional over the quirky, or follow your neighbor's lead. Your garden is your own, and like your home, you may furnish it as you please.

The effective use of garden ornament, however, depends on more than whim and fancy. The same ornament that spoils one garden, dominating it like a bully or jarring it like a wrong note, may be just the spark that sets another garden ablaze. What distinguishes the two objects is their context: how each relates to the world around it.

Excerpted from Garden Ornament (Smith & Hawken). Copyright (c) 1998. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing.

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Table of Contents


Chapter One--The Power of Ornament

Defining Garden Ornament

Ornament's Power to Transform

Chapter Two--Borrowed from the Past

In the Beginning

Art Versus Nature

A Garden Revolution

Back to Basics

Bringing it Home

Grand Impersonators

Chapter Three--A Sense of Place

The Lay of the Land

Country of Origin

Traversing the Gardener's Mind

Chapter Four--Eye Catchers and Space Makers

Creating Movement and Direction

Drawing the Eye

A Sense of Space

Chapter Five--Working Ornament

Welcome Wildlife

Lightening the Load

Chapter Six--Out of Season

Choosing Seasonal Ornament

Autumn

Winter

Spring

In the Night Garden

Chapter Seven--Laying Claim: Making the Garden Yours

Keepers of Memory

Wit and Artistry

Chapter Eight--The Things We Love

Source Guide

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