Garden Stone: Creative Ideas, Practical Projects and Inspiration for Purely Decorative Uses

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The Garden Writers Association of America awarded Garden Stone a Garden Globe Award of Achievement for Writing. The Washington Post wrote, "Garden Stone is one of the best idea books on using stones in the landscape that I have seen." And Country Living Gardener said, "While the book is visually stunning . . . diagrams and step-by-step instructions show how gardeners can make their dreams come true."

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Overview


The Garden Writers Association of America awarded Garden Stone a Garden Globe Award of Achievement for Writing. The Washington Post wrote, "Garden Stone is one of the best idea books on using stones in the landscape that I have seen." And Country Living Gardener said, "While the book is visually stunning . . . diagrams and step-by-step instructions show how gardeners can make their dreams come true."

Garden Stone shows you how to add stone to bring texture, color, serenity, and strength to your garden. Author Barbara Pleasant offers more than 40 enchanting designs--from something as simple as a flagstone path to an elaborate Zen-inspired meditation garden. Each project is packed with practical, down-to-earth installation advice, including clear line drawings and instructional diagrams. A comprehensive resource list helps you easily find the tools and materials you need.

Pleasant helps gardeners decide which type of stone is best for which kind of design. Limestone, for example, is ideal for stacking to make rock walls. Sandstone is easy to cut for steps and adds warm shades of red, yellow, or chocolate brown to the landscape. Blocks of granite can be used as sturdy paving stones.

Pleasant also shows you how to create stone water features, such as fountains and natural-looking ponds and streams. And she provides hundreds of suggestions for plants whose color, texture, and shape will enhance your stone projects.

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“one of the best idea books on using stones in the landscape that I have scene.” — The Washington Post

“Good ideas are quarried in Garden Stone. . . . Excellent photographs make it clear why stone is such a treasure.” — Columbus Dispatch

“This well-illustrated book covers paths and walkways, walls, water gardens, wisdom, and whimsy.” — The Gardener’s Companion of The Old Farmer’s Almanac

“ … a must-read for anyone wanting to add stone to the garden, whether it’s a do-it-yourself project or work-for-hire job.” — Detroit News & Free Press

“the basics of stone masonry are well diagrammed.” — Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“well written and beautifully illustrated throughout.” — Library Journal

“provides all the practical information, instructional drawings and illustrations needed.” — Country Decorating Ideas

“This guide can inspire gardeners to employ the interactions of stone, plants, soil, water and light in creating a place of enduring beauty.” —Indianapolis Star

“Pleasant's excellent book covers everything that's necessary to add stone to your garden...” —Buffalo News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175449
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Pleasant has written five books for Storey, including the Garden Writer's Association 2003 Garden Globe Award of Achievement winner, Garden Stone. She lives in Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Using Stone in the Garden 8
Chapter 1 Garden Visions in Stone 14
Chapter 2 Pathways with Purpose 44
Chapter 3 Making Assets of Hills and Dips 78
Chapter 4 The Romance of Stone Walls 100
Chapter 5 Rock Gardening with Stone 132
Chapter 6 Stone, Water & Gardens 160
Chapter 7 Garden Ornaments 190
Chapter 8 Working with Stone 212
Resources 230
USDA Zone Map 232
Index 234
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