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.
Garden Structuresby Linda Joan Smith
Bamboo Barriers, a Timbered Lych-Gate, Neat White Pickets and a Pebbled PathWhether simple as a twig teepee for your 'Blue Lake' beans or grand as a gazebo shingled in weathered cedar, a structural element not only serves a practical purpose but also has the power to define a garden's mood, guide its uses, anchor it in time, and deepen its meaning/i>
Bamboo Barriers, a Timbered Lych-Gate, Neat White Pickets and a Pebbled PathWhether simple as a twig teepee for your 'Blue Lake' beans or grand as a gazebo shingled in weathered cedar, a structural element not only serves a practical purpose but also has the power to define a garden's mood, guide its uses, anchor it in time, and deepen its meaning.In this generously illustrated book of ideas and plans is all of the help a gardener needs to transform dirt, plants, and dreams in to a unique outdoor homeFeaturing:The Garden's Boundaries - They protect, they frame, they shelter. A rickrack edging in brick. Moon gates. Matching fence styles to house.The Garden Above - The sky beckons, and we benefit - in roses and berries coaxed forth by the sun, in the dappled shade of an arbor, pergola, or arch.The Garden Underfoot - Clogs crunching on gravel, boot soles on brick pavers. A sinuous path through the shrubberies—then the terrace. The Living Garden - Bending the garden to our own design, creating living architecture. Growing the bones with hedges and espaliers, taking root with potting sheds and greenhouses.
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Autumn is the time when gardens prepare for the hibernating sleep of Winter, a season of quiet and replenishment preparing for the magic of Spring. Even in the climes where snow fails to camouflage the less bountiful gifts, as in West Coast gardens where winter colors abound, winter is the time for the gardener to note and plan. Clipped trees, mulched perennials, skeletal structures of deciduous trees after the fall of colored leaves all open the view of the internal structure of the garden, allowing the viewer to inspect, evaluate, sketch and dream about the beauty of the supporting structures of the garden. In this beautifully illustrated book GARDEN STRUCTURES author Linda Joan Smith focuses our eyes on walls, fences, arbors, archways, rock and stone barriers, pools, and private secluded spots for herbal abundance. These are the aspects that give the significant garden personality - the framework for the various constituents of every living thing in the garden. Though not a book intended to instruct, Smith creates a flow of information and images that inspire, leaving the 'how to' to the ingenuity of the gardener. The gardens in the lushly colorful photographs come from a very wide range of areas and Smith is careful not to exclude even the tender of the smallest plot of land. This is a perfect lap book for the quiet times after the leaves are raked and the chill in the air prevents active work in the garden. It is a pensive source, a place for creativity while the seasons pass. Highly recommended. Grady Harp