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Bamboo Barriers, a Timbered Lych-Gate, Neat White Pickets and a Pebbled Path

Whether 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 home

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761114062
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Series: Smith and Hawken Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.89 (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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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Power of Garden Structure 1
Part I The Garden's Boundaries
Chapter 1 Gates and Doorways: On the Threshold 9
Chapter 2 Fences: The Garden's Guardians 31
Chapter 3 Walls: Shaping a Sanctuary 59
Chapter 4 Edgings: Setting Limits 87
Part II The Garden Above
Chapter 5 Trellises: Climbing Lessons 101
Chapter 6 Arbors, Pergolas, and Arches: Seeking Shelter 123
Part III The Garden Underfoot
Chapter 7 Paths and Walkways: Guides to the Garden 147
Chapter 8 Patios, Decks, and Terraces: The Middle Ground 177
Part IV The Living Garden
Chapter 9 Hedges and Espalier: Growing the Bones 201
Chapter 10 Potting Sheds and Greenhouses: New Beginnings 223
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    Posted October 23, 2005

    The Quiet Guardians of a Garden's Space

    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

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