Modern Family Gardens / Edition 1

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Inspiring. Beautiful. Practical.

In the last decade or so, the modern family house has undergone a design revolution as modern décor and furniture have become the standard and living spaces have opened up for family interaction. In this book, Caroline Tilston takes us out the back door and continues this process into the garden. She showcases 29 stylish gardens that have been designed with both children and adults in mind. The gardens draw on an enormous range of ideas and inspirations and all are thoroughly modern in the way that they create spaces conducive to family life, whether relaxing from everyday stress or entertaining children.

An engaging sourcebook for any gardener or would-be gardener, Modern Family Gardens is full of design and planting ideas from the most innovative garden designers working today. Ranging from tiny urban yards to large country gardens, the featured case studies demonstrate that gardens can be beautiful and inventive at any scale. The book includes stunning photography showing both the overall gardens and the design details. Each garden features an insider's guide that includes tips on how to re-create the look and an easy to read, bullet point 'how-to' feature relating to the garden. There are also useful addresses for sourcing the features, furniture and materials, as well as contacts for the garden designers whose work is shown and a plant directory for the plants included in the designs.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Juliette Wade's photography brings Tilston's fabulous ideas on modern family gardens to vivid life." (Junior, April 2006)

"...beautifully photographed and complete with suppliers, resources and a plant directory too..." (UK Book Review, May 2006)??

"(packed full of good ideas for), entertaining and relaxation for parents and kids alike..." (Norfolk Journal, June 2006)

"...a breath of fresh air with lots of helpful tips for the modern family..." (Cambridge Evening News, June 2006)

"...well written..refreshing..." (Garden Design, June 2006)

"Focuses on modern spaces that consider the needs of both adults and children." (Gardens Illustrated , August 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470017432
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Exterior Angles Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Tilston is a writer and garden designer. After taking a degree at Oxford, she worked for over a decade in television journalism. She later trained to be a gardener with the National Trust and now writes for newspapers and magazines as well as running a successful, award-winning garden design studio. She has two children, aged two and five.

Juliette Wade has been taking inspirational photographs of gardens for over a decade. She has worked for the magazines Gardens Illustrated, Garden Inspirations, Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Country Homes and Interiors and Practical Gardening. Other book projects include: Bunny Guinness’s Family Gardens, DK’s RHS Encyclopedia and DIY Garden Surfaces and DIY Water Features.

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Table of Contents


Extra Small.


01 Minimalist - Chelsea, London.

02 City Jungle - Earls Court, London.

03 Oriental - Islington, London.

04 45-Degree – Middlesex.

05 Green and White - Bow, London.



01 Wisteria and Glass - Fulham, London.

02 Exotic Heat Island - Highbury, London.

03 Sophisticated Rooms - Clapham, London.

04 Height and Depth - Kensington, London.

05 Mediterranean Modern - Islington, London.



01 Water, Light and Walls - Barnes, London.

02 Meadow on a Roof - Canning Town, London.

03 Offbeat - Surrey.

04 Stainless Steel and Stone - Northamptonshire.

05 Rendered Walls - Crouch End, London.



01 Country Swirls – Essex.

02 Grass Sculpture – Yorkshire.

03 Concrete Terrace – Surrey.

04 Linking Rooms – Surrey.

05 City Secrets - Mile End, London.

Extra Large.


01 Ecological – Kent.

02 Country Estate – Devon.

03 Mature and Mellow – Gloucestershire.

04 Drama and Hedges – Norfolk.

05 Seating and Water – Herefordshire.

Public Spaces.


01 Gardens of the Imagination - Dordogne, France.

02 The Cass Sculpture Foundation - West Sussex.

03 Pensthorpe – Norfolk.

04 Sensory Garden – County Durham.

Selected Plants.


Further Reading.

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