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Royal Horticultural Society Small Garden Handbook: Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space
     

Royal Horticultural Society Small Garden Handbook: Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space

by Andrew Wilson, Steven Wooster (Photographer)
 

A comprehensive guide to planning, planting and maintaining a small garden.

This in-depth reference packs a lot of information and expert advice into one easy-to-use resource. It is designed to help home gardeners discover the potential in a small piece of land and guide them step-by-step through the process of transforming it into a garden with

Overview

A comprehensive guide to planning, planting and maintaining a small garden.

This in-depth reference packs a lot of information and expert advice into one easy-to-use resource. It is designed to help home gardeners discover the potential in a small piece of land and guide them step-by-step through the process of transforming it into a garden with oversized impact.

The book works forward from planning a garden and making difficult design choices, to installation and maintenance. Each chapter instructs on numerous related topics (such as the examples below) and presents an illustrative case study:

  • Basics - 15 ways to reveal your plot's potential, understanding soil, evaluating hardscaping, making a plan
  • Design - 15 ways to make instant impact, principles of design
  • Styles - 15 ways to find your style, Style Portfolio
  • Materials - 15 ways to exploit materials, simple rules of laying paving, changes of level
  • Boundaries - 15 ways to buff up your boundaries, materials, plants
  • Structures - 15 ways to use garden structures, storage, hideaways, green roofs, raised beds, an outdoor office
  • Water - 15 ways to enjoy water, planning a pond, mirror-like water, dynamic water, plants, fish
  • Planting - 15 ways to improve a planting design, habitats, styles, long-term and short-term, design statements
  • Upkeep - 15 ways to simplify the garden, seasonal and monthly housekeeping tasks.

The book also features an inspirational portfolio of small gardens and provides all the information needed to install these designs. For example, the handy "7 steps to create..." lists cover Japanese, Mediterranean,
Exotic, Ecological, Cottage-garden, Arts and Crafts, Modernist, Conceptualist and Urban gardens.

Small Garden Handbook is ideal for the home gardener. Each of the gardens featured in the book's 300 photographs provides exceptional inspiration for gardeners at all levels of expertise.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With magnificent color pictures on every page and an easy-to-read format, this book is a valuable and inspiring resource for both advanced and beginner gardeners. Wilson offers case studies for each of his chapters, discussing garden design, styles, materials, boundaries, structures, water, planting and upkeep. The advice, offered in concise paragraphs with lots of lists and bullet points, is easy to comprehend and follow. Each chapter includes a list of 15 well-articulated ideas that readers can implement at home. In advising how to select colors for the garden, for example, Wilson cautions readers to take a broad overview into account, considering not only flowers but foliage, backdrops and paving. In his chapter on upkeep, he splits tasks by season, creating a useful to-do list. While many gardening books assume readers are already experienced gardeners, this one starts at the beginning, gently guiding readers through the joys of planning, designing, planting and maintaining their small spaces. Between useful, practical and easily implementable ideas and the attractive images of gardens that work well, Wilson offers a fantastic handbook to anyone with an interest in gardening – green thumb or no. (Feb.) North American distribution: Firefly Books
Texas Gardener's Seeds
Andrew Wilson's Small Garden Handbook will come in handy... Especially helpful is its 15 ways series, including how to reveal a plot's potential, how to spruce up boundaries, how to use garden structure, and how to simplify gardening.
Library Journal
Think you can't have a garden without a big yard? Author and garden designer Wilson (The Book of Plans for Small Gardens) poses some possibilities for small-space gardens. This British import is bursting with beautiful photography and lots of inspiring eye candy. However, as the title suggests, the material is aimed at an English or European audience. Though measurements have been converted, some terms and references have not been. Design elements are well detailed, with case studies to illustrate successful application. Wilson's advice is similarly excellent—even if we can't all go to the Chelsea Flower Show as the author recommends. This book covers how to evaluate space and soil and gives examples of various designs, materials, structures, and plants. For better coverage of a specific geographic area, stick with regional gardening guides, such as Sunset magazine's The New Western Garden Book. For more on small-space gardening, see Dave Egbert and Emily Young's Big Ideas for Small Gardens. VERDICT While some American garden and landscaping books tend toward the cookie-cutter, the designs shown here represent a wide variety of styles and plants. This excellent title is recommended for gardeners seeking more stylistic options.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770851924
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
706,315
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Wilson is an award-winning garden designer of contemporary gardens worldwide. His books include Book of Plans for Small Gardens, and he is the founding editor of The Garden Design Journal.

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK's leading gardening organization, dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.

Steven Wooster is a well-known photographer and artist who specializes in garden photography. He has contributed to dozens of books and publications over a long career.

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