Sean Conway's Cultivating Life: 125 Projects for Backyard Living

Overview

The idea book to outdoor living, by the imaginative team behind the popular television series Cultivating Life.

The backyard is being transformed from an underused patch of grass into the new great room, an extension of Americans' living space. For many months of the year, it can serve as kitchen, family room, and a place to entertain friends and neighbors. Based on ideas from their television series Cultivating Life, Sean Conway and Lee Buttala show how to make outdoor living ...

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Overview

The idea book to outdoor living, by the imaginative team behind the popular television series Cultivating Life.

The backyard is being transformed from an underused patch of grass into the new great room, an extension of Americans' living space. For many months of the year, it can serve as kitchen, family room, and a place to entertain friends and neighbors. Based on ideas from their television series Cultivating Life, Sean Conway and Lee Buttala show how to make outdoor living easier, with simple crafts such as making sun-print tablecloths, time-honored gardening techniques, and stylish ideas for patios and borders.

The versatile projects in this book will enhance any outdoor space. An easy-to-build portable salad table is ideal for growing your favorite greens just outside the back door. A simple and inexpensive water garden adds a touch of elegance to any patio or terrace. And, with clear step-by-step instructions, woodworking projects—such as a bird feeder, a bamboo trellis, or a porch swing—can be tackled in a weekend.

Generously illustrated with beautiful photographs, fun sidebars, and expert tips, Sean Conway's Cultivating Life will inspire readers to make their backyards refuges for enjoying life to the fullest and to make reconnecting to the land as easy as stepping out the back door.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Conway, host of the WGN TV show Cultivating Life, and director Buttala here assemble a hodgepodge of projects. Oddly arranged, they run from simple craft to more detailed woodworking but completely lack illustrations. It is hard to peg this book—heavy on philosophy, low on how-to. Perhaps it would work better as a TV show.


—Karen Ellis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579653828
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Alan Buttala and Sean Conway are the executive producers of the PBS series Cultivating Life. Lee, who directs the show, has written about gardening and design in The New York Times, New York, and other major periodicals.

Sean Conway and Lee Alan Buttala are the executive producers of the PBS series Cultivating Life. Sean, the on-air host of the show, has his own line of outdoor living products at Target; he lives in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

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