Stonescaping: A Guide to Using Stone in Your Garden / Edition 1

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Whether used as a natural ornamental feature, or cut and dressed to make walls, paving, and terraces, stone acts as the "bones" of a garden, giving it an atmosphere of permanence and time-worn distinction.

Stonescaping shows readers how to apply Asian, European, and contemporary design approaches at home, using stone features to solve common site problems and beautify their gardens. Chapters on building walls, paths, terraces, stone-rimmed ponds, rockeries, and troughs provide step-by-step instructions for creating these and other design features using basic hand tools.

In addition to its practical and detailed directions for selecting, finding, and working with stone, Stonescaping explains how to incorporate the beauty and strength of stone into a number of traditional and modern garden styles, including:

• An Herb Garden

• A Cottage Garden

• A Large Formal Garden

• A Romantic Garden

• A Wildlife-Attracting Garden

• Low-Maintenance Gardens

• Xeriscape Gardens

• Small Urban Spaces

• A Garden Renovation

Many of these plans also feature "pocket garden" variations, designed especially for the home gardener who wants to make a big impact in a limited amount of space.

From China, where stones were called "the roots of heaven, " to Japan and western Europe, Whitner covers the history and the basics of selecting and working with stones, and shows how to create beautiful and lasting effects through their use in pools, terraces, paths, and steps. Photographs in color and black-and-white.

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Editorial Reviews

Descriptions of the Western and Asian traditions are embellished by fine color plates. The last half covers building. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882667553
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Kowalczewski Whitner is a professional writer and garden designer. She has always been intrigued with the contrast of the garden's "living" elements, such as plants, water, sunlight, shadows and the use and placement of stone, which is effectively portrayed in her book, Stonescaping. She is a garden book review writer and the author of many gardening articles for publications including Fine Gardening, Pacific, and Garden Design. Jan lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Steve, and her son, Rob.
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Table of Contents



Part I: The Asian Tradition

1. Chinese Gardens: The Roots of Heaven

2. Japanese Gardens: Across the Eastern Sea

Part II: The Western Tradition

3. European Gardens: From Paradise to Eden

4. Using Stone in Today's Gardens

Part III: Working with Stone

5. On Stones and Sites

6. Paths and Steps

7. Walls and Terraces

8. Stone Water Features

9. Rock Gardens

10. Handmade Stone: Using Hypertufa in the Garden




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