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Ornament in the Small Garden
     

Ornament in the Small Garden

by Roy Strong
 

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Whether practical or purely decorative, ornament is the most immediate way of bringing distinctive character to a small garden, and the very stylish Roy Strong is the ideal guide to the world of garden ornament. In this inspiring book, he shows how to consider size and scale, materials, shape, color and texture, and, crucially, he offers invaluable advice on placing

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Whether practical or purely decorative, ornament is the most immediate way of bringing distinctive character to a small garden, and the very stylish Roy Strong is the ideal guide to the world of garden ornament. In this inspiring book, he shows how to consider size and scale, materials, shape, color and texture, and, crucially, he offers invaluable advice on placing ornament in the garden to best effect.

Ornament can provide an accent, create a surprise, enhance or disguise an existing feature, alter a perspective, evoke or complement a mood or feeling. It transforms the mundane and ordinary into something different and special, and makes a statement that reflects the gardener's taste and personality. Choosing from the huge range of available ornament, however, or creating your own individual piece, can seem daunting.

Superbly illustrated and including in-depth studies of 12 small gardens where ornament is used with particular success, and often with daring originality, Ornament in the Small Garden breaks free from convention and demonstrates the inspirational decorative possibilities.

Author Biography: Sir Roy Strong is a well known historian and garden writer, lecturer, columnist, critic and regular contributor to both radio and television. He was director of England's National Portrait Gallery from 1967 to 1973 and director of the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1974 to 1987. He is also an enthusiastic gardener who has designed gardens for Elton John and Gianni Versace and contributed designs to the Prince of Wales's garden at Highgrove. His many books include Creating Small Gardens, Creating Small Formal Gardens, The Artist and theGarden, Royal Gardens and Garden Party.

Editorial Reviews

Home Digest
Delightfully whimsical and inspirational ... beautiful photographs that inspire and sometimes intimidate,but always entertain. . .
Style at Home Magazine
A lovely look at dressing up the outdoors ... with ideas ranging from charming to eccentric,there's something for everyone. . .
Annette McLeod
Its elements,from the sublime to the ridiculous,are a lovely jumping off point for using ornamentation in your own garden.
Toronto Sun
Verlyn Klinkenborg
Private gardens at the peak of their beauty...ideas for gardeners of every aspiration.
The New York Times Book Review
Booklist - Alice Joyce
The focus here is on ornamentation, with lavish photographs befitting Strong's intelligent writing on artistic principles; classic and unusual garden elements; and a gathering of individualistic environments ... Imaginations will surely be stirred, and thoughtful musings generated on what constitutes decor in modern-day gardens.
National Gardeners Magazine - Joanne S. Carpender
This book goes way beyond a catalog of the gardening ornaments available in many books.
Toronto Sun - Annette McLeod
Its elements, from the sublime to the ridiculous, are a lovely jumping off point for using ornamentation in your own garden.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Marianne Binetti
The beautiful photos that grace every page of this inspirational book are filled with ideas that can be easily adapted to most home gardens.
Christian Science Monitor - Judy Lowe
Sit back and learn from a true master.
Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal - Linda Turk
Strong's understanding of the balance between exuberance and controlled growth is inspiring.
Small Gardens - Jim Carlson
Sparks the imagination into untraditional ways of creating a highly personal garden.
New York Times Book Review - Verlyn Klinkenborg
Private gardens at the peak of their beauty ... ideas for gardeners of every aspiration.
Canadian Gardening - Liz Primeau
A fresh look at garden ideas that are either inspired by tradition or are off-the-wall contemporary.
Detroit News - Barbara Kopitz
For inspiration and direction, I highly recommend you pick up a wonderful book called "Ornament in the Small Garden" by Roy Strong.
Current Books on Gardening and Botany [Chicago Bot - Barbara Mahany
Creative and often amusing approaches to ornamenting... quite a resource to exercise your imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552975619
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
03/02/2002
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Roy Strong is a well known historian and garden writer, lecturer, columnist, critic and regular contributor to both radio and television. He was director of England's National Portrait Gallery from 1967 to 1973 and director of the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1974 to 1987. He is also an enthusiastic gardener who has designed gardens for Elton John and Gianni Versace and contributed designs to the Prince of Wales's garden at Highgrove. His many books include Creating Small Gardens, Creating Small Formal Gardens, The Artist and the Garden, Royal Gardens and Garden Party.

What the critics said about Garden Party by Roy Strong

"His persona on the page is as large as life. This collection of witty stories about gardens and gardening amounts to the sort of conversation most people would love to join in."
BBC Gardeners'World

"Sir Roy writes with candour in a style that is intimate and accessible, and his ideas are imbued with energy and erudition."
Times Literary Supplement

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