Small Spaces, Beautiful Gardens

Small Spaces, Beautiful Gardens

by Keith Davitt


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Why are really attractive small gardens so rare? Most home owners don't realize how much is possible in a small space. If you want a garden but do not think you have enough outdoor space to make a beautiful garden, then this is the book for you. Small Spaces, Beautiful Gardens provides the tools and information you need to determine which small garden style is right for you and how to achieve the look you want within your limited space. Each of the eighteen featured garden projects illustrates the underlying principles of small space garden design through illustrations, photographs, and plans.

Small Spaces Beautiful Gardens brings the hands-on know-how of a twenty-year landscape designer, Keith Davitt, home to you. Each chapter of this beautifully illustrated book explains the design principles behind making beautiful, livable gardens for small yards and city lots by using imaginative design to create the illusion of space. Each chapter is a hardworking profile of a small garden, packed with tips and tricks on how to visually grow your garden space. Before and after illustrations make this book a step-by-step guide to building your own small garden -- no matter what your style.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564969736
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2003
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Keith Davitt has been designing, building, photographing, and writing about gardens for 20 years. His gardens and articles have appeared in numerous magazines, and he is the author of Small Spaces, Beautiful Gardens. He lives in Cambridge, New York.

Table of Contents

Finding the Design8
Enlarging the Garden through Terracing10
Whimsical Family Garden12
Garden in Three Parts22
I.English Terraced Garden22
II.Courtyard Garden30
III.Morning Seating Area33
Terraced Delight in Suburbia36
Garden of Peacefulness44
Enlarging the Garden through Division52
Victorian Garden Rooms54
A Tranquil Elegance62
Friendly Yet Sophisticated Garden68
Lyrical Garden76
Bringing Out the Beauty in Narrow Garden Sites86
Cinderella Garden Plot88
Welcoming Entry Garden Court94
Transformed Garden Deck98
Graceful Garden Walk104
Creating the Elements of Mystery and Discovery110
Garden Oasis in an Urban Setting112
Urban Mediterranean Garden116
Rustic Surprise122
A Wild, Romantic Tangle128
Directory of Materials136
About the Author/Acknowledgments144

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Small Spaces Beautiful Gardens 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ruric on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well presented giving a number of design solutions for challenging (dark, narrow, thin,) urban spaces.Each plan presented in the same format - dimensions and problems stated first followed by key design techniques, aeiral photos and illustrations of the solutions and final design and lessons learned.Good detail though sometimes lacking full planting plans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, worth every penny
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Davitt has a wonderful vision of how dramatic a small space can be. The book is laid out beautifully. I loved the 'before' pictures, his design drawings and the terrific photos of the finished space. He truly knows how to create beautiful, lush, inviting gardens. I found this book to be absolutely delightful and incredibly informative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've had the pleasure of seing first-hand some of Mr. Davitt's Garden/Landscapes and they were indeed memorable experiences as they were truely works of art. I've never seen garden's so beautiful. Unlike the stuffy and rigid gardens we are all so used to seeing, his actually seem to improve upon nature by expressing the best of Nature's harmony. So when I saw his book (Small Spaces Beautiful Gardens), without a second thought I picked up a copy for myself. Wow! What an experience! His book is so insightful. Simply put, He succeeds admirably in conveying his understanding of technique and vision, honestly and simply. I wish more Landscape/Garden designers, whether professional or beginners would take Mr. Davitt's genius to heart. I think then we would have a quantum-leap in the industry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
with space at such a premium, this book shows you how to make the most of what you have. we loved the book so much we hired the writer to design and build our garden. this book is a must if you want to add value to your property and beauty to your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Small Spaces Beautiful Gardens is a must read for anyone planning an urban garden. Davitt's well illustrated book shows how his creativity can transform non-descript urban backyards into spectacular enjoyable spaces. Using an ample series of photographs and sketches, the author depicts the construction, from design theme through decorative detail and planting materials. Whether your notion calls for pre-dinner cocktails or solitary serenity, you'll find plenty of ideas in this splendid garden guide.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a designer of gardens I found Small Spaces to be invaluable in designing and understand the principles of design for small spaces. Before, in-progress and beautiful after images of very umpromising sites turned into truly beautiful, really inviting gardens are truly an inspiration. This book has become my friend in my work and I highly recommend it.