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 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 Design||8|
|Enlarging the Garden through Terracing||10|
|Whimsical Family Garden||12|
|Garden in Three Parts||22|
|I.||English Terraced Garden||22|
|III.||Morning Seating Area||33|
|Terraced Delight in Suburbia||36|
|Garden of Peacefulness||44|
|Enlarging the Garden through Division||52|
|Victorian Garden Rooms||54|
|A Tranquil Elegance||62|
|Friendly Yet Sophisticated Garden||68|
|Bringing Out the Beauty in Narrow Garden Sites||86|
|Cinderella Garden Plot||88|
|Welcoming Entry Garden Court||94|
|Transformed Garden Deck||98|
|Graceful Garden Walk||104|
|Creating the Elements of Mystery and Discovery||110|
|Garden Oasis in an Urban Setting||112|
|Urban Mediterranean Garden||116|
|A Wild, Romantic Tangle||128|
|Directory of Materials||136|
|About the Author/Acknowledgments||144|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Wonderful book, worth every penny
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.