Your cart is empty
"In the course of my research," writes D. Fairchild Ruggles, "I devoured Arabic agricultural manuals from the tenth through the fourteenth centuries. I love gardening, and in these texts I was able to enter the minds of agriculturalists and botanists of a thousand years ago who likewise believed it was important and interesting to record all the known ways of propagating olive trees, the various uses of rosemary, and how best to fertilize a garden bed." Western admirers have long seen the Islamic garden as an earthly reflection of the paradise said to await the faithful. However, such simplification, Ruggles contends, denies the sophistication and diversity of the art form. Islamic Gardens and Landscapes immerses the reader in the world of the architects of the great gardens of the Islamic world, from medieval Morocco to contemporary India. Just as Islamic culture is historically dense, sophisticated, and complex, so too is the history of its built landscapes. Islamic gardens began from the practical need to organize the surrounding space of human civilization, tame nature, enhance the earth's yield, and create a legible map on which to distribute natural resources. Ruggles follows the evolution of these early farming efforts to their aristocratic apex in famous formal gardens of the Alhambra in Spain and the Taj Mahal in Agra. Whether in a humble city home or a royal courtyard, the garden has several defining characteristics, which Ruggles discusses. Most notable is an enclosed space divided into four equal parts surrounding a central design element. The traditional Islamic garden is inwardly focused, usually surrounded by buildings or in the form of a courtyard. Water provides a counterpoint to the portioned green sections. Ranging across poetry, court documents, agronomy manuals, and early garden representations, and richly illustrated with pictures and site plans, Islamic Gardens and Landscapes is a book of impressive scope sure to interest scholars and enthusiasts alike.
'Garden designer Ula Maria takes us on a safari through small but perfectly formed oases...to inspire your very own Eden.' - Elle Deco 'Urban garden design has inspired books ever since the Victorians started to green their sprawling new neighbourhoods. But where Maria's Green differs is that it focuses on the possibilities of growing in small spaces rather than the restrictions. The 22 gardens she has brought together (by various designers) erupt with potential...In Green urban gardens, so often prone to a twinge of pity from those who tend larger, more rural spaces, become deeply aspirational.' - Alice Vincent, the Daily Telegraph 'A must for apprehensive city gardeners and for anyone wanting to make the most out of their outdoor space, no matter how small it might be. [...] Flicking through it feels almost as enjoyable and relaxing as sitting in the garden.' - Gardens Illustrated 'The first book from rising star Ula Maria tackles the perennial challenge of how to create a garden in a small space. [...] Whether you dream of a Mediterranean oasis, a rose-filled retreat or a tropical jungle, Green will help you to make the most of your space, proving that small can indeed be beautiful.' - House & Garden 'Spending so much time outdoors in my childhood made me think of a garden as a natural extension of my home - an inseparable part of everyday life. It wasn't until I moved into a rented property in the city that I felt an undeniable urge to make the most of the little exterior space that we had and re-evaluate it. In time, creating outdoor spaces that people truly care for, no matter how small or large, became much more rewarding than perfecting any indoor space. Many say that a home is a true reflection of self, but I believe it is the garden, where personalities and relationships with our surroundings truly blossom.' - Ula Maria In Green, Ula Maria takes a completely fresh look at creating a garden in whatever outdoor space is available - be it a roof terrace, balcony, small back yard or patio. Perfect for first-time gardeners, the book approaches creating a garden as if decorating a room - exploring how to work with scale, colour and texture, to choosing the plants that will thrive in an urban space. At the heart of the book are 22 genuinely small and innovative gardens with a dazzling range of ideas to copy - from a small backyard garden using reclaimed timber, evergreens and grasses to a rental rooftop terrace in the heart of the city where a cottage-style garden has been created in simple containers. Using low-maintenance plants and affordable furniture, lighting and containers, Green offers simple solutions that don't involve major structural work but will quickly result in a stylish and hugely rewarding urban sanctuary. The book was shot by award-winning photographer, Jason Ingram.
Richard Wilford is an experienced horticulturalist who serves on the RHS Bulb Committee. He brings his experience and enthusiasm to bear on the challenges of choosing the right tulips for each garden situation, providing cultivation tips, design advice and mouthwatering photographs to inspire keen gardeners everywhere. The book also includes a useful resource section on where to see and buy the best tulips.
The element of stone in a garden has two important qualities: function and beauty. It also conveys a sense of permanence and place. Since ancient times, stone has been revered for bringing a special "feel" to a garden. In The Spirit of Stone, award-winning designer Jan Johnsen presents a richly photographed, authoritative guide to creative and practical uses for stone in the landscape: steps, paths, garden walls, dry streams, benches, rock gardens, driveways and more. Stone's practicality is especially appreciated by homeowners concerned with low maintenance, sustainability and water conservation - with the side benefit of enhancing property value. The Spirit of Stone is an essential idea book and how-to for designers, stonemasons, builders, homeowners and DIYers.
Underestimated for too long as just a shrub for cottage gardens, the hydrangea is experiencing a renaissance in floral design. Lavish and luscious, the often-giant blooms are the epitome of chic. The next title in Pavilion's series of beautiful floral gardening guides celebrates the ornamental charm and butterfly-like petals of the hydrangea. This title celebrates the history and main varieties of the hydrangea, from its origins in China, Japan and Korea, to how they have taken over most gardens in the world. To this day, pink hydrangeas are popular in Asia, as they are given as love tokens, and most recently, a hydrangea hybrid won Plant of the Year at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Pavilion's guide to the most beautiful varieties reveals their fascinating assets together with practical cultivation tips for any garden or container. Including delicate blooms such as the raspberry ripple Miss Soari and the beautiful Annabelle, to the full-on and fabulous Glam Rock and the weirdly wonderful Limelight. With engaging commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow advice and glorious photography, this book will appeal to everybody who is after the best bloom for weddings, gardens of any size, or looking for the most bountiful cut flowers.
Humphry Repton (1752-1818) ambitiously styled himself Capability Brown's successor: the century's next great improver of landed property. With his rare combination of skills - he was a talented topographical sketcher with a unique ability to judge the shifting needs of his patrons - over thirty years Repton amassed an incredible four hundred commissions; his famous Red Books, illustrated to help clients visualise the potential of their properties, did much to encourage the appreciation of landscape aesthetics, especially among the rising middle classes. With colourful illustrations and detailed site investigations, this book traces Repton's landscape designs from Picturesque wildernesses like Blaise Castle to the progressive Gardenesque style of Endsleigh in Devon. It is both a perfect visitor's guide to the gardens and an introduction to the theory of Repton's work.
Make, build, paint, glue, shape and craft your way to a gorgeous and unique garden with Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell's amazing book, The Decorated Garden. The Decorated Garden contains 25 easy-to-make projects that will not only inspire your creativity but encourage you to spend more time in the garden all year round. Deborah explains how to make all sorts of delightful projects, large and small. She will teach you how to make grand items, such as a stunning Pebble Mosaic, a lovely Sweetpea Wigwam, a Driftwood Bench. She will also demonstrate how to make smaller accessories, such as decorative Alphabet Pebbles, Wire Pot Holders, a Fern Stencilled Tray Table and more. With The Decorated Garden you will become an expert in all sorts of skills: woodworking, weaving, carving, shaping, painting, stencilling, building and crafting - the list is endless. You will even learn how to use a variety of materials, from ceramics and stone, to wood and wire. Whether you're looking to furnish your own garden with these items, or to give them as gifts, there'll be a project here to suit every crafter, garden and season. Fully illustrated with clear step-by-step photography, The Decorated Garden will have you outside and making all sorts of beautiful things in no time.
When it comes to gardens, bigger isn't always better. A larger space requires more plants, more furniture, more maintenance, and more time. A smallerspace takes less time to design, install, and care for and makes it easierfor gardeners to take advantage of every square foot of space. The Less Is More Garden shows you how to take advantage of a small yard. Designer Susan Morrison offers dozens of savvy tips on how to personalize a space to match a specific lifestyle, draws on her years of experience to recommend smart plants that will provide seasonal interest, and suggests hardscape materials that match many different aesthetics. Throughout, tips are supplemented by inspiring photographs that show a variety of successful designs from around the country. Use the tips found in The Less Is More Garden to turn your standard lot into a unique space that is lovely, family friendly, and low maintenance.
Edible Gardens LA founder Lauri Kranz shares her secrets for planning, planting, growing, and maintaining luscious edible gardens, no matter the setting or size of the plot. Through gorgeous gardens created for her well-known clientele, including James Beard award-winning chefs, celebrities, rock stars, and more, Lauri shares her essential methods for growing abundant organic food. This practical guide is built around Lauri's philosophy that nourishment and beauty are not separate goals. It's also at the forefront of a gardening revolution, where more and more people are craving a patch of land for growing and the trend is toward edible gardens over ornamental gardens. A Garden Can Be Anywhere reveals Lauri's knack for providing both beauty and bounty in her clients' outdoor spaces.
Hailed as `the man who made the modern garden', John Brookes transformed twentieth-century garden design, not only in his native Britain but throughout the world. In his first - groundbreaking - book, Room Outside, in 1969, he wrote `A garden is essentially a place for use by people . . . not a static picture created by plants . . . plants provide the props, the colour and texture, but the garden is the stage and its design should be determined by the uses it is intended to fulfil.' For nearly fifty years he has designed gardens, and taught garden design - in the United States, Canada and South America, in Russian and Japan, in Iran and all over Europe - and he continues to emphasize `the importance of reconciling nature and the character of a landscape with the needs and visions of the people living in it'. Now, in A Landscape Legacy, John Brookes tells the story of his life and work and reflects on how his thinking about design has developed. `John Brookes's work has helped gardeners worldwide move beyond the tradition of pure horticulture towards a recognition of space, mass, volume and texture as crucial elements in design; towards functional considerations - how people live in gardens, even small ones created with modest means; and an emphasis on setting and spirit of place, making gardens more than mere fashionable and interchangeable decors. By treating garden design as an art form, yet recognizing its raw materials as living, evolving and infinitely diverse, he bridges the opposition of art and nature, conceptual and environmental design.' Louisa Jones, garden writer, Provence
Written by the retired national Trust's Head of Gardens The story is told through the authors work on 50 of the best know National Trust gardens The author holds the highest honour awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society - the Victoria Medal and is the Vice president of the RHS
Planning the perfect courtyard with ideas, plantings, case studies and inspirational real-life examples - choose from your favorite style whether it be Mediterranean, productive, contemplative or modern.
Piet Oudolf, one of world's most visionary and influential landscape gardeners, is at the forefront of the New Perennial planting movement. This glorious full-colour volume features twenty-three of Oudolf's most beautiful public and private gardens. Noel Kingsbury's accessible text places Oudolf's work in context, and explains how each garden and the plants selected for it fit the specific environment, while Oudolf's detailed plans provide inspiration and insight for all those interested in small personal gardens and the design of large-scale public landscapes alike.
Succulents offer dazzling possibilities, requiring only minimal maintenance and very little water to remain lush and alluring year-round. And no one knows them better than the Queen of Succulents, Debra Lee Baldwin. This new, completely revised second edition of her bestselling classic is a design compendium that is as practical as it is inspirational. Designing with Succulents shares design and cultivation basics; hundreds of succulent plant recommendations; and profiles of 50 easy-care, drought-tolerant companion plants. Featured gardens from designers and creative homeowners show the stunning potential of these otherworldly plants. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 400 photographs, you will find everything you need to visualize, create, and nurture a thriving, water-smart succulent garden.
Discover the secrets to creating your perfect garden with this superbly illustrated guide to designing and building walks, patios & walls. "Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls" provides readers with all the information and know-how they need to add that personal touch to their garden with walkways, patios, and walls. Included are: ideas for brick, mortar, and concrete walks and patios; flagstone and tile patios; and, brick and mortared stone walls. Lavish full-colour photographs provide design inspiration, while the extensive how-to section provides easy-to-follow information and advice on every aspect of the project - from picking the right tools to adding finishing touches. This volume includes: more than 450 full-color photos & illustrations; easy-to-follow instructions for popular projects; advice on how to adapt projects to your home; and, much, much more.
"Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies" provides hands-on, how-to instruction for realizing the benefits of a sustainable landscape from selecting sustainable hardscape materials to installing a rainwater catchment system to choosing native plants.
The perfect companion to Merrell's bestselling Dream Homes and More Dream Homes, Dream Gardens is a stylish sourcebook of 100 modern and contemporary gardens from around the world. Now available in paperback for the first time, this critically acclaimed volume presents an array of wonderful locations and garden-design ideas, from small, sophisticated, minimalist city gardens to large, richly planted gardens in breathtaking rural locations. Each garden is beautifully photographed to show all its key features and essential details, while concise descriptions explore the aims and achievements of some of today's most influential garden designers. With full captions identifying the plants depicted, Dream Gardens is a valuable source of information and inspiration.
In her latest book, accomplished garden writer Judith Adam targets new homeowners in the brand new, still-to-be landscaped suburbs. Creating an attractive setting for a brand-new house is a high priority and hard to resist, as all improvements will add to the property's resale value as well as the enjoyment of the new home. With a light hand Judith Adam outlines the basic steps toward transforming an empty yard into a welcoming, appealing space, beginning with identifying a personal garden style and assessing the pros and cons of a site, then choosing, planting and maintaining plants. Your First Garden is a primer on the basic elements of landscape design and garden creation: planning for scale and balance, colour selection, and architectural features are all landscape elements that homeowners must understand. With a plan in hand the owner can then visit a garden centre using the expert advice on how to evaluate healthy plants. To help with plant selection there is a valuable annotated lists of annuals, perennials and shrubs for building a garden that blooms all season. Chapters include information on: * How property improvements build value into your new purchase; * Tips on budgeting garden improvements over several seasons; * Scale and balance in the garden; * Planting style and succession planting; * A landscaping plan checklist; * Evaluating soil with a tip sheet explaining soil chemistry and pH; * The science and art of fertilization, including organic humus; * The 10 critical gardening tools; * How to create garden beds from nothing; * Calculating soil and mulch quantities; * Planting suggestions for foundation, perennial and shrub beds; * Getting the best performance out of your plants with the least amount of work; * Best practices for planting perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees; * Tips on pruning and weeding. Your First Garden is an essential reference, a highly readable road map for new homeowners and neophyte gardeners. Praise for the author's Landscape Planning: Practical Techniques for the Home Gardener: 'The book certainly lives up to its title: the author gives very wise advice on an impressive variety of garden topics that are rarely considered in such manuals. Handsomely illustrated, it is highly recommended as one of the most comprehensive, up-to-date works on general gardening' - Botanic Garden. 'This book is worth its weight in gold' The Globe and Mail.
Churchill was born amidst the splendour of Blenheim Palace but, ever a restless spirit, he owned, rented and was provided with many houses, both grand and relatively modest, over the course of his long life, including country retreats, town apartments and, as a statesman, Admiralty House, 10 and 11 Downing Street and Chequers. But it was his own house at Chartwell that will be for ever associated with his name. From Blenheim to Chartwell charts the life of Winston Churchill through the houses he lived in and the gardens he made. It culminates with the full story of his purchase, alteration and creation of Chartwell, Kent, his home for more than forty years before and after the war, and which is now, in keeping with his intentions, owned and run by the National Trust. Gardening expert and author Stefan Buczacki has researched Winston Churchill's homes and gardens, discovering a side to the great leader that is largely unknown - that of a man steeped in Victorian values who cared deeply for his personal staff and behaved with the utmost integrity and honesty in all his business dealings. Based on extensive and scholarly archive study, this well illustrated book brings to light an array of previously unpublished details and reveals a fascinating side to Britain's greatest war leader. Also by Stefan Buczacki and Unicorn: Earth to Earth: A Natural History of Churchyards 987-1-910787-74-8.
This groundbreaking guide presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture - designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, two leading voices in ecological landscape design, reveal how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, Planting in a Post-Wild World is an optimistic manifesto pointing the way to the future of planting design.
Fairy gardens are enjoying an astonishing surge in popularity and
now you can begin making your own enchanting miniature landscapes,
complete with pint-sized accessories, diminutive plants, and quaint
fairy figures. Gardeners Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner
provide you with step-by-step instructions for creating a magical
garden that will attract Thumbelina herself
You may like...
Jane's Delicious A-Z Of Vegetables - A…
Jane Griffiths Paperback
Dean Cardasis Paperback
Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and…
Baker H. Morrow Paperback
Designing Gardens With Flora of the…
Kenneth I. Helphand Paperback
Kreatiewe Kombinasies In Eietydse Tuine
Louise van Rooyen, Suzette Stephenson Paperback
Kirstenbosch - The Most Beautiful Garden…
Brian J. Huntley Hardcover
Graham Pearson, Anna Pavord Paperback
Mosaiek vir Jou Tuin - 25 Stap vir Stap…
Becky Paton Paperback
Afton Villa - The Birth and Rebirth of a…
Genevieve Munson Trimble Hardcover