I love this little gem! Listed as a spiral-bound format, I almost passed up an opportunity for Richard Bird’s inspirational and practical gardening ideas due to its format specification. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the hard binding encloses the outside of the spine in such a manner so to look like any conventional book from the outside.
The succinct guide contains 20 first class photographed and illustrated projects. Often garden “project” books suffer an utter lack of grace and refinement to the extent of becoming downright gauche. The ideas herein are delightfully decorative and infinitely tasteful.
As an artist and former art director, I respect the quality of illustration, handy layout design, and talented use of resources.
Mr. Bird offered a practical construction idea for cages that provide protection from birds and squirrels. He has a project for fruit trees in pots. A pear “tunnel” – a pergola, or archway covered with pears as a romantic garden feature.
He offers ideas on a charming bean arbor, decorative beds and borders, ways to use PVC pipe in large planters to disburse irrigation water more efficiently; and he offers plans for a very attractive double-groined arch trellis structure constructed with simple re-bar.
Richard Bird has an innovative “step-over apple hedge” suitable for smaller gardens that is jaw-droppingly elegant. It essentially is an espaliered apple tree with just one horizontal tier that like most of his projects; it is not difficult – but it does require patience, and rewards they that wait.
For $10.00 this is a real jewel of a garden book. I am impressed.