This book certainly deserves its American Horticultural Society Award. The visual and written text coordinates in stunning ways. Darke does an exceptional job in demonstrating, mostly through the pictures of his own garden, how to "capture the spirit of the deciduous forest" as the subtitle claims. He carefully describes and shows the effects of seasons and changes in light in several different types of deciduous forest sites. It is a marvellous educational tool and a delightful winter garden read. Those who are interested in elements of design that are influenced by or will coordinate with Craftsman Design and the Arts & Crafts movement in general, will want to examine the ways Darke has interpreted elements of the Arts & Crafts movement in relationship with naturalistic woodland gardening. Well suited for my own deciduous woodland site in central New York.
If you enjoy the woods, this book is a work of art. Secondly, it's an excellent reference. Finally, the author is local in Eastern Pa. It's one of my favorite books about nature. I am on a wooded lot and this book makes the experience so much more enjoyable.