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Lots of people want gardens but find the prospect of getting started a bit daunting. P. Allen Smith's Garden Home is P. Allen Smith's inviting solution.
Smith begins with his own story: his family's love of gardens and experience in the nursery business, his own education at the great gardens of England, and his discovery that we all have, as he says, "a longing for our agrarian past." After walking us through his own "garden home" and explaining why he made the choices he did, Allen introduces his 12 principles of garden design, discussing such topics as a sense of enclosure, framing the view, texture, pattern, rhythm, and, of course, color. Then, with step-by-step projects, he shows readers how to apply the principles in their own garden homes.
For the millions of people who know Smith through his syndicated television show, Weather Channel segments, and appearances on The Early Show, this book is the irresistible invitation to follow him into the garden.
this is a book that sticks to ya. i had carried the memory of his designs house plans etc for 10 years till i was able to get my own copy. i appreciate the way smith has created vast vistas and endless winding paths with the fountains of versaille and the incredible world of a parterre garden all on a double city lot.i bang the biggest gong for his success at creating and conveying and helping the novice through to an advanced landscape architect with nearly perfect easy to copy ideas for any garden. the only thing missing is him himself doing the digging for some of us oldsters.
This is a wonderful book that makes a great reference when creating a new garden. Smith explains how to create "garden rooms" that gives the gardener a great ideas and ways to have many different gardens in one yard. I loved the photos and the fact that the writer uses so many roses in his creations.
Motivating and Inspiring. I have not had much interest in landscape design, until I read this book. It is very descriptive in how to create one's own garden room for each area of one's yard. A garden room yard extends each room of one's house, by giving life and vitality outside each window. There are plenty of tips on how to cover unsightly views, how to create a warmer or cooler area of one's yard, how to plant for the formal or informal yard. And the list goes on. I highly recommend it. I can't wait to start creating my garden rooms!