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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580933300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580933308
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A well-crafted and finely detailed book that inspires AND tantalizes. The gardens, which are from all parts of the United States, are presented as exquisite extensions of the homes. Ideas abound which work for large and small properties alike. The 'why's' and the 'how's' about the designs are explained in practical terms and made digestible." —Phillip Watson

"McDonald, a distinguished garden writer, presents 25 varied and gorgeous gardens from around the country, all reflecting the needs of their sites and the personalities of their owners." —Traditional Home

"A beautiful book . . . brimes with personal ideas from plant material and color combinations to stone walls, pergolas, fountains, walkway choices, and more. . . . A treasure and would make a lovely gift for anyone who is smitten with gardens." —Flower magazine

About the Author

ELVIN McDONALD is currently Botanical Educator for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and is a recipient of the Hutchinson Medal for lifetime achievement from the Chicago Botanic Garden. In 2012, he was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America. He served as Director of Special Projects at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York and is Secretary Emeritus of the American Horticultural Society. The author of more than 50 gardening books, Elvin was garden editor of House Beautiful, Family Circle, Traditional Home and Better Homes and Gardens.

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Many beautiful ideas -- could incorporate some of everything.
Baking is my hobby
Elvin has created one of his most diverse books yet... covering a wide spectrum of landscapes from across a multitude of geographic climates.
livefordesign
A Garden Makes A Home is a well-crafted and finely detailed book that inspires AND tantalizes.
Phillip Watson

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By suzy bales on October 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Certainly, a garden makes a house a home, but who knew how many different ways there were to do it. McDonald's book is filled with unique garden styles from all across America. Everything is included from a blooming desert, to a formal estate, with a front yard of vegetables, a hill top farm and a roof top recreation garden tucked in between. This is a book for anyone who loves to garden. It certainly broadened my horizons and gave me more ideas and new plants to try. I highly recommend it.
In fact you should buy two because someone is bound to want to borrow it and you won't want to part with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rmichael on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Elvin McDonald's A GARDENN MAKES A HOUSE A HOME takes you on a journey though some of the most beautiful and creatively designed private gardens across the various climate regions of the United States. His descriptive writing style supported by the inspiring photography will unleash all of your senses--smell the montages of blossoms, hear your footsteps on textured pathways, and feel the sense of movement through the selected landscaped spaces.

Anyone who seeks inspiration for making their own garden spaces must have this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Watson on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A Garden Makes A Home is a well-crafted and finely detailed book that inspires AND tantalizes. The gardens, which are from all parts of the United States, are presented as exquisite extensions of the homes. Ideas abound which work for large and small properties alike. The "why's" and the "how's" about the designs are explained in practical terms and made digestible. I am thrilled to have one of my projects represented (French Formality) and to still be on Elvin McDonald's garden party list! This book is a party in itself, and it looks like all of the fun people saved the date. Thanks for the invitation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By livefordesign on October 16, 2012
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Elvin has created one of his most diverse books yet... covering a wide spectrum of landscapes from across a multitude of geographic climates.
This diverse compilation creates an interesting and entertaining book which continuously holds ones interest.... from both the text and the photographs.
Thank you Elvin once again!!!!
richard nielsen
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