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Encyclopedia of Garden Design and Structure: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Garden Hardcover – March 4, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (March 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554071291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554071296
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Insightful commentary [and] a wealth of ideas and inspiration for the home gardener.... A source guide to almost every kind of garden imaginable.... The book is, in short, a ready reference of stimulating garden features from all over the world. (Backyard Solutions 2007-05-00)

A fun, pretty look at garden design... Get it because: More broad than deep, why you get here are solid-but-general descriptions. (Gardening Life 2006-05-00)

The definitive guide to garden design with design tips and inspiring gardens from all over the world. (Connie Krochmal BellaOnline 2006-03-25)

Enough garden-design ideas to keep your head spinning from here to eternity... [Fell's] aim is to inspire readers to create their own landscape masterpiece. (George Weigel Harrisburg Patriot-News 2006-03-02)

An essential reference guide that's true to its title. (Lorraine Flanigan Canadian Gardening 2006-04-00)

Once you dip into this beautiful book with its lavish photos, you'll realize that spectacular gardens are rarely the result of chance... If you want a taste of everything in landscape design, this encyclopedia does it. (Marianne Binetti Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2006-03-18)

Not only an interesting read, but one of those books that can be included in a coffee table collection. (Ken Smith London Free Press 2006-07-22)

800 color photos... Insightful commentary on selecting the best design elements, planting, and maintaining year-round interest. (Science News 2006-03-25)

Even if you've designed several gardens over the years, you still need to brush up on technique and some basic principles of landscape and garden design.... This book is also good for beginners, who might be too intimidated to design their own garden. (Frank Ferragine, Citytv Breakfast Televion and Cit Style at Home 2007-05-00)

A lovely volume to look at... illustrates the possibilities of applying the designs of award-winning gardens to readers' own backyards. One book that truly lives up to its title, it belongs in any academic, public, or horticultural library. (Rachael Green American Reference Books Annual 2007-01-00)

A really good book for the neophyte who wants to know what all those confusing terms are... most of the photographs are just perfect... incredibly useful. (Marjorie Harris Globe and Mail 2006-04-22)

The landscape design ideas that you have been looking for... excellent examples in every category that are guaranteed to stimulate and inspire you. (Joel M. Lerner Washington Post 2006-10-20)

A comprehensive tutorial on how to create more than 100 garden features... concise, alphabetized lessons. (Jennifer David House and Home Media 2006-05-00)

An inspiring tour... entries range from alleys and boardwalks through vistas and weather vanes. (Jo Calvert Canadian Living 2006-06-00)

800 gorgeous photos as well as brief descriptions, ideas to expand your thinking about outdoor living... By the time you reach the end, the only question will be: Which part of the landscape to tackle first? (Judy Lowe Christian Science Monitor 2006-04-25)

The great gardens here, both grand and not so, will have you rushing to revamp your green space. (Jenn Houlihan Style at Home 2006-08-01)

[4/5 starred review] If you've read any garden book or bought a garden calendar, chances are you've seen Fell's brilliant photography. He writes here, too, but the words are just enhancements to the real content ... in this visual encyclopedia. (Mary Fran McQuade Beach Metro Community News 2006-11-28)

An inspiring guide. (Steve Whysall Vancouver Sun 2006-12-08)

Offers ideas and inspiration for incorporating various design elements in the landscape. ... Fell's great photographs are the highlight of the book. (HGTV.com 2006-12-05)

Wonderfully illustrated and beautifully illustrated... Fell says gardeners are like artists and the garden is their canvas. His latest work is a testament to those ideals. (Vena Eaton Toronto Sun 2006-07-22)

The author believes that people create gardens today for a reason... readers will find plenty of stimulation in this collection for creating their own little patch of paradise. (Carolyn Leitch Globe and Mail 2006-03-24)

Explores celebrated public and private gardens featuring opulent architecture graced by ambitious plantings, but each example also illustrate the possibilities for even the most humble of prairie gardeners to apply to their own backyards. (Linda Stilkowki Winnipeg Free Press 2006-03-07)

Renowned garden designer Derek Fell has compiled more than 1,000 photographs to create a personal scrapbook of his favorite design features from around the world. Together with his insightful commentary, they provide a wealth of ideas and inspiration for the home gardener.... Hundreds of practical suggestions for garden planning, planting, and design, and achieving year-round interest...valuable tips on plant cultivation mingle with garden history and elegant description as Fell guides readers through famed gardens such as Monet's Clos Normand, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., and Rome's Villa d'Este, plus private gardens like his own Cedaridge Farm. (I Can Garden.com 2007-01-00)

About the Author

Derek Fell is a garden designer, photographer and author of more than 100 gardening books and calendars. His articles are published worldwide and he has a photo-library of more than 150,000 garden images. Fell lives in Pennsylvania at historic Cedaridge Farm, which itself has won several awards for design excellence.


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hummingbirds on September 6, 2006
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Wow! I just cannot say enough good things about this book! When it arrived, before opening it I expected to just see another book with black and white sketches telling me things I already knew. But from cover to cover, I found tons of beautiful, inspiring photos of actual gardens and landscaping which has given me many good ideas to incorporate into my own plans. The text is also easy to follow and understand (even for a beginner), the detailed captions are very helpful, and the overall layout of this book, with its various sections broken down, is to be commended. I would give it 10 stars!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marie (college English teacher) on March 11, 2008
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Most of this is beyond the average gardener, but it is well done and fun to look at. Don't pay full price, but discounted, it's a nice addition to your gardening library. Fun to browse.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sara44120 on January 1, 2007
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This is a beautiful book with many pictures and lots of design ideas for gardens.
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