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The Garden Design Book Hardcover – November 12, 1997


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Regan Books; 1 edition (November 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006039207X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060392079
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 11.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cheryl Merser and the editors of Garden Design magazine have produced a zaftig beauty of a garden book. The emphasis here is on "new gardening," with a nod to the traditional elements of garden design. New gardening combines a sophisticated treatment of the five senses and a natural style with a no-fuss approach to garden care. The book is marvelously organized, with rich sections that consider design elements such as boundaries, structures, pathways, and water, and a separate "Plants as Design Tools" section that considers plant color, texture, and form. Anyone designing a garden of any size from scratch will want to consult this book to clarify the planning steps, but also just to revel in its sheer gloriousness. With its exuberant, light-filled photos, this is the best possible coffee-table reading for rainy days; on sunny days, use it as a textbook in the garden.

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The book is as useful and intelligent as the magazine, and just as calculated.... a valuable and potentially important book that manages to demystify and democratize the esthetics of garden design. The Garden Design Book brims with inventive solutions and inspiring case studies that, taken together, go a long way toward proposing a specifically American vision of a garden. -- The New York Times Book Review, Michael Pollan

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dan Hooper on February 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Definitely worth looking at but maybe not as compelling as a "reading book" if you don't have much interest in Ms. Merser's own garden dilemmas and adventures.
Massive and clean photographs bring a variety of styles and landscape features to life. For it's ease in thumbing through and printed excellence, it qualifies as an amazingly well designed book; it meets and exceeds the challenge for a book based on the subject of design. The content structure, illustrative artwork and captions are outstanding, too.
If a subsequent publishing were to be printed, I might suggest a little less base editorial and more photographic and illustrative artwork, with each given more insight and history in the caption. Hardly a criticism though, this book certainly could excite even the casual gardener. This is a very worthy book to either borrow or own.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Yours truly, on March 11, 2001
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I was disappointed with this book because I was hoping to get information that I could apply to my own garden. The author shared her enthusiam for gardening and much of the book seemed to encourage us to be creative and follow our heart. I was hoping for some practical information about garden design.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately, too many of the photos in this book are from the magazine issues over the last year or 2. That was a disappointment because I was really hoping for hundreds of new stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Tucker on June 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This $50.00 book has a beautiful cover--but when you try to look inside--the images are purposefully hidden--are you ashamed of them?? I would NOT spend $50.00 on a book that I could not preview! VT
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