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.
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