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Handmade for the Garden: 75 Ingenious Ways to Enhance Your Outdoor Space with DIY Tools, Pots, Supports, Embellishments, and More Paperback – March 18, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1 edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161769097X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617690976
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“As spring takes its own sweet time in coming, you can save pennies and get a jump start on gardening with Susan Guagliumi’s Handmade for the Garden as your guide.”
(New American Homesteader)

“Susan Guagliumi puts a chic, modern spin on garden upcycling . . . We love the way she took a leaky old hose and made it into a garden pot.”
(Birds and Blooms)

“This book is jam-packed with instruction. That is a real plus.”
(Getting Stitched on the Farm)

“A treasure trove of original projects.”
(Poppytalk)

“This book adds a new dimension to playing outside . . . if you love the garden, tinkering with tools and creating beautiful objects for out-of-doors, this is your book.”
(Examiner.com)

“Takes DIY skills into the garden.”
(Publishers Weekly)

“Ideas in this crafting-meets-gardening guide book range from clever ways to repurpose hoses (make them into a planter) to illustrated step-by-step instructions for making mosaic pots and rustic trellis frames.”
(New Orleans Times-Picayune)

“This book is bursting with beautiful and creative ways of using everyday materials to liven up your outdoor spaces.”
(Country Woman)

“Two of the most humble [projects] are my favorites. They set the DIY bar low enough to admit all, and they guarantee success . . . they’ll make me feel like a DIY genius.”
(BookPage)

“Enhance your outdoor space with décor and functionality.”
(Mother Earth Living)

“This book is bursting with beautiful and creative ways of using everyday materials to liven up your outdoor spaces”
(Country Woman Magazine)

“This book adds new dimension to playing outside . . . if you love the garden, tinkering with tools and creating beautiful objects for out-of-doors, this is your book.”
(Examiner.com)

“Any person with a modicum of entry-level crafting skills can add individual flair to their garden following the descriptive step-by-step instructions . . . many illustrations depict precise details in the fabrication process. A source list, with website addresses, will prove useful to those who cannot find supplies at their local home improvement center.”
(Better Homes and Gardens / Country Gardens)

About the Author

Susan Guagliumi has restored the interiors and gardens of two early 19th-century homes, and her gardening projects are a compilation of 10 years of research, explo­ration, experimentation, and creativity. She is also the author of several machine- and hand-knitting books and has led craft workshops in the United States and abroad. She lives in Northford, Connecticut.

More About the Author

I am a machine knitter, hand knitter and an enthusiastic gardener - which I hope is reflected in the books I have written. My web site (www.guagliumi.com) is focused mostly on machine knitting, but I also blog about gardening at www.guagliumi.com/blog. The gardening makes it a constant challenge to keep my hands and nails clean enough to demonstrate machine knitting as I teach throughout the US and abroad. There is a calendar on my web site where I list both knitting and gardening events, teaching and appearances so maybe I'll see you one of these days!

Customer Reviews

Can't wait to get started on next year's projects!
Georgette Huff
Even an experienced gardener will find ideas and inspiration in this book.
JORDAN GUAGLIUMI
The book is very well written, and the directions are easy to follow.
Susan S Hamilton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Merilee on March 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
Handmade for the Garden by Susan Guagliumi is in itself a necessary garden tool. It offers the scope of a workshop or a class with precise and comprehensive directions for many of the items needed in a garden as well as options and variations within the individual projects. With this book I will finally build a willow trellis to fit an odd space near my deck, and clear up my confusion regarding differences in cement and mortar for hypertufa as well as exterior mosaics. The book takes the reader through a year of seasons with wonderful and (for me) much needed organization, such as getting plant supports in place for your climbers while your seedlings are hardening off in easily constructed coldframes.
All is offered in great detail for creating solidly structured projects that are in harmony with ecology and nature. That this book is so generous with ideas IS its source of inspiration; its bounty is a prelude to the gardener's anticipated harvest. Many of the projects are so artful that non gardeners will find ways to make additions to their yards and homes. And have a lot of fun doing!
For pre-season and after-season projects, storage and planning, you will want to keep this book in your gardener's toolbox.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By violet on March 20, 2014
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On this first day of spring, I was thrilled to find my pre-ordered Handmade for the Garden waiting for me on my porch. There are over 200 pages of fabulous ideas for my garden, from potting, to mosaics, all the way to off-season projects. I cannot wait for my snow to melt so I can get gardening!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paulnycct on March 19, 2014
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My copy of Handmade for the Garden arrived yesterday and I have not been able to put it down. I already have three projects lined up that I can get started on even though there's still snow on the ground here in northwestern Connecticut. The project I'm most excited about is the willow switch fencing in page 156. The book is so beautifully shot, and the instructions for things I never would have thought to try are easy to follow and beautifully illustrated. Guagliumi's whole approach makes me want to up my game in the garden. She needs her own TV show!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Salerno on March 21, 2014
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I received my copy of Handmade for the Garden on Monday & have found it difficult to put down. The photography is beautiful, the instructions for the very creative, unique projects are clearly written even for the inexperienced DIYer. Best of all, they can be made inexpensively without the use of tools most of us don't own...can't wait to make some.
Toni Salerno
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JORDAN GUAGLIUMI on March 21, 2014
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Even an experienced gardener will find ideas and inspiration in this book. The projects are fun and manageable, while being original and imaginative. Spring is here... buy this book and jump right in!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosemarie on March 21, 2014
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It's not fair that this book arrives when there is still snow on the ground! It will inspire you to add a personal and artful touch to your outdoor surroundings. The illustrations and instructions are simple and the ideas so creative. I think this book would make an ideal gift for garden friends.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By libratravel on March 21, 2014
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There is so much untapped potential to our yards and this book leads us one step closer to enhancing our outdoors. Everyone should embrace these suggestions and tips and work to beautify the space where we entertain and relax during the spring, summer and fall months....Perfect time of year for this book to debut and perfect Mother's Day present for the green thumb!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TootsieP on April 10, 2014
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Want the perfect gift for the novice to experienced gardener? This is it!!! Even though Susan lives in the East Coast, her ideas, tips and step by step instructions apply to gardening throughout the country. I love how she pairs plants with pots, like pairing wine with meals. I've been following her and her blog for years - this book is stellar!!
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