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As unique as a fingerprint . . . handmade gardens reveal the creative vision and personality of the gardener in charge. Creating outdoor spaces of character, comfort, and fun involves scouring garage sales, your own garage, and building-salvage yards with such recyclables as broken ladders (for climbing flowers) and follies, fanciful outbuilding features like the tiny vintage trailer in Forkner’s Aluminum Garden surrounded by silver, green, and white plantings. Landscaping foundations—ground-level pathways and patios with pebbled mosaic accents or mown-lawn labyrinths—draw the eye upward to industrial rock-screen trellises and scrap-metal window ledges supporting planters. Old water jars and catch-basin sections become fountains; plumbing-pipe pergolas sport canvas drop-cloth awnings; industrial light fixtures contain outdoor terraria; and old shutters are turned into shelf storage/plant stands. Each project comes complete with lists of needed materials and tools, instructions, and recommended plantings. Whimsy is the watchword here, even as Forkner provides full-color photos, practical conversion tables, hardiness zones, and resource listings in this innovative addition to DIY creativity. --Whitney Scott
"Handmade Garden Projects is one of the books that puts a smile on your face...any gardener is bound to find a project they'll love...jam-packed with colorful photos, great advice and good guidance, making it a must-have. Better buy two, one to keep for yourself!"
I enjoyed the writing style, a nice calming book. I appreciate that the author takes busy people into account. She has easy projects to make any style garden more fun. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. LZ
Very well written and informative book. Lots of helpful ideas that can be done by one person working with very few tools commonly found around the house.Published 4 months ago by Cactus lady
Beautiful gardens but not so easy projects unless you are able to do landscaping easily. I like the designs I just don't think I personally will be able to use it for simple... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Diana Spataro
I was hoping for more ideas. Most of these you can see elsewhere.Published 8 months ago by Rebecca Lister
Really wonderful book - many a happy hour spent reading, and planning some fun, doable projectsPublished 9 months ago by Moira Sullivan