Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More Paperback – December 6, 2011
|New from||Used from|
"Marijuana Horticulture Fundamentals"
The first and only grow book from legendary breeder, K, this is a must-have for every grower on the planet, from rookie cupboard growers to commercial cultivators. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"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!"
More About the Author
Whether evaluating a favorite plant, reveling in the changing light of the season, or enjoying the exquisite flavor of a juicy peach or the first garden salad of the year, Lorene never tires of exploring the colors, textures and details of the natural world. And she loves a good story.
A popular speaker with a warm engaging manner, Lorene is always eager to weigh in on horticultural mysteries, offer direction for design conundrums, and teach DIY gardeners how to dig in and craft a personal landscape that fits their lifestyle while living lightly on the planet. Lorene contributes to several regional gardening publications and reaches a larger audience through her blog Plantedathome.com where she muses on home, garden, work and play.
Top Customer Reviews
What I love best about this book is that it's helped me repurpose some of the trash I had waiting in the "go to the dump" pile. The rings from a discarded oak barrel will now be repurposed as a mold for garden stepping stones, which were shown early in the book. And some of the ideas don't require any money at all, like creating "temporary turf tattoos" in the lawn using your mower. What a fun way of celebrating a holiday, to mow a pattern into the lawn to cheer passers-by.
Is this a book of gift ideas? Maybe. Some of the projects are small enough to transport easily and would make great gifts. Others are large, heavy, or simply must be made in the owner's garden, so wouldn't wrap up well for a gift occasion. But enough of the ideas are good for this purpose that I'm certainly glad I got it a few months before my mom's birthday, just in case I want to make a project for her! I have a few pages bookmarked as possibilities for all the gardeners in my life.
My one quibble is that many of the photos in the book look a bit messy or "country". For example, in the page showing you how to make a tabletop knot garden (a very classy idea), the finished result is shown in a Red Flyer wagon. It's hard to imagine a more disparate pairing than an elegant French or English knot garden with a kid's red wagon - it just didn't work for me. In another photo of steel tanks used as planting beds (a look that can be marvelously urban and chic), the photographer didn't remove the red and white label from the tank.Read more ›
Read as an ebook courtesy of Timber Press via Netgalley.
They also talked about using various materials for different projects, and showed the versatility in each. By far the best section, though, involved the ideas for different garden layouts and projects. There were a wide range of project ideas, and I thought most people would be able to pull them off, even if they weren't particularly creative. Also, the pictures throughout the book are absolutely gorgeous.
The book itself is just unsatisfactory, and sits really low in the list of home garden and yard decor books I own. I'll probably be reselling or trading at a local bookseller. It has no real how-to or educational value, and the pictures that are in it are secondary to the layout and text which the author(s) seem to be more proud of. A book like this does not need to go more than a page without a picture- let's face it- a book about garden decor is all about garden pictures and visual inspiration, or at the very least, techniques, but this book frequently has breaks of 4 to 5 pages with nothing but a solid color and LARGE, insultingly insipid, meandering paragraphs. Don't get me wrong, I love words- I just want them to instruct or describe a process or scene in the book. The information in this book is kind of useless. It's almost trying to be poetic or inspirational. The layout is poor too- pictures and paragraphs are placed too near the stiff center of the open book, with generous inches of open space at the sides- it's almost as if the pages got out of order at the printer's- but no- occasionally you will come across a two page spread of huge words across both pages, with no pictures or hint as to what scene (previous or next) that they are referring to. they are basically non-sequitur affirmations about garden decorating.
I bought it for myself as well as my garden-savvy girlfriend. As we looked through it, I almost felt the need to apologize that 'it sure looked better online'....
The few craft projects that are spelled out for you in the book are simple, unattractive and a little insulting..like showing how to install brackets to make a shelf out of an existing object.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 8 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 9 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 10 months ago by Diana Spataro
I was hoping for more ideas. Most of these you can see elsewhere.Published 14 months ago by Rebecca Lister