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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604691239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691238
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Wingate provides numerous options for gardeners who want to create oases of safety from contemporary intrusions. Buffers, barriers, and screens—these “practical, creative, sustainable ideas” for landscaping “an enjoyable extension of your home” are thoughtfully integrated into garden concepts. Buffers moderate temperature extremes, wind, noise, and the neighbors’ kids. Trees and shrubs provide shade and insulation, and yards gain privacy and serenity with water features, mixed-planing hedgerows, and terraces of mounded shrubs. Barriers include berms, prickly hedges, and fencing—some living, such as shaped or espaliered permanent tree structures. Screening with visual interest, such as lattices supporting climbing roses, spell relief from unwanted views. Tips on plant choices and abundant full-color photos and illustrations complement listings of further readings and resources, conversion tables and plant hardiness zones, and a detailed index to create a comprehensive guide for turning a yard into a haven. --Whitney Scott

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“Readers with varying space, budgets, and lifestyles will find this book creative and helpful”
(Debra Prinzing Library Journal)

“A comprehensive guide for turning a yard into a haven.”
(Houzz.com)

“An excellent resource for anyone who needs to add screening, barriers or buffers to their private world.”
(Chicago Tribune)

“With such an expansive playbook, there's no reason for dull uniformity.”
(Country Gardens)

"Offers much practical information...and help[s] us make our gardens just what we want."


More About the Author

Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based writer and speaker about gardens and travel, and author of the Potting Shed mysteries - the first book, The Garden Plot, available from Alibi in May 2014.
She is also the author of four books about gardening, including Perennials for the Pacific Northwest (Sasquatch Books) and Landscaping for Privacy (Timber Press).
Marty speaks at national events, and writes for a variety of publications including Country Gardens and The American Gardener. She can be heard on A Dry Rain, a free podcast available on iTunes.
Marty has a master's degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, as well as the Royal Horticultural Society and the Garden Writers Association. She leads small-group garden tours to European destinations including England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and on North American journeys. Marty doesn't believe that the thin veneer of tourism - successive one-night stops in a series of hotels - can ever replace getting to know the people, history and culture of a region, and so, when arranging her tours, she always includes time for a cup of tea, a pint of beer or a glass of wine.
Connect with Marty on Facebook or on her website: martywingate.com.

Customer Reviews

Sometimes names are mentioned, but you don't know which is what.
CarolM
This book was lacking in details and tries to cover too many areas without going in depth on any one thing.
Crystal
She has a large yard with old trees and little privacy and this book will give her a lot of ideas.
Jane Perkins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Henderson-Ricardez on August 22, 2012
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Lots of talking about creating privacy and although there are ample landscaping pictures, almost none of them are related to creating privacy. If you want a ton of pictures of mediocre landscaping with random bushes and flowers with no pictures of actual privacy ideas, this might be for you. Also, most of the writing is prose with very little teaching. Some tips but you'll never be able to go from step 1 to completion on any privatizing project from this book. It's book of unrelated images and filler text, mostly editorial about why you might want privacy but no real, detailed instruction on the how to to actually do it!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 19, 2012
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Most residential lots are spaced so close together that privacy is rare. Anything that offers practical solutions is welcome. There are many ideas in the book that can be adapted to a variety of situations. I particularly liked the plant list area where the greenery is grouped not only by zone and type (evergreen, thorny, hedges, etc.) but also by shape to help fill-in particular areas.

The usefulness of the book will depend upon the individual circumstance, so skimming it first at the library might be a good idea.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lotus Cirilo on March 5, 2012
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Lovely pictures. A bit of repetition in the text, but the pics are lovely with many old ideas mixed with a smattering of new in many styles for many challenges from rooftops to corner lots, cottage style gardens to contemporary and modern. I've read the book through already and havere-browsed it several times. Helpful plant lists!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 29, 2012
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This is a great book for those of us who just want to disappear behind our landscaping (and look good doing it). There are too many out there who are nattering on about Curb Appeal when what they mean is leave the house completely exposed from the street. Why this is a goal in these days of drive-by shooters is beyond me.

Ms. Wingate seems to mostly work in the wetter half of the country, but she has made an honest attempt to be inclusive. There are usable ideas here even for the low desert, but we have had 1/3 inch of rain in the last six months and couldn't afford the water to recreate the plantings in any of the photos. So, fun to see and read but I won't buy this one.

Most of the book is well designed, but whoever approved the light green type of the introduction and the gray type of the picture captions should be convicted of design malpractice. Not at all kind to the eyes. I skipped the intro as prbably not worth the eyestrain.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sharon M. Mcdonnell on March 14, 2012
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So many garden books. The title is right and the book is well organized. I got many ideas from the book and was given enough detail through the pictures and chapters that I have returned to it quite a few times.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ann B. Keller on July 4, 2012
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This little book is jam packed with hundreds of marvelous ideas to give the apartment or homeowner a sense of privacy. Perhaps you'd like to screen out an unsightly view, cloak your trash cans with a living shield of flowers or form a barrier from wildlife.

Maybe a table with two chairs beside a trickling fountain surrounded by a border of fragrant flowers yields just the right touch. Perhaps a dramatic hedge interrupted by a unique gate of rustic wood does the trick. From small concepts to elaborate plans meant for more expansive and expensive tastes, Landscaping for Privacy will help you find that little touch that is uniquely yours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Brown on January 9, 2013
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Can't wait to start building my compost fences described in text. They will block unpleasant views, provide a location for me to put compost, and be good for growing climbing vines.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Old school Lycan on July 27, 2013
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There are many facets to landscaping that I have yet to unveil. The upside to Wingate's book is that I was introduced to various terminology and concepts that may appear familiar in terms of illustrations but not in words. Although some readers will be disappointed in the lack of illustrations, I for one appreciate that the author chose to incorporate scientific names alongside common names of plants. To reduce cost for publication, it's understandable...especially when one can access the web at their fingertips in this day and age. As a first time home owner I have seen and visited a number of places that had parterres or knot gardens but had no idea what they were called. This book also explains a number of different materials used for fencing and barriers to shield unwanted views or wildlife intrusions. However, my disappointment and thus motivation for writing this review was spawned when Wingate suggested that a lawn mower can be hidden or stored under a long branch tree. The author gave several suggestions of bypassing a prefab shed for tool storage. In my opinion, rain and wind contribute to a thing known as oxidation and thus that results in machinery's worst nightmare- RUST. Even garden tools that are coated with anti rust properties eventually give way if not properly stored. So if you purchase this book, it contains valuable information but also questionable suggestions.
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