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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated; First Edition edition (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927801
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garden columnist and notable garden-maker Easton awakened decades ago to the notion of pattern in the garden. Evocative writing and lush photography clarify Easton's approach to patterns as elements in designing gardens at once inviting and deeply satisfying. The budding garden designer will find help in assessing the site and learning the importance of proportion to harmony, and will be introduced to distinctive ways that rooms and paths, gates and sheltering structures can be incorporated for the most pleasing effects. Destination points are examined as critical to a garden's success. And water features, ornamentation, and plantings are given due attention, showing the power of juxtaposition, and potential for creative innovation. Offering an enticing meditation on why we seek sanctuary in our gardens, Easton sets the stage for an inclusive approach to design regardless of one's chosen garden style; a relevant and appealing guide for gardeners seeking advice, uplift, and wide-ranging options. Alice Joyce
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"Ms. Easton has an accessible, down-to-earth style in the book...one is led to believe that even the most rank beginner should just do it: go ahead and decide where the path should go, imagine where it will lead, and what might lie, like a surprise, or a sanctuary, at the end." The New York Times, June 21 , 2007


"A Pattern Garden reveals the hidden relationships between scale and structure that define truly great gardens...Easton will open your eyes to a new way of seeing the design opportunities inherent in any garden site." Scot Medbury, CEO Brooklyn Botanic Garden


"Easton offers ...a horticultural Rosetta Stone—a guide for both timid and more confident homeowners to map their outdoor life and create their dream space." Thomas Hobbs, author of The Jewel Box Garden


The dry days of June are good for redesigning the garden. For great ideas on the subject, pick up A Pattern Garden. Sunset, June 2007

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Valerie Easton hasn't missed a week writing her weekly gardening column for the Seattle Times in 15 years. Her newest book is about how to make simple, naturalistic and organic bouquets from your garden that are the antithesis of overworked, overdone flower arrangements that are more about decorating than nature. She's written four earlier books; the most recent, The New Low-Maintenance Garden, was named one of the Ten Best Home and Garden Books of 2009 by Amazon.

Val's own low-maintenance garden, the muse for the book, has been published in The New York Times, This Old House, and Horticulture. She has contributed articles on gardens, homes, and the people who make them to a variety of magazines, including Metropolitan Home, Fine Gardening, and Gardens Illustrated. Valerie trained as a Master Gardener and was for eighteen years the horticultural librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle. She gardens, teaches yoga, and blogs (www.valeaston.com) in the village of Langley, on Whidbey Island, Washington.

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Ms.Easton takes the essential 14 "patterns" of our gardens and helps us clarify their role and importance.
smacobblestone
Staying true to her straightforward approach, Ms. Easton has taken gardening to a new level of thoughtful interpretation.
D. Loudon
If you have been gardening for a while and still do not have the results you want, this might be the book for you.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By smacobblestone on March 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We have been following Ms. Easton's garden writings for years in newspapers, magazines and her other acomplished manuscripts Artists In Their Gardens and Plant Life. We have found her writings to be both informative and entertaining, a hard combination for many authors but critical to the reader. Her newest book, A Pattern Garden, weaves a rich tapestry of information and soulful thinking. The garden is a place of sanctuary and highly personal. Ms.Easton takes the essential 14 "patterns" of our gardens and helps us clarify their role and importance. She offers us tools to both strengthen and personalize an existing garden and lay the foundation to build a new one. In reading this book we felt empowered to try new things and be adventuresome. It also gave us a greater understanding and enjoyment of our own garden.

Besides all the practical information offered, A Pattern Garden is a must read for anyone who wants to have a greater appreciation of their connection with the garden, nature, and the role it plays in their life.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Loudon on March 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For years, I have enjoyed Valerie Easton's stylish books and weekly articles in the Seattle Times. I am consistently inspired by her gardening and design knowledge and the sensible, easy way she communicates her ideas. Having just received her new book, A Pattern Garden, I am totally wowed by the incredible photographs and gorgeous layout of this showpiece - it is a stunningly beautiful book. Staying true to her straightforward approach, Ms. Easton has taken gardening to a new level of thoughtful interpretation. Keeping her ideas accessible for lay gardeners such as myself, she has successfully described the "feeling" of a great garden, making it something tangible and attainable. This is a must-have book for everyone who tends a garden - a wonderful exploration into the heart and spirit of the gardens we instinctively find attractive and to which we feel emotionally connected. I can't wait to incorporate some of these concepts into my garden. This book is destined to be a garden design classic.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hinkley on March 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There have been numerous occasions throughout my gardening career- in my garden and while working in others- that I have turned to garden design books for inspiration and guidance. Too often it has been case that these books- many now considered classics- illuminate principles of design that are inapplicable to the average gardener, i.e., the gardener who cannot afford a top end designer. From the moment I opened Val Easton's book, I discovered at last a book which was charged with bursts of creative esprit, an inviting and understandable format and an engaging dialogue between Easton and her readers. In concert with outstanding and well interpreted photography, I believe this book should find its way into every serious gardeners library.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The best book I have EVER read on garden design!!! Ms. Easton deserves high praise for her work!! She explains complex design ideas in a way that is easy to understand and easy to put into practice!! The book emphasizes that these principles can be used in gardens of any size or style or price range. (I was able to implement some of her patterns the same day for under $10.)

Ms. Easton shows you how to make your garden a good-feeling, positive place to be FOR YOU. Far from the preening diletante who wants you to apply ideas from her 10 acre garden to your postage-stamp yard in a cookie cutter manner, Ms. Easton encourages us to customize your space to suit your needs and desires.

This book is one of my top-3 all time favorites!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joan S. Works on March 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Thanks to Val Easton's new book, A Pattern Garden, I'll be happily adding mysterious destinations and some fanciful surprises to my old garden this summer. Fun!

This is such a good book; it's informative, beautiful (inspiring photography), but best of all are it's suggestions and encouragement for gardeners to turn their yard space into intriguing areas where they and their families will love spending outdoor time.
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49 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Keith Davitt on March 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My original review of this book was too harsh. This then is the correction. The book has considerable merit and under a different title, `Garden Elements', for example, it is one I would not have found fault with. I am an author. I know how much work goes into a book and how easy it is to criticize what you have not spilled blood over creating, so it is with considerable hesitation and not a little angst that I write this review. But as I so value the overall concept this book ostensibly addresses, I must.

I too am a devotee (as Ms. Easton says she is) of the deep wisdom contained in the book, "A Pattern Language". In addition, I treasure "The Timeless Way To Build" and "Patterns of Home", by the same architect and group of architects. In those books, quintessential patterns about which we can think, that we can easily understand, that we can use to design by and apply to varied situations and ultimately experience are simply, clearly and thoroughly explored and presented. This book is not related to those enduring works and the concepts expressed here have nothing in common with the archetypical patterns those authors have explored. This is not a book about patterns for garden making. The title, "A Pattern Garden, The Essential Elements of Garden Making", is a an unearned pairing of this book with those previously mentioned, ultimately venerable books. This is what I most criticize.

Ms Easton refers to 'Scale', to 'Water' to 'Garden Rooms' to 'Gates' and so on as quintessential Patterns. These things are garden elements and the author demonstrates their importance and use as elements well, but these are not underlying patterns. And that is important.
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