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Poolscaping: Gardening and Landscaping Around Your Swimming Pool and Spa Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; First edition. edition (April 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580173853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580173858
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Diving into Catriona Tudor Erler’s book on dressing up your pool is cool.”

Arizona Republic

 

“A swimming pool can be more than a big blue hole … Poolscaping helps readers turn it into a retreat.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

“ … a wealth of ideas on how to make the swimming pool a backyard showpiece.”

— Phoenix Home & Garden

 

“… encourages an appealing integration of water and land.”

Publishers Weekly

 

“Excellent photographs give the book a can’t-put-it-down quality.”

Washington Post

 

“… rich with photos for inspiration, but there are plenty of specifics, such as plant recommendations, how-to instructions and tips for dealing with challenges.”

— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

“[T]his book will inspire you to create a design that meets your needs for both practicality and beauty.” — The American Gardener

 

“From the latest trends to advice on plantings, waterfalls and fountains, Poolscaping will help add some splash to your summer.”

Maryland Washington Virginia Home & Design

 

Review

“Diving into Catriona Tudor Erler’s book on dressing up your pool is cool.”

Arizona Republic

 

“A swimming pool can be more than a big blue hole … Poolscaping helps readers turn it into a retreat.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

“ … a wealth of ideas on how to make the swimming pool a backyard showpiece.”

— Phoenix Home & Garden

 

“… encourages an appealing integration of water and land.”

Publishers Weekly

 

“Excellent photographs give the book a can’t-put-it-down quality.”

Washington Post

 

“… rich with photos for inspiration, but there are plenty of specifics, such as plant recommendations, how-to instructions and tips for dealing with challenges.”

— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

“[T]his book will inspire you to create a design that meets your needs for both practicality and beauty.” — The American Gardener

 

“From the latest trends to advice on plantings, waterfalls and fountains, Poolscaping will help add some splash to your summer.”

Maryland Washington Virginia Home & Design

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More About the Author

Catriona Tudor Erler is an internationally recognized garden writer, photographer, and speaker. She is the author of seven garden books as well as numerous articles for publications such as Architectural Digest and Southern Accents. Her photographs have been published in books, magazines, and newspapers in both the United States and Great Britain. She also specializes in adapting British gardening books for American audiences, editing them to reflect the American vernacular, climate zones, and plant selections. Catriona gardens with her husband and twin sons in Vienna, Virginia. A former resident of San Diego, California, she has extensive gardening experience on both coasts of the United States, including growing in tropical and subtropical regions.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Adolph on October 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
The writer starts out with "Swimming pools have come a long way from the turquoise water holes surrounded by stark paving. Increasingly pools are being integrated into the design of the house and garden..."
I'm happy to see a book on this topic, especially one written by an accomplished writer and photographer. Many garden swimming pools stand out like a sore thumb - a harsh rectangle of Hollywood blue water with cold tile edges. They're lovely and cool in hot weather, but UGLY. Anything that helps to change or disguise this is all good.
The writer has many suggestions for doing just this. She addresses in depth topics such as decking, enclosures, structures, furniture and plantings. She has researched and offers suggestions for problems such as awkward rocky sites and the need to have an enclosure around the pool that doesn't block the view or make the place look like a prison.
It was good to see a generous number of pages given to plants and plantings - everything from container planting to landscaping the entire site. The writer also focuses on planning ahead when installing a pool or landscaping around it, and on matters relating to the budget. Both are very important and often overlooked..
The writer obviously has an encyclopedic knowledge of her topic and her writing is crisp and to-the-point. She understands the issues facing people who want to integrate their pool into their garden and addresses them directly. Her photographs illustrate her points with relevance and clarity. I'd recommend this book to anyone trying to add some style and class to a garden with a swimming pool.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jamie R. Manning on May 22, 2003
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This book is a must have! It is beautifully illustrated and very informative. If you own a pool or are thinking about getting one this book is a great investment. It covers everything from choosing a design for your pool to plants and lighting. The pictures are spectacular! I Preordered this book and I'm glad I did. It was worth the wait.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Caldwell on October 13, 2003
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I was a little disapointed when I first got this book as the photos weren't all eye-popping fancy layouts - BUT - - I have found the book surprisingly good to read!! I've been up late every night pouring over it's content. It's written very, very well and you will learn some great hints, regardless of budget. I am so pleased I decided to write a review (which I've never done). I hope the authors continue to write on this suject! It's a GREAT BOOK! Thank you!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Adolph on October 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
The writer starts out with "Swimming pools have come a long way from the turquoise water holes surrounded by stark paving. Increasingly pools are being integrated into the design of the house and garden..."
I'm happy to see a book on this topic, especially one written by an accomplished writer and photographer. Many garden swimming pools stand out like a sore thumb - a harsh rectangle of Hollywood blue water with cold tile edges. They're lovely and cool in hot weather, but UGLY. Anything that helps to change or disguise this is all good.
The writer has many suggestions for doing just this. She addresses in depth topics such as decking, enclosures, structures, furniture and plantings. She has researched and offers suggestions for problems such as awkward rocky sites and the need to have an enclosure around the pool that doesn't block the view or make the place look like a prison.
It was good to see a generous number of pages given to plants and plantings - everything from container planting to landscaping the entire site. The writer also focuses on planning ahead when installing a pool or landscaping around it, and on matters relating to the budget. Both are very important and often overlooked.
The writer obviously has an encyclopedic knowledge of her topic and her writing is crisp and to-the-point. She understands the issues facing people who want to integrate their pool into their garden and addresses them directly. Her photographs illustrate her points with relevance and clarity. I'd recommend this book to anyone trying to add some style and class to a garden with a swimming pool.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Behlmann on July 8, 2003
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This book contains some nice ideas, although most or very very expensive. I pulled a lot of good ideas from this book and would definitely recommend it to someone who is considering building a pool, but doesn't know how they want it landscaped. Good book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
I loved the book for design ideas. Although the book contains pools that must cost over 50K, you can get some great ideas from it. We have a palper's budget, but there were a lot of beautiful photo's to get you started and give you ideas to break the standard ho hum swimming pool look. Designers in our area had no imagination and some told us that we do not have room on our property for a pool,,, bah humbug! We're not going with the 'sale pool package' most companies wanted to sell us, but we still will have a pool worthy of their next book (cross my fingers!!) for a few dollars more. We just had to find the right company with a little creativity.
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