Great gardens are more than just the sum of their parts. Trees, shrubs, perennials, container plants: these constitute the cast of stars whose artistry is augmented by secondary players. From lounge chairs to dining tables, wooden benches to woven hammocks, the accoutrements of a garden setting should be as carefully selected as the plants they complement. A former interior designer, Nagel uses her discerning eye to apply the essential principles of form and function to style and materials in determining good exterior decor for the home landscape. With a goal of helping homeowners make informed choices that will enable them to select high-quality furnishings and accent pieces, and thus avoid wasting time, resources, and money, Nagel gives a thorough overview of architectural periods, contemporary trends, and material construction and maintenance. Chapters geared toward the professional elevate this comprehensive guidebook to a higher level even as Nagel’s approach makes it an accessible reference for the novice garden decorator as well. --Carol Haggas
“Chapters geared toward the professional elevate this comprehensive guidebook to a higher level even as Nagel’s approach makes it an accessible reference for the novice garden decorator.”
(Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Vanessa Gardner Nagel has written this colorful and quite thorough guide to the materials and the supply chain in specifying outdoor furniture, fabrics, containers, and other fixtures. Her good sense advice can save you any number of calls from irritated clients.”
"This book is an aid and inspiration for design professionals and students of the field. Considerations for outdoor furnishing purchases are clearly broken down. The list of resources Nagel provides is valuable, no matter the skill level of the reader."