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Secrets of Disney's Glorious Gardens Hardcover – March 16, 2006

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (June 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786855525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786855520
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Markey thinks "rain" and "out," when used together, are two of the saddest words in the English language. When speaking of weather, "snow" and "day" are much better! Other word combinations as compelling in their way as a bang-bang play on the bases include "greasy slider," "late-inning heroics," and "lasting friendships," concepts that all appear in this book... which he hopes will induce gales of laughter (another good one) in every reader.

Kevin is the author of SLUMPBUSTER, WALL BALL, and WING DING, all in his Super Sluggers series of baseball adventures, and several books of nonfiction. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children and a lovable yellow-haired dog named Happy. He bats left, throws left, and types with both hands. You can visit him online at www.kevinmarkey.com.

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Format: Hardcover
After many delays, this book finally arrives in glorious hardcover format. If you've ever been to a Disney park, you'll appreciate that a lot of effort has gone into making it bright and beautiful and green all the year 'round. This book is far more than just a collection of photos showcasing these gardens, although it does serve that function in part, but it is really more of a gardening guide for the reader. It isn't quite like your traditional garden book either, but it does provide handy hints as to how to make your own potting mix, when the right time to plant is and so forth.

After a brief introduction about the history of the parks, the book goes on to cover specific topics such as building an entry arbor; selecting the right plants for your region; planting a productive potting garden; and getting the right colour/border mixture. From there, a great section entitled 'Setting the Mood' examine the ways in which you can re-create the 'feel' of a Haunted Mansion through to Tomorrowland by choosing the right plants and arranging them. The 'International Flora' section concentrates largely on the World Showcase at the Walt Disney Resort in Florida, while the final section, enticingly titled 'Trade Secrets', examines how they make those topiary animals and floral portraits, such as the one at the Main Entrance of Disneyland. Maybe one day your garden will look as good as Disney's - of course, I'd be nice to have the land and money they have too.

Probably for serious Disney Park enthusiasts only, and those that have an eye for gardening. To be honest, I just enjoy looking at the pictures.
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I was very excited when I received this book; however, the excitement was short lived. The information in the book is very basic. For example, the book devotes two pages to explaining the USDA zones and another two on how to plant a tree. About the only secret was the directions for making the floating planters from Epcot and since I don't have a pond they were interesting, but not too useful.

Also, the pictures were beautiful, but I wished that the plants in the photos and the locations had been identified. It devotes four pages to the Haunted Mansion gardens, but then doesn't identify the variety of the Haunted Mansion's prolific red roses.

Many of the photos were taken at the 2005 Epcot flower show and I enjoyed reliving the experience through the photos.

If you go to WDW and are amazed at the gardens and have no idea how they do it, then this book would be useful. If,however, you have a good basic idea about how the gardens are created and maintained, then you will not discover many secrets with this book.
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But, I wanted to know more about specifics that take place in the Disney's horticultural arena. Also, why talk about the oldest specimen on property (a yucca in the Mexico pavilion over 250 years old) and then not have a photograph. I am a serious gardener and an avid Disney fan. As an annual passholder I travel down to Walt Disney World 4-6 times a year. As much for their gardens as anything else. I was really hoping for more in depth knowledge of horticulture at Disney. A lot of information in the book is very basic. If you love Disney and love plants then I would still recommend this book for your collection. Just be prepared that you are not going to receive the "inside look" that I anticipated.
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I thought I'd be getting some wonderful back-lot adventure and instead it's just a bunch of nice pictures and garden tips. Why is there DIY project instructions for building a garden arbor? I can get that from the magazine rack at Home Depot. Why is there a topic on the temperature zones of the United States? I bought this book because I was interested in Disney, not my backyard. There are a few good tidbits of what goes on behind the scenes but nowhere near what I was hoping for.
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The Seller is GREAT! The book is NOT!! Disappointed in the lack of quality photos, limited behind-the-scene production design, or information. A VERY INFORMATIVE behind-the-scenes book for topiaries and gardens is: THE NEW TOPIARY, imaginative techniques from Longwood Gardens.
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This is quite a nice book to have, but it's not a must-have unless you are fond on gardening and/or would love to have or have a garden. Pics are very nice, but if you're looking for new pictures with unusual points of view, you may find yourself a little disappointed.
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This is just a book with color pictures of gardens at the Disney parks. I was hoping for some "secret" information on how they design and cultivate the beautiful floral areas that decorate the parks.
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Just about everything in the book can be found online at various photography and fan sites. I was hoping for more.
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