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Tabletop Gardens: Create 40 intimate gardens for the home, no matter what the season Hardcover – October 21, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580174663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580174664
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just as not all gardens are created equal, not all gardens are created outdoors. Whether one is trying to recapture a bit of summer splendor in the midst of winter on an indoor windowsill, or is an apartment dweller with a green thumb but no green space, miniature tabletop gardens can help satisfy a horticultural desire while breathing new life into home decor. McCreary offers 40 projects, from African violets tucked cunningly into a case suitable for a Victorian motif to succulent hens-and-chicks in a terra cotta tray reminiscent of the old Southwest, illustrating in each instance both the design principles and the gardening practices necessary to keep tabletop gardens in peak condition. Each project outlines the quantity and type of materials required, while detailed, step-by-step instructions guide the way to successful completion. For those ready to go beyond mere potted houseplants, McCreary shares her secrets for stylish and innovative alternatives. Carol Haggas
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"Most garden books are pretty, but something about McCreary's is truly inspiring."-- Sandy Dunham, The Seattle Times, Sept. 23, 2006--Sandy Dunham "Seattle Times "

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Anybody with a green thumb that likes to grow plants in different containers would like this book.
Nancy Edwards
I purchased this book several months ago and have been thrilled with it's beautiful photography, clear instruction and easy (yet clever) ideas for gardening indoors.
R. Goodwin
This book is splendid with easy directions for creating exquisite gardens to display inside your home.
S. Sells

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Goodwin on August 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book several months ago and have been thrilled with it's beautiful photography, clear instruction and easy (yet clever) ideas for gardening indoors. My home is not set up for big outdoor gardens, so these small container and tabletop gardens have been a godsend! I had never thought of decorating my kitchen and bathrooms with live plantings, and wow, what an improvement! I am buying copies for my friends and family. This makes a wonderful housewarming gift. Don't miss it!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Sells on August 12, 2009
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Tabletop Gardens is more than I expected. I was looking for ideas to support by passion for building terrariums. And I found just what I was looking for in that regard. The instructions given and the ideas for the perfect plants are found inside the pages. However, what I did not expect was a new passion for water gardens and topiaries. This book is splendid with easy directions for creating exquisite gardens to display inside your home. I am very happy with this book. It will be "a keeper" in my book collection for years to come.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Wyman on January 2, 2008
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I have to say the photography in this book is BEAUTIFUL. The photographer somehow catches the best angles, and thus creates a deep sense of inspiration in the reader. The book also gives good recommendations of different species and what can be used in different environments (terrariums, submerged, etc.). Awesome book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 6, 2003
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Tabletop Gardens: Create 40 Intimate Gardens For The Home, No Matter What The Season by gardening expert Rosemary McCreary offers a wealth of imaginative approaches to miniature indoor gardening. Included are ideas for deploying and displaying plants under glass, in bowls and trays, and even in water environments. The uncomplicated advise and easy-to-follow instructions will allow for any aspiring gardener to create harmonious combinations of plants in perfect containers. Whether working with herbs, grasses, bulbs, water plants, vines, or miniature shrubs, Tabletop Gardens is wonderfully illustrated, thoroughly "user friendly", and very highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Randazzo on July 10, 2003
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Received this as a gift and found it so well written and photographed that I ended up buying a few as gifts for others. Fabulous book design and layout. Beautiful pictures. Great container ideas and very clear information for ongoing care. The grass garden section was especially neat. The author suggests new takes on indoor gardens such as using mini primroses in a flat basket. I've always planted them outdoors but never imagined how nice they would look inside the house.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By BW on January 9, 2010
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I love this book!!!!! I have almost no knowledge about plants, how to NOT kill them, or make them look great in the house. Despite this roadblock, I still wanted to make the house more "homey" and "artistic" with regard to flowers and/or plants---until I found this book, I had no idea how to go about accomplishing this. THIS BOOK SOLVES MY PROBLEM!!! Extremely easy to follow step-by-step instructions, beautiful pics on almost every page, instructions on what type of pot/vase/box/soil/rocks/etc to use and the freedom to improvise, and an awesome guide in the back about what may be going wrong with the plant if it is exhibiting blank blank symtoms. Tons of plant options/creations which make it easy for ANYONE to find something in there that he or she likes....even a little section on cactus for those of us who live in hot, dry, dusty regions. Oh, and if you are one to get distracted and bored easily with intruction-following, no worries!!, the steps are short and sweet! Long, dull, and complicated...??? Definitely not found in this book. It would make a fabulous gift; I am probably going to buy a couple for housewarming gifts and even for my mom (who is stuck in a plant rut and needs some inspiration). If you decide to shell out a couple bucks for this book, you won't regret it. Five stars all the way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Howard on July 8, 2011
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I was hoping for a discourse on plants that work well together when potted together, grouping objects and living plants in interesting arrangements, keeping the living matter alive. Unfortunately, this book was limited to single species of plants living in its own container occasionally decorated with marbles.

It did, however, have some good information about the length one could expect a cut plant to live, flowering durations, and the like.

If you have a very difficult time keeping plants alive, then this book would probably be a good resource. The instructions are easy to follow, nice photos, etc. If you have any experience at all in gardening, I recommend trying to find something a little more advanced.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By worddancer VINE VOICE on March 25, 2010
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but really nothing special. There really aren't any new ideas here, and there really isn't much information. (If I'd seen this in a bookstore, I certainly wouldn't have bought it.) I'd just pass it on to someone who knows less about houseplants, but there's not enough information for an inexperienced indoor gardener.
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