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Shocking Beauty Hardcover – September 15, 1999
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"A virtual call-to-arms, an impassioned plea to liberate ourselves from the confines of stodgy, traditional design and to create our gardens with an electrifying sense of drama and flamboyance." —Fine Gardening
"Thomas Hobbs' words are as empowering as the photographs of unexpected plant combinations, striking colors, and unconventional garden scenes." —House Beautiful
"This is an extraordinary book…Hobbs is an extraordinary gardener and writer and his book is a testimonial to his own knowledge of, and dedication to, the art and techniques of gardening…The photos, which range from dazzling flowerbeds to understanding landscapes, complete this marvelous argument for beauty-creating boldness." —The Hamilton Spectator
About the Author
Thomas Hobbs, internationally known impresario of garden and floral design, is proprietor of Southlands Nursery in Vancouver, Canada. His private garden has been featured in many prominent gardening magazines. A frequent media commentator on gardening matters, Hobbs has spoken before gardening groups and professional associations throughout North America.
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On the other hand, the photos are beautiful - albeit some with the obvious help of alterations made by a computer and not the gardener.
Hobbes does share lovely ideas that can easily be taken to your own garden and used no matter what your budget and size considerations. I particularly like the good descriptions of the plantings in the photos and the wide variety of settings. Solutions are simple in these gardens and they are beautiful at the same time. He challenges us to try new groupings of colors and shapes (I guess only in the framework of his idea of "vision").
If you love beautiful, expensive books of gardens that can give you good ideas, this book can be worth every penny. I am not sorry I bought it.