Cassell, distributed by Hodder Moa Beckett
is all the rage in countries where winters are so cold that any
form of gardening outdoors is impossible. However, that doesn't
mean that you need to live in an icy climate to bring a slice of
nature indoors - the principles of conservatory gardening apply
equally well to covered verandas and sunrooms.
Book focuses mostly on the practical aspects to consider -
from the style of your proposed conservatory, to construction and
interior design pointers.
There is also an extensive
and comprehensive directory of suitable plants to grow under glass,
for as the author points out, plants are the essential ingredient
in a conservatory. Among the plants featured are bulbs for colour
and fragrance, climbers for impact, perennials and subtropical delights
such as gardenias and frangipani.
of the gorgeous conservatories featured in this book are enough
to turn a gardener green with envy. Many are as big as the average
New Zealand house, with opulent furniture to match the stylish plants.
These are the domain
of the rich and famous - well, you'd have to be, to afford them!
But many of the ideas featured could also apply to a sheltered porch
or foyer by the front door. And if you are lucky enough to be able
to afford a Victorian-style, stand-alone conservatory with fancy
finials and acres of glass - then this book will happily help you
to spend thousands of dollars!
Gardener, Issue 92, February 14-27, 2002, Page 30
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH