for modern living
Hamlyn, distributed by
LIKE it or not, the shrinking
garden is, for many urban gardeners, a reality. Time constraints
and greater urban density sees gardeners' horizons shrinking and
this is a timely manual.
Clearly laid out, Small
Gardens for Modern Living ticks off aspects of gardening on
a minor scale. Planning, enhancing space, hard landscaping materials,
walls, water features and so on are explored with each chapter embellished
with practical information; points to remember and plant guides.
There are clear, step-by-step
projects to embark on - one that will capture readers' interest
is a "leaf fountain" - a clever cascade fashioned from copper which
would grace any garden, large or small. Other projects include making
trellis; a turf seat; a topiary bird; and a "fedge" (as the name
suggests a cross between a fence and a hedge). Detailed planting
guides are a useful sidebar to most chapters.
Rooftop and basement
gardens also get the once over. And if you're scratching your head
over keeping the kids from going stir crazy in your miniature backyard,
the final chapter is well worth a look.
and superbly illustrated, this lavish handbook deserves a close
look from the growing ranks of spatially-challenged gardeners.
Gardener, Issue 139, 2004, Page 28
(reproduced in Horticulture
in New Zealand:
Journal of the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture 2005, 8(1): 18-19)
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH