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Reviewed by Gordon Roberts
BRITISH garden writer
and nurseryman David Stuart has killed two birds with one stone:
he portrays some of the world's most compelling gardens and at the
same time distils their elements so they can be adopted by any gardener.
Each of the 15 or so
gardens - which range from Vita Sackville West's White Garden at
Sissinghurst to the Water Garden at Giverny depicted by Monet -
are accompanied by a plan suitable for a far smaller area (between
about 12m wide and 18m long). The book also carries suggestions
for those whose gardens may be an irregular shape.
Each plan is furnished
with general notes, and pointers on construction, planting and maintenance.
Importantly, there's a "shopping list" with the varieties and quantities
needed to achieve the desired look.
Whether you consider
that all the best ideas are borrowed or just want to discover the
secrets of some of the world's great gardens, you'll find Classic
Garden Plans an engaging book.
Gardener, Issue 173, 2005, Page 33
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH