Essential Garden Design Workbook
Reviewed by Robert Gordon
IF you're a serious gardener
wanting to start from scratch, here's something to chew over. For
once the cover blurb has it right - it's not a book that's just
about pretty pictures, but a step-by-step practical guide.
Rosemary Alexander is
founder-principal of the English Gardening School in London's Chelsea
but there's much - particularly in the sections on research and
design and development - that can be considered fundamental to sound
garden design anywhere in the world.
It'll take a bit of
persistence on the part of the layperson to absorb the detail in
this book, but Alexander has a no-nonsense approach, as her warning
on the use of herbaceous plants shows: "Avoid using too many different
types of plants, which can result in borders that look restless
and unbalanced," she says. "To give continuity, repeat certain groupings."
But the real strength
is Thomas's attention to design minutiae (even down to a checklist
on what to watch out for if you use imitation paving).
The Essential Garden
Design Workbook is a worthwhile investment if you have garden
dreams but need a toolbox to make them happen.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH