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A Pattern Garden: The Essential Elements of Garden Makingby Valerie Easton
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Anyone can create a welcoming, harmonious garden by following certain simple, time-tested rules or "patterns." Building on the ground-breaking "pattern language" of celebrated architect Christopher Alexander, Valerie Easton gives us the tools for creating our own highly satisfying garden spaces. Alexander identifies certain key patterns, or elements of urban and architectural design, that help us to understand why we feel comfortable in a space. In this volume, Easton identifies a similar group of patterns for garden design that will enable the reader to turn any home landscape — regardless of style, site, or climate — into a memorable and nurturing retreat. The key to Easton's pattern choice is their universality. Human nature tends to respond, again and again, to certain intangible elements that enhance our senses and experiences. Among the patterns that Easton discusses are: fostering a sense of arrival; establishing a vital connection between house and garden; facilitating movement through the garden; enclosing areas to create a feeling of security; creating destinations for seating, dining, and relaxing; and incorporating the soothing influence of water features.
Easton also identifies key plants that can be used to enhance the archetypal patterns of garden-making. A Pattern Gardenopens up a range of exciting possibilities and changes the way we see and think about the garden spaces around us. It articulates the difference between a garden that is merely well-tended, and one that appeals to our real human need for beauty, respite, and meaning.
"A Pattern Garden reveals the hidden relationships between scale and structure that define truly great gardens....Easton will open your eyes to a new way of seeing the design opportunities inherent in anygarden site." Scot Medbury, CEO Brooklyn Botanic Garden
"Easton sets the stage for an inclusive approach to design regardless of one's chosen garden style; a relevant and appealing guide for gardeners seeking advice, uplift, and wide-ranging options." Booklist
A Pattern Garden gives us the tools for creating our own highly satisfying garden spaces. Easton identifies 14 garden patterns that she sees as fundamental to successful design and that will turn any landscape into a memorable and rewarding retreat. This book will help you identify what pleases you, and why, and provide inspiration and direction in the planting and layout of your own garden. Discussions of essential patterns, such as the creation of paths or the incorporation of water into the garden, are complemented by concrete advice about plant selection.
A Pattern Garden articulates the difference between a garden that is merely lovely and well tended, and one that appeals to the real human needs for beauty, respite, and meaning, and gives us the tools for creating our own highly satisfying garden spaces.
About the Author
Valerie Easton regularly contributes articles to numerous publications, including Gardens Illustrated.
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