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Urban Sanctuaries: Peaceful Havens for the City Gardener
Synopses & Reviews
By presenting examples of innovative designs from both private and communal inner-city gardens all over the world, this book invites urban gardeners everywhere to create an inspiring outdoor haven even in very limited spaces.
Examples include low-maintenance minimalist gardens, family-friendly havens, gardens with soothing water features, roof terraces and balcony retreats, and indoor-outdoor rooms. Designs and practical tips are given to create each of these different garden styles
"A down-to-earth yet inspiring presentation of alternatives ranging from cutting-edge designs of cool contemporary plots to family-oriented backyards and container gardens that make maximum use of minimum space." Booklist
"Provides ideas and stunning examples of the inspired havens being created in backyards and on balconies and rooftops all over the world." The Avant Gardener
Book News Annotation:
Urbanites, the book suggests, need natural sanctuary more than rurals. Toward that end, harried wage slaves with enough cash are urged to consider design of their garden in terms of space and scale, light, soil, water, and plants. Then, how to approach the garden, whether it be to create a sense of cultural mystery and magic (mostly through props and configurations), or the feel of nature further from cultural manipulation. Other topics include creating rooms with garden views, balcony retreats, and "family havens." Color photos illustrate the design concepts and a small, annotated directory of plants provides a finish.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
By presenting examples of innovative designs from both private and communal inner-city gardens all over the world, this book invites urban gardeners everywhere to create an inspiring outdoor haven no matter how limited available space may be. As well as showcasing design ideas for varied styles of peaceful and refreshing inner-city gardens, Stephen Anderton offers practical advice on the basic design elements necessary to create any urban sanctuary, including a consideration of soil, light, space, scale, and water, together with plant use and appearance. Examples provided include low maintenance minimalist gardens, family-friendly havens, gardens with soothing water features, roof terraces and balcony retreats, indoor-outdoor rooms, and natural style gardens. Designs and practical tips are given to create each of these different garden styles.
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