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The Jewel Box Garden
Synopses & Reviews
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could describe your garden as a jewel box full of beautiful plant treasures? In this sequel to the bestselling Shocking Beauty, garden impresario Thomas Hobbs shows you how.
The Jewel Box Garden is a luscious, full-color book that features 160 new and startling photos by renowned garden photographer David McDonald. In 12 chapters with titles such as "Gilding The Lily" and "Thinking Like a Plant," Hobbs explains his philosophy of gardening and life, or as he puts it, "Life As We Dream It Could Be." In his own provocative and highly original way, he encourages gardeners to tap into their creativity and invest their heart and soul in creating oases of beauty — intimate spaces where they can escape the pressures of modern life.
"[A] brilliantly produced and gorgeously illustrated new tome....[A] resonant philosophy that transcends gardening to encompass a talent for living life to its fullest." Booklist
"An unabashed revel in aesthetics, complemented by McDonald's large and luscious photos on every page ...It gets my vote for the most beautiful garden book of the year." Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine
"Hobbs offers a view of gardening that is intense, lavish, spectacular, brilliant, sexy and a fabulous vision of what can be achieved when culture, cash and climate combine." Trevor Nottle, Torrens Valley TAFE, Center for Horticulture
Book News Annotation:
In this sequel to Shocking Beauty (1999), garden writer/ nurseryman Hobbs--who views gardening as therapy--offers tips on transforming gardens into bejeweled treasures. Garden photographer David McDonald gives visual form to this philosophy. E.g., in the chapter whimsically titled "Tastes like chicken, " Hobbes focuses on creative use of tender succulents. Lastly, he discusses connecting with one's spirituality and unconscious via plants and garden art. Lacks suggested reading and resources. 10 x 10".
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Thomas Hobbs was "born obsessed with plants" and had his first greenhouse at age six. He has gone on to become an internationally known impresario of garden and floral design. He runs Southlands Nursery in Vancouver, Canada, and his private garden has been featured in many prominent magazines, including Horticulture, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens and Garden Design. Tom has a weekly TV show, has been featured on Martha Stewart Living, and gives popular lectures across North America on inspirational garden design.
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