Synopses & Reviews
Picking up where the best-selling Garden House left off, Garden Home: City demonstrates how to infuse an apartment, loft, flat, or other city home with the spirit of the garden. Clusters of yellow blossoms in brightly colored pails on a sill create a flower bed where theres no space for one. Carefully arranged indoor topiaries bring the whimsy of a manicured garden inside. And a wall painted the vivid color of a favorite flower adds warmth and vibrancy to a small room. Garden Home: City also shows how to soften the boundaries between indoors and out with the creative use of window boxes, fire escapes, and balcony gardens. Anyone who lives in an urban setting will appreciate this richly illustrated, inspirational guide to transforming any space into a modern-day Eden.
This slender book speaks as eloquently with photographs as it does with words.
It's a treat to page through and look at the photos. But those who stop to read will also benefit.
With chapters devoted to the city house, small apartment, city flat and loft, the book shows - and explains - how to choose reminders of the outdoors for a tightly edited space. It's a given that artificial flowers or arrangements are excluded. The author makes a convincing case for appreciating a bit of real nature every day, even if it's as basic as collected river rocks and interesting dry branches.
Dahan is a perennial and herb gardener who has written two previous garden books; photographer Sullivan has had work published by House Beautiful and several books.
For any small area, the author suggests blurring the boundaries between outdoors and indoors as a way to expand space. One suggestion: Place a mirror to reflect a garden view and bring it inside.
Simple ideas are sprinkled throughout. For a floral mantelpiece, wreathe a hanging mirror with live ivy. Or add a rustic woven branch sofa table to an otherwise contemporary setting.
A tiny rooftop garden carpeted in grass, with wall-hung pots of flowers, offers a park setting stories above the real thing. Another rooftop retreat near an elevator structure screens some of the view through dried bamboo stalks sunk into a low slate bench.
If you live in a small space, you may want to make room for this book. -The Oregonian
About the Author
Bonnie Trust Dahan is an organic gardener, herbalist, and author of Garden House and Garden Home: City. She lives in Marin County, California.
Shaun Sullivan's photographs have appeared in magazines such as House Beautiful and several books, including Garden House and Flowers for the Table (0-8118-3093-4). He lives in the Bay Area.