Pocket Gardens: Big Ideas for Small Spaces

Pocket Gardens: Big Ideas for Small Spaces - Gardening Book

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Pocket Gardens:
Big Ideas for Small Spaces

IBSN: 0688168302
Hardcover; 204 pages ; Dimensions: 9 1/2 X 9 1/2
by James Grayson Trulove

Outdoor spaces that are modest in size can be viewed as opportunities for creating gardens that are both visually stunning and highly functional. Pocket Gardens: Big Ideas for Small Spaces presents more than thirty gardens by twenty noted landscape architects and shows how sophisticated landscaped looks can be achieved in confined garden spaces.

All of the gardens are displayed in full color photographs complete with garden plans and details. Ways in which small outdoor spaces are made to appear larger are addressed--such as screens, terracing, "the borrowed view," water as a reflective device, and Japanese garden design techniques. Also shown are paving techniques and planting solutions.

Many of these gardens have just one function, serving as an outdoor shower or a dining area. Others have many uses from outdoor recreation and entertaining to providing a secluded area for contemplation. All employ an astounding array of materials and design approaches that suggest big ideas for transforming a small plot into a grand garden experience.

The first book in a new series, Pocket Gardens provides design solutions from professional landscape architects for small garden spaces. Landscaped looks that may have seemed possible only in large areas can be achieved on a small terrace or patio, a roof or townhouse garden, or on a small lot-and this book shows readers how. Each garden features a "big idea"-the design solution that makes that garden special.

More than thirty gardens by twenty noted landscape architects are presented with beautiful color photographs, along with plans and drawings that provide detailed guidance. Readers are shown ways to achieve a range of looks, from a traditional New England garden to an avant garde garden fashioned from recycled glass. Professional tricks are revealed, including how to make small outdoor spaces appear larger using screening devices, terracing, "the borrowed view," and water to create reflections, as well as paving and planting techniques.

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