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Gardening with light & color
Abbott, Marylyn.
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Publication Information:
London : Kyle Cathie, 2000.

Physical Description:
159 pages ; color illustrations 27 cm
General Note:
Original published in 1999 with the title Gardening with light & colour.
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Central Library SB454.3.C64 A23 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Her experience of nurturing gardens in both Australia and England has helped the author of this book to explore and develop theories on light and colour in the garden. Magenta, for example, a colour too heavy and draining for the garden under the glaring Australian sun, is well-suited to the shady corner of an English garden. The book encourages gardeners to reassess their favourite flowers and how they are planted, describing how a flower bed or border can be revitalized through simple observation of the light patterns and sky colours on a garden plot, and a mixing of colours.

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Booklist Review

Good gardeners already know how important the quantity of light is in garden planning; this book explores how the quality of light also contributes to landscape design. Abbott has two very different gardens on opposite sides of the world, and while designing for the disparate environments of England and Australia, she discovered how varying intensities of light affect a plant's color, and therefore its landscape uses. Often defying conventional wisdom, she recommends, for example, deep, jeweltoned flowers in dark or small spaces where they surprisingly convey richness and warmth. Her descriptions are equally evocative: massed yellow flowers mimic a "pool of melted butter," while a bed of dahlias, knautias, and lychnis resembles a "late summer Vatican meeting." Such creative imagery does not simply stand on its own merits, however, as Abbott teams with renowned photographer Perry to lavishly illustrate the book with breathtaking images. Like the best of gardens, this book is an inspiring combination of beauty and practicality. --Carol Haggas

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