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Designing borders
Kingsbury, Noël.
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Publication Information:
London : Cassell Illustrated, [2003]

Physical Description:
192 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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SB424 .K57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB424 .K57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB424 .K57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Seven renowned masters have created a brilliant handbook of stylish borders that anyone can copy at home. Such well-known names as Penelope Hobhouse, John Brookes, Piet Oudolf, Sandra and Nori Pope, and Robert Golby each contribute four completely original layouts-all with full planting plans, gorgeous photos, plant portraits, and three-dimensional realizations. The borders cover every situation, season, and taste: ranging from sunny Mediterranean, shady woodland and colorful summer to oriental, single color and easy care, they all have the stamp of their designer's individuality and personality. Gardeners looking for inspiration will find new perspectives here to devise a successful and attractive border.

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Booklist Review

Throwing down the gardening gauntlet to six of his fellow designers,ingsbury gathered some of the horticultural world's most respected voices, asking them to let their creative hearts and imaginations run wild by developing four original garden designs, not for any specific client, but for the sole purpose of illustrating how experts overcome the same design challenges and solve the same practical problems any gardener can face. From sunny meadows to shady glens, each fully-developed plan is accompanied by detailed layouts, plant profiles, material lists, and useful inside information on care and maintenance. Tantalizing photographs and 3-D illustrations further aid gardeners in visualizing and defining their goals.ingsbury examines essential subjects such as lighting, soil, and siting; evaluates aesthetic criteria, then thoughtfully cross-references the contributing designers who address these issues in detail. The result is a distinctive resource of exquisite ideas that provides the inspirational spark and reassuring advice required to create spectacular gardens. --Carol Haggas Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

British garden designer Kingsbury (The New Perennial Garden) takes an innovative approach to addressing the problems faced by the average gardener. He has invited six other prominent designers, including Penelope Hobhouse and Piet Oudolf, to contribute plans for four borders for specific conditions in a medium-sized garden. While the plans are detailed enough to include the number of plants required, the focus is always on the creative reasoning behind the design. This combination of inspiration and practical advice, along with stunning color photographs, helps this book transcend both the typical how-to manual and the typical picture book of beautiful but impractical landscapes. The plants suggested for each border can be selected based on local needs and climate, making these plans eminently suitable for all American gardens. Kingsbury also provides a concise introduction to the history of borders and the practicalities of creating them, as well as a respectful and concise description of the designers' philosophies and careers. Recommended for all gardening collections.-Daniel Starr, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.