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Outer spaces
Gavin, Diarmuid.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : DK Publishing, [2003]

Physical Description:
256 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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SB472.45 .G38 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Innovative designer, Diarmuid Gavin takes garden design into a new dimension in this inspirational book, presenting his most exciting and challenging work. An in-depth study of 28 gardens, from inception through finished design, provides plans and describes planting details and the materials used. Special features reveal the inspirations behind Diarmuid's work, which range from the world of art and architecture to cars and fashion. Stunning photographs convey the excitement of the designs and the beauty of the planting, while lively text communicates Diarmuid's passion and vision.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This flashy volume from gardener Gavin?who?s well known in the U.K. for his TV show?focuses on outdoor landscaping and architecture. Gavin details 28 gardens (most of which are for contemporary structures) and helps readers envision how changes can be made to their own yards. Collages of photos dominate the book, which is organized thematically with chapters on topics like ?Unwind,? ?Play,? ?Inspire? and ?Dream.? In a chapter entitled ?Party,? for example, Gavin shows a stark metal-and-glass pavilion set within a wooded garden. A long table and wood-and-metal chairs appear inside the pavilion; outside, a water fountain bubbles from the ground. Gavin?s plan layouts are clear and functional throughout the volume, but at times the orgy of images can overwhelm the reader. This book?s over-the-top designs may not be suited to everyone?s taste, but Gavin?s obvious enthusiasm for his subject is likely to draw many readers in. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

Gavin made a name for himself as a "rock'n'roll" garden designer in the United Kingdom and Ireland through his writing and show on the BBC. Here, he showcases his widely popular style. After an introductory section devoted to his mentors, design philosophy, and approach, Gavin presents thematically grouped profiles of 25 of his stylish, contemporary landscape creations. He describes the process of making each garden and discusses the diverse influences (e.g., architecture, fashion, and popular culture) that have inspired their composition. Maps, planting plans, and a highlight of architectural details are provided in each profile. The book itself is a bit overdone, much like a trendy fashion or interior design magazine, with visual elements subordinating text (sometimes nearly unreadable owing to color, jarringly varying typeface size, and discordant overlayering). Useful only as a supplement to more practical, readable, and equally inspiring titles on contemporary garden design (e.g., Richard Hartlage's Bold Visions for the Garden).-Brian Lym, City Coll. Lib. of San Francisco (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.