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by Lucy Hardiman,C. Colston Burrell

An intimate garden is just right for those who want welcoming outdoor spaces that smoothly integrate home and backyard, but are simply too busy for larger projects. From Brooklyn Botanical Garden guides, which the New York Times Book Review called "a brilliant collection of gardening books," comes wonderfully expert design, decoration, and cultivation advice for any region. Two esteemed, award-winning authors reveal how to get started; figure out the best shape for the space; work to the correct scale and proportion; add walls, fences, trellises, and hedges; put in terraces and decks; and select excellent trees, shrubs, and perennials. A plant encyclopedia covers all hardiness zones.
Download Intimate Gardens (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide) epub
ISBN: 1889538655
ISBN13: 978-1889538655
Category: Home
Subcategory: Gardening & Landscape Design
Author: Lucy Hardiman,C. Colston Burrell
Language: English
Publisher: Brooklyn Botanic Garden; 1st edition (February 1, 2005)
Pages: 120 pages
ePUB size: 1621 kb
FB2 size: 1336 kb
Rating: 4.9
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A great idea book!
INTIMATE GARDENS by Burrell and Hardiman provides tips for the gardener with a small urban space or a larger ex-urban space in need of humanizing. These days, most gardeners are not faced with the enviable task of creating intimate spaces in an otherwise vast, undifferentiated but potential garden area. Nevertheless, we may dream of someday owning such a spread and being faced with this challenge. In the meantime, we can take many of the authors suggestions regarding plant selections for small spaces to heart.

Most of this short Brooklyn Botanic Garden monograph is dedicated to "Furnishing an Intimate Garden" a large section which discusses trees and shrubs, as well as perennials, vines, and groundcovers.

The authors include an abbreviated variant of the latest USDA zone hardiness map-showing undifferentiated or collapsed growing zones (Zone 5, 6, etc. not 5A, 5B, etc.) and state boundaries. However the illustrations (such as the map) and the gardens and plant photos are mostly beautiful.

Although the back cover suggests this book covers garden design, very few designs for intimate garden spaces are discussed or even pictured (not a single layout). A more comprehensive discussion about the design of intimate garden spaces, can be found in THE OUTDOOR ROOM by David Stevens so if you own that old book, this one does not update it. The Stevens book remains relatively pricey, so you may want to visit your library to check it out. However, Stevens includes plenty of actual garden design layouts, and one or two will probably appeal to you. The Stevens book is irritatingly short on information about plant material, however, so not adequate for the task of creating intimate garden spaces.

You will want to buy the Burrell and Hardiman book for the discussion of plant materials, but see also - Burrell's `Perennial Combinations' which does include some garden designs-although limited to perennials.