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Family Gardens: How to Create Magical Spaces for All Ages [Spiral-bound]

Bunny Guinness
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28 Mar 2008
A well-planned garden can work on many levels. It can be a safe and exciting play environment for children, at the same time as being a place where adults can relax. "Family Gardens" shows you how to balance aesthetics with innovative ideas to create the perfect space for the whole family.From treehouses to water features, pets to planting and playhouses to outside entertaining, "Family Gardens" is packed with exciting, achievable projects, all with clear instructions and diagrams.Whatever the size of your outdoor space - from the small city garden to larger, open spaces - there are ideas and projects here to help everyone to maximise the potential of their garden. The new edition of the hugely popular "Family Gardens" is in a user-friendly wire-o format, with instructions for projects broken down into easy-to-follow steps.


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  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 4th Revised edition edition (28 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071532795X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715327951
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 22.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review from BBC Good Homes - This brilliant book is packed with everything from how to build a treehouse to creating a mini golf course, all in a handy ring-bound finish. --BBC Good Homes

About the Author

Bunny Guinness is at the peak of the garden design profession and proud owner of 5 gold medals from the Chelsea Flower Show. She has a degree in horticulture and is a qualified Landscape Architect. Since setting up her own practice in 1986, her work has taken her all over the world and has ranged from designing family gardens to landscaped grounds for hospitals and offices. She has appeared regularly on TV and radio. Bunny lives in Cambridgeshire, UK.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Spiral-bound
While I cannot deny that this is a beautifully photographed book, with some idyllic suggestions for children's outdoor play spaces, I was very disappointed to find it wholly impractical for what you might call the 'everyday garden'. I chose to buy this book, out of the numerous other guides to family gardening on offer, based on the previous two reviews - which I think miss out on some crucial points. Yes, I could build a willow teepee, or a sandpit, and the stone sink barbecue is fabulous and I'm going to attempt one this weekend, but without an available woodland, ancient tree, terrace or orchard, I would say that 75% of this book is but a pipe dream for me to indulge myself in. My own garden is not particularly small, but neither is it particularly large, and even the 'small city garden' suggestions (with a pool and summerhouse on stilts) are more ambitious in scale than most city - or even town- gardens I know could seek to adopt.
I've got an ordinary rectangular plot backing onto a Victorian cottage, a reasonable size patio, maybe 25 ft of lawn and a stone outbuilding, so I have some scope to play with even if it's a little limited -and I will certainly be attempting to recreate some of the more modest projects in 'Family Gardens'. However, this isn't the 'one stop shop' book I was hoping for... I'll need to carry on looking to find ideas that I can realistically recreate in my little bit of England's green and pleasant land. I can't fault the magic of this book, or the quality of its images and text, but I think the statement 'Whatever the size of your outdoor space...' is just a bit misleading. If I had seen this in a bookshop, I would have picked it up with interest, felt rather excited flicking through, but ultimately returned it to the shelf realising the fantasy treehouses, wild flower meadows and water gardens were, sadly, just out of my league.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and practical 17 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Bunny Guinness writes from personal experience about the joys and difficulties of making a garden, not just for children, but the whole family, to enjoy. We've had enormous fun planting a few dead sticks in a circle and watching them grow into a real live willow wigwam, based on an idea in the book. Our two children love sitting inside - and so does their father - to sneak a quiet read of the Sunday papers. The only downside on this wonderful outdoor house, has been the plague of wasps which for some reason appear attracted to something exuded from the willow. Glad to say, the wasps have now gone.... Great book.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those with children - and those without! 23 April 2001
Format:Paperback
This book is inpirational. It is overflowing with wonderfull ideas to make your garden a place for everyone. From topiary to treehouses, from barbecues to borders - this book discusses everything you may ask, and a lot more besides. it doesn't matter on the size or shape or location of your garden, 'Family Gardens' address all. With beautiful photographs, wonderful yet simple diagrams, and an easy reading style Bunny Guinness has created a fabulous must have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but... 29 Jun 2011
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This is a nice book. It's got some lovely photos and some lovely ideas. I've had it almost a year and haven't done any of the projects yet even though I keep it to hand. The ideas are nice and certainly some are possible but I found the projects a bit plain or a bit unenticing in relation to some of the less attainable ideas in there. Some of the more advanced suggestions of ideas and the accompanying photos aren't translated into projects. But it's inspirational. It's a good kick starter book. And although shorter than I expected I like it and it's worth the small investment. Who knows, I might put some of the projects to work this summer yet. Or I might still be dreaming about them next summer. Let me put it like this. It was worth coming back to give a positive review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The gardening book I've been searching for! 5 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've amassed quite a collection of gardening books in my search for the book to help me turn a small plot into the perfect garden for a child to play in, but I have found The One with this book. Other reviews poke fun at the idea of a "small city garden" that has space for a pool and summerhouse. It does tickle me that as far as the author is concerned there are garden designs to suit every size of garden. However, the designs are all gardens that she has actually designed and created, and if your garden was the size of ours and most readers you wouldn't be hiring award winning garden designer Bunny Guiness to give it a makeover, so that is the smallest garden design she is going to stick in her book, to be fair. There are still elements and ideas you can use even if you're not going to be able to squeeze in a wildflower meadow, woodland area and bamboo maze. I will be whiling away many Winter evenings after the child is in bed poring over this book and fantasising about which ideas I will be trying to recreate in an awkward shaped small plot when the weather gets better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Gardens 3 Jan 2012
By Hilary
Format:Paperback
Book arrived promptly and in excellent condition as described. Had planned to give it as a gift to my son who is really into recycling and I think he thought it was new. Very good value for money.
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