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Homefront in the Garden Hardcover – 7 Dec 2000


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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (7 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056355102X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563551027
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 22 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Diarmuid Gavin came to popular attention as the gardening half of the design team in the television series Home Front, with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (Ginger to Gavin's Fred). Home Front in the Garden sees him on his own, showcasing his striking architectural garden fantasies. It would be safe to say that these tend to the extravagant end of the garden spectrum, a long way from the flower-filled paradises of Vita Sackville-West or Rosemary Verey. Gavin confesses to being inspired by, among other influences, the sets of old Star Trek episodes. This is postmodernist gardening with a vengeance. A long, narrow garden is transversely divided by a huge steel shark's fin; a serpentine hill, studded with lights, extends the length of another space, ending in a mound that conceals a cave; a glass cube room hovers above a pool surrounded by a rainforest garden of ferns and other flowerless exotics. Gavin provides a comprehensive outline of the principles underlying his approach and explores in some depth the properties of the materials, some of them new, some merely new to the garden, which allow him to express with such vividness the personalities and lifestyles of his patrons. Nor does he neglect plants. A number of detailed case-studies show his ideas and theories at work. This is powerfully inspirational gardening, though definitely not for the nervous. --Robin Davidson

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A garden doesn't have to have wild or unexpected twists to excite me. Planting is foremost ¡V whether set out by a designer or arrived at over years in a haphazard manner. I've been learning about gardening for a long time and that journey has led me through a period of creating a variety of styles. Some have been beautiful, some have been bland. The lack of a market for the more progressive ideas led to a personal stagnation for some years and it is only now thorough Home Front in the Garden that I feel that I am back learning. It has been a fascinating experience exploring the use of some new materials, colours and plants in a more subtle and yet challenging way, a combination of suburban, traditional and modern. It is these ideas together with my passion for plants that I bring to you in this book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec. 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a new gardner this book has given me so much information about things to do in the garden without having to rely on too much plant knowledge. if you want something different in your garden then this is the book for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darren on 10 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
If you enjoyed the series, whether or not you could live with all the designs in your own garden, this book gives an excellent insight into Diarmuid's thought processes behind the overall schemes. There are interesting suggestions on how to create suitable designs including good ideas for types and uses of plants you may not have previously considered. There is a good balance between the description of the briefs, the thinking behind the designs, and the excellent photographs that do the gardens more justice than even the series managed. If you want to incorporate some unusual elements into your garden (even if not to Dairmuid's scale) this book certainly gives you much to think about.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard Artes on 1 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found the book (and the series) awe-inspiring. I just sat there with my mouth open - this is definately not Alan Titchmarsh in Ground Force. Fantastic coffee table book, but I relly can't see may people actually having the courage or persistance to pull off anything as stunning as these designs, but at least it will inspire you to go outside. But when you get outside - the reality of your garden is so far different from anything in this book, it is hard to make the leap. ....
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Format: Hardcover
What a fantastic book. The book that we all have been waiting for. While not knocking the old fashioned way of tending gardens with roses, borders and vegetable plots, Diarmuid manages to convert I am sure even those who have never had a thought or any inclination to get out in the garden. He makes the whole aspect of garden design and use a new pleasure to be enjoyed by the previously unconverted and uninspired. I for one, can't wait to get out there and continue with what you inspired us to do last year (what a transformation), nor can I wait for the next book!! A wonderful and inspiring read - congratulations Diarmuid.
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