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Joe's Urban Garden Handbook [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Joe Swift
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5 Mar 2010
Any outdoor space in an urban environment, however small, is an invaluable bonus. Here, expert garden designer Joe Swift shows us how to create an area that meets all your practical and style requirements whilst making the best use of every inch of available space. Familiar to many as the co-presenter of BBC's Gardeners World, Joe's practical and attractive ideas will enable you to create your own personal Eden. Chapters take you through the initial assessment and planning stages, to selecting suitable plants and hard materials, quick makeovers and year-round maintenance to keep your garden looking at its best. Joe reveals how to make the most of existing elements, how to conceal less pleasing aspects, and how to create privacy and the illusion of space so that you can make the very most of whatever space you have. And, throughout, Joe remains cost-conscious, aware that redesigning a garden can be an expensive endeavour.


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; paperback edition (5 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844008371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844008377
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Joe Swift comes to the rescue with his insider tips for creating your own mini paradise' --Guardian Weekend

'All the ideas and inspiration are there to make a sensational outdoor room for all seasons' --Evening Standard

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"Swift...reveals his top quick tricks to reorganising the outdoor space." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 8 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
I got given this book as a gift by my girlfriend. Contains loads of good non-fussy advice and information, cleanly presented (the photos are really excellent). I had no idea just how much you can do with a small space and how much you can do yourself without spending a fortune. Has definitely inspired me to finally get around to doing something with my back yard (much to my girlfriends delight!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My new garden design bible 5 Sep 2008
By Kaz
Format:Hardcover
I was just about to have a go at my small garden myself and had a vague idea of what I wanted to do. I'm so glad I didn't do it as this book has completely changed my approach, and now I know what I want. The pics are good (mainly modern gardens) and its written in an honest, unfussy style by someone who obviously has a lot of experience. I wish it had some plans that I could copy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Emteq VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If your ideal garden tends towards the minimalist, "outdoor room", contemporary style with plenty of cor-ten steel then this book is for you.

All the designs rely heavily on extensive groundworks, strongly coloured walls and fences and gravel. The planting is often mono-chromatic and reliant on repeated 'architectural' plants and grasses.

If that's what you're looking for, this book is bang on with plant lists and lavish pictures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
While I was enjoying a day out in Saltaire Mill in Bingley West Yorkshire, I ended up in their large book store. This is where I spotted Joe's Urban Garden Handbook and had a quick scan inside. Immediately after seeing some of the fabulous pictures I was hooked on the idea of transforming my small back yard into a chic food producing Urban space. I read the book and soon afterward purchasing the book I was measuring, drawing and planning my outdoor space.
I was excited and I am still excited with this book, so much so that when I saw one copy in an oxfam shop I bought it to keep in my car.
The book has inspired me to re-create my small untidy back yard to a relaxing, food producing, green outdoor paradise. It is now an area that I will spend much more time right through out the year. Still and ongoing project this book is an inspiration and on going reference for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas but really a coffee table book 7 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
Lots of nice pictures but frankly nothing on what plants to buy, how to prepare designs etc. It's very nice but superficial and I'll need to buy a book with the names of the plants etc to actually realise any of the concepts.
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