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Diarmuid Gavin
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2 Oct 2003
Full of striking and original ways to transform your garden, this is a sourcebook which includes many plans and ideas for garden design and planning. Bored with bedding plants? Challenge the "sameness" of suburbia with Darmuid Gavin's ideas and advice.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 1st edition (2 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405300167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405300162
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 24 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gardeners Monthly with a lively bustling layout, this book is quite a design feat in itself. Heat Magazine Amazing photography accompanies the text, which is written with his characteristic Irish charm." The People "a weird and wonderful blend of outdoor planning

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same again! 7 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is a lovely book, but unfortunately most of the photos are duplicates of those found in his earlier book "Diarmund Gavin's - Big Ideas". It has some good 3D models and "mood boards" showing his inspirations for the designs, but is probably only worth buying if you haven't got his earlier book...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A coffee table book 16 Mar 2004
By Valerie Fletcher Adolph VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This book is really a portfolio of “25 cutting-edge gardens with inspirations, original drawings and plans”. It’s a coffee table book with a photo of a really hunky young man on the cover.
I enjoyed the writer’s relaxed style, especially in his introduction - he sounds like a thoroughly likeable, decent bloke who has lucked into a really great gig. I enjoyed his assessment of many modernist garden designers. He writes, “...many designers have usurped the movement’s title and poorly mimicked its smooth, sleek lines to produce gardens that are starkly architectural, ordered, precise, and to my mind soulless.” Amen to that. I also liked his obvious joy in gardening and his attempts, wherever possible, to save and protect as much as possible of existing gardens.
But I’ll admit to being a philistine. I garden because I love the earth and growing plants. Sticking a bunch of architectural objects, bumps, lumps, spheres, eggs et al - all over a garden leaves me cold. For the rest of you, who appreciate the opportunity to look over the designers shoulder and watch him take an idea from imagination through inspiration through planning and detailing the final garden, this should be a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars outer this world 21 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is a good book with some nice ideas. The construction of the book is nice and good glossy pages. Nice to have lying around the house when visitors would just indulge them in pure inspiration. Its worth getting the other books by Diarmuid Gavin.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Coffee Table Book 16 Mar 2004
By Valerie Fletcher Adolph - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is really a portfolio of "25 cutting-edge gardens with inspirations, original drawings and plans". It's a coffee table book with a photo of a really hunky young man on the cover.
I enjoyed the writer's relaxed style, especially in his introduction - he sounds like a thoroughly likeable, decent bloke who has lucked into a really great gig. I enjoyed his assessment of many modernist garden designers. He writes, "...many designers have usurped the movement's title and poorly mimicked its smooth, sleek lines to produce gardens that are starkly architectural, ordered, precise, and to my mind soulless." Amen to that. I also liked his obvious joy in gardening and his attempts, wherever possible, to save and protect as much as possible of existing gardens.
But I'll admit to being a philistine. I garden because I love the earth and growing plants. Sticking a bunch of architectural objects, bumps, lumps, spheres, eggs et al - all over a garden leaves me cold. For the rest of you, who appreciate the opportunity to look over the designers shoulder and watch him take an idea from imagination through inspiration through planning and detailing the final garden, this should be a treat.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A coffee table book 16 Mar 2004
By Valerie Fletcher Adolph - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is really a portfolio of "25 cutting-edge gardens with inspirations, original drawings and plans". It's a coffee table book with a photo of a really hunky young man on the cover.
I enjoyed the writer's relaxed style, especially in his introduction - he sounds like a thoroughly likeable, decent bloke who has lucked into a really great gig. I enjoyed his assessment of many modernist garden designers. He writes, "...many designers have usurped the movement's title and poorly mimicked its smooth, sleek lines to produce gardens that are starkly architectural, ordered, precise, and to my mind soulless." Amen to that. I also liked his obvious joy in gardening and his attempts, wherever possible, to save and protect as much as possible of existing gardens.
But I'll admit to being a philistine. I garden because I love the earth and growing plants. Sticking a bunch of architectural objects, bumps, lumps, spheres, eggs et al - all over a garden leaves me cold. For the rest of you, who appreciate the opportunity to look over the designers shoulder and watch him take an idea from imagination through inspiration through planning and detailing the final garden, this should be a treat.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 8 Feb 2009
By R. Thun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book. So much more interesting than most gardens. Plant your veggies outside the silver egg bar and sip a beer with your fresh carrots. The designs are so clean and inspiring. Wish he had more info on how he built some of the items, but the fiberglass sculptural planters are the bomb.
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