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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; New Ed edition (5 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071121218X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711212183
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An inspirational guide to garden design, this is a must-have for anyone interested in landscaping or re-designing their garden. (Living North)

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"This is the fifth reprint of a book first published in 1990 which says something in itself. Williams, an award winning designer of more than 1,200 gardens himself, sets out here to impart practical advice through the many stages of designing and constructing a garden. An excellent, highly useful and informative little book, now in softback format , for the serious gardener. Everyone from lords of the manor to the owner of a new semi could benefit from this."

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128 of 128 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2000
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Robin Williams'books are the best in their genre. In this title, the author thouroghly explains the basics of garden design and offers a multitude of ready-made garden plans, all beautifully illustrated and easily adaptable to any garden, particularly smaller ones. All types of "problem" sites are covered; the triangular plot, the front garden, the very narrow plot and the sloping plot. Every possible garden style, as well as examples of special features such as fences, pergolas, steps etc are also featured. The author tries to de- mystify garden design - anyone can do it, and with this book and the million insipirational ideas that come with it, garden design has never been this fun and easy.
I can't say enough good things about this book, every gardener should own one. It's worth its weight in gold.
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122 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. Farrell on 12 July 2003
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This book combined photographs and drawings of gardens, so that anyone wanting to try their hand at design or who have experience of design can use the ideas and implement them in their gardens. I liked the examples of 'long narrow garden' or 'the family garden', which gave colourful drawings of ways to transform and accentuate certain features. It also showed how to draw a garden design, analysing a garden for soil, direction and existing features, etc. At the back of the book are listings of plants that like to grow in certain areas and soil types, etc, which is handy for a quick guide to what will grow in your own garden. I liked this book, and have used it to show my friends how to plan their garden.
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145 of 147 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2002
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This book is brilliant as it is easy to follow and could potentially turn you into a garden designer in a few hours! All basic concepts that render gardens more interesting are revealed. I particularly liked the design strategies engaged to entice visitors to explore every corner of the finished garden. An extensive number of examples are given with detailed designs shown on plan and in perspective.
I spent a lot of money on various books on the subject, only to find out that this was the only book i needed! Unless you want to go into specifics such as pond or water feature construction that is.
Incredible value for money.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm1973 on 15 Jan. 2003
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I'm really pleased with this. It has big sections on every shape of garden - small & square, long & narrow, wide, all around the house, L shape etc. There are several plans for each shape. The section on surveying your garden is particularly well done.
I would prefer more plant suggestions throughout, and there is very little about using colour. However these subjects are covered better by specific books (eg The Gardener's Book of Colour).
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2002
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Beautifully illustrated and very readble book with plenty of ideas and information on planning different types of gardens. The book gives layout plans and guidance for designing your own plot. Only downside is there is little information on including water features in your garden.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on 29 July 2006
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Buy this book even if you are not in need of ideas-it is a joy to browse through! Beautifully illustrated with photographs and water coloured drawings and with clearly laid out design plans, it is inspirational. There are no lumps of concrete or rusted metal here---just exquisite, traditional, practical gardens for differing situations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Mackinnon on 5 May 2009
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This is a great little book with lovely pictures of lovely gardens - it also has some handy tips about planning your garden - it certainly helped me and gave me some much needed inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By granulka on 15 Mar. 2013
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This book is what I needed. Explained step by step, what to consider, how to work with what you have and what you dream of. Together with this book I also bought "RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design" - which is much thicker and bigger and heavier, and not bad, but this one is a real hit with me. A must-have.
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