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The Ultimate Garden Designer Paperback – 26 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; New Ed edition (26 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841881139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841881133
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Leagues above the common garden design primer. Superb photographs with the best depth of focus seen in any gardening book. Recommended."--"Library Journal" " Focuses on garden highlights, such as pools, pergolas, gazebos, and brick pavings, with concise planting plans."--"Booklist"

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The Ultimate Garden Designer has so far sold over 200,000 copies to the UK and Export markets. In 2007 the Gardening genre was worth GBP17.6 million. Tim Newbury is an expert in the field of garden design, and has designed and built several gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, all of which have won awards, including three Gold Medals. Garden design is now more popular than ever - annual attendance at the Chelsea Flower Show has had to be capped at 157,000 paying visitors to ensure visitor comfort (with day-tickets costing GBP41 each), and BBC Two's coverage of the show has attracted over 2.5 million viewers (over 11% of the viewing public). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm1973 on 15 Jan. 2003
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I'd give this 3 and a half stars.
There are many very specific plans (eg Japanese, for the disabled, wildlife). These also give plant lists, which some other books don't, and the plans are useful and attractive. I don't like the fact that it's arranged according to purpose rather than plot size & shape, but loads of different plots are covered within each section. My preference is influenced by having a long garden whish is my biggest concern.
I find the 2nd section, on specific features such as containers, too basic - you may well have better information elswhere.
I prefer Robin Williams' book, The Garden Planner, but it doesn't give anywhere near as many suggestions of plants, so if you're really into this subject it would be worth getting both. (The reason I prefer the other one is that it has better information on how to survey your garden at the start; nice photographs; and a layout that suits my needs.) But I'm glad I got both!
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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2001
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I have many books on garden design, and borrowed more from the library. Tim Newbury's book is easy to read, full of ideas, with planting schemes, and alternative layouts to suit gardens of varying shapes.
He covers cottage gardens, kitchen gardens, gardens for entertaining, family gardens, gardens for the disabled, the plant enthusiasts' garden, water gardens, japanese-style gardens, formal gardens, coastal gardens, wildlife gardens, woodland gardens, front gardens and roof gardens. He covers every aspect of gardens, including specific ideas for garden features, pools, streams and water features, rock gardens, pergolas and arches, summerhouses, gazebos etc, patios and paving, steps, slopes, walls, fences, trellises, screens, beds and borders, herb gardens pots and containers. All this plus a plant directory.
His schemes are realistic for today's gardeners and will give anyone wanting help to plan their garden a whole host of inspirations, be it a corner you want to reorganise - to a whole garden layout. I heartily recommend this book - A must for gardeners' bookshelf!
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug. 2001
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Along with a few other landscaping/design books this is a must-have. If planning from scratch the variety of ideas and layouts provide the framework for good and exciting garden design. Broken down into themes, the attention to detail, diagrams and representations are excellent. Whether you want to replicate the ideas or use them as guides to develop your own schemes you won't be disappointed.
Including the use of plant, trees, landscaping materials, layouts and water features it is excellent value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Witton on 15 April 2009
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I bought this book on the reccomendation of a fellow gardener and I am delighted with the content. This is not a book for the proffessional garden designer but is brilliant for the amateur. You do need a certain amount of gardening know-how to get the best from this book but the "off the peg" designs with variants for different size gardens will be a godsend for the capable but wary gardener who does not want want to waste loads of hard earned cash on experiments that may fail. Follow these designs and you will never win a Gold at Chelsea but you will have a garden to be proud of.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2002
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This book takes the myth out of garden design, I found it an inspiriation for my garden and have now started sketching designs for other people with good success. The second part of the book 'Garden Features' is both informative and incredibly practical, offering good variations to common themes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hollyberry on 20 May 2011
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We have a blank slate of a garden to work on and this book - along with others - will give us some inspiration as there are a few interesting ideas. Not for the plantsman so much, but for the design ideas as the title indicates
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan. 2001
I bought this book to help with the design of my front garden, and found some excellent ideas and inspirations. The book gives you advise on all aspects you can think of from building a pergola to designing a patio, if you are stuck for ideas this is the book to help you ,with plenty of garden layouts large and small for you to adapt to your own needs.
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A very practical book for anyone setting out to design their own garden. It gives lots of plans and suggestions for planting in all kinds of conditions. Also it is realistic about gardens for ordinary people. I have obtained many books on garden design and this is one of only two that I would want to hang onto as I plan the landscaping around my house. A good DIY manual.
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