Garden Design Bible: 40 great off-the-peg designs - Detailed planting plans - Step-by-step projects - Gardens to adapt for your space Paperback – 15 Apr 2007
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40 off-the-peg designs to choose from, each lavishly illustrated and with detailed planting diagrams Tim Newbury is an expert in the field of garden design, and has won four gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show
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Tim Newbury runs his own landscape design and construction business. He has won four gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and has written several very successful books including The Ultimate Garden Designer and Small Garden Design Bible.
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This book contains designs for 40 gardens, all accompanied by pretty watercolour illustrations with the occasional photograph thrown in. Each design assumes the garden is flat, and seemingly has no borders at all as there are no dimensions! Soil type is obviously not important at all as this isn't mentioned. There are a few passing references to growing vegetables. My own garden is the size of a man's handkerchief, is North facing and slopes down away from the house; the half nearest the house is clay and never sees the sun, whilst the other half has reasonably workable soil and gets a good amount of the sun in the afternoon once we're on British Summertime. All of this might sound pernickety to a total novice, but believe me, they are important factors.
What a huge disappointment this book is; it seems to be more a vehicle for the watercolour artist who illustrated it than a serious book on gardening. There is a wealth of information on the internet which is more useful than this. I doubt even the paper would be suitable for composting, and speaking of which there are only two minute references to this.
All the basic principles are laid out in an understandable way, and the book will educate a beginner who is prepared to read through all the possible designs taking in the various different points raised in each. Page coverage is good with clear presentation, uncluttered diagrams and illustrations, and well organised descriptions and lists. However, there are no indications of scale or intended dimensions for each design, and without a good understanding for plant or tree sizes one could go horribly wrong when improvising on the schemes offered here.
Judging by the plants and trees suggested it is somewhat limited in scope, and really best for the small to medium garden. It is also showing its age and an experienced garden designer is unlikely to find any new ideas here. I bought my first copy from a local garden centre in 2007, but we never found any ideas that we actually used and eventually passed it on to the charity shop. I was hoping this offering from Vine would be a useful update, but alas no.
For a more worthwhile experience may I suggest having a look at this very comprehensive RHS offering, aimed at the same initial level of gardening expertise or maybe just a bit higher, but it will take one a lot further forward, and this is the book we kept and still use.
The forty garden plans vary in size from a balcony to a courtyard to larger gardens of differing shapes. There is also a wide variety of types and styles - contemporary, formal, country, Mediterranean, Japanese, jungly, hot & dry, woodland, cottage, exposed. Each garden gets a plan (no dimensions are given), and drawings of how it might look, a planting plan and details/drawings of key features such as bespoke fencing ideas, construction materials, etc.. There is plenty of inspiration to be had and ideas that can be picked from one garden and used in a different garden. I design gardens for a living but fully appreciate that not everyone can afford to engage a designer: this book takes some of the principles and allows even relatively inexperienced gardeners to take a critical look at their plot. It has to be said that the book is a little dated now and there isn't much that a designer will find innovative or surprising but for the amateur there are worse places to start.
It provides 40 designs for all sorts of gardens and outside spaces.
It gives clear instructions on how to construct the basic design and what plants are suited to such designs. The photos and painted designs are lovely and very inspirational.
Possibly something other than this book. I don't know what kind of soil I have, and in fact was barely aware there were different kinds until I read this book. And I can recognise , I think, about 3 different flowers and about 2 other plants , so giving huge lists of various plants in the Latin, without illustrations, isn't helping me any. Doubtless, this is a very inspirational book for experienced gardeners, and the photos and watercolours show what lovely effects can be achieved, but for a complete beginner like myself, it's a non-starter.
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lovely to look through and gives lots of ideas for all types of gardensPublished 16 days ago by Daisy Gardener
We've bought many garden books over the years with varying degrees of success. We tend to find gardening books are good for a few pages or a chapter, but that's it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GR
It's a comprehensive garden design book, with a lot of variety so there is a design there for everyone. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Happyfamily
The cover makes the bold statement that ‘this is the only book you’ll ever need for the garden you’ve always wanted’. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dolphin
If you're in search of inspiration for redesigning your garden then you need look no further than this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Grev
This has a number of interesting projects with planting guides and plans. It does assume some skill at gardening and isn't a 'from scratch' type guide, but more a source of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Penguin
The formatting of this book is categorised into 40 different garden designs, which the reader could pick "off the peg" and copy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C Frost
This book contains forty garden designs to follow and create, with detailed instructions. To be honest, this book is probably best is you are deciding to completely re-vamp your... Read morePublished 4 months ago by S Riaz
Garden Design Bible: 40 great off-the-peg designs - Detailed planting plans - Step-by-step projects - Gardens to adapt for your space
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