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Design Your Garden: 10 simple steps to transform your garden

ISBN: 978-0-470-51763-5
192 pages
May 2008
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The steps to creating a spectacular one-of-a-kind garden

For the gardening enthusiast dying to replicate the stunning gardens pictured in magazines and other people's backyards, this practical guide makes it oh-so-simple and fun. With ten model gardens to choose from, this beautifully illustrated guide demystifies the process of garden design, helping any first-time gardener sketch a plan, select plants, lighting, and accessories-and design a garden with its own unique creative stamp. Each model garden features a plan, an overall picture with close-ups, and notes on why the garden works and how its features can be re-created. Unstinting in its detail and practical advice, Design Your Garden is the ideal pattern book for anyone who wants to create something lovely and long-lasting in their own backyard.

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Table of Contents



1. What do you want?

2. Inspiration.

3. Reality.

4. Base plan.

5. Design.

6. Movement.

7. Materials.

8. Colour.

9. Plants.

10. Fun bits.

11. Step by step.



1. Lines.

2. Spaces.

3. Pink.

4. Seaside.

5. Sculpture.

6. Pinball.

7. Surprise.

8. White.

9. Circle.

10. Amphitheatre.


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Author Information

Caroline Tilston is the author of Small Family Gardens (2007) and Modern Family Gardens (2006), John Wiley & Sons. Having worked for over a decade in television production, Caroline retrained as a gardener with the National Trust. For the last ten years, she has been running her own garden design business, The Oak Studio Design Ltd. She also writes for gardening magazines and national newspapers, as well as doing radio broadcasting.

Steve Gorton is an established photographer, with over 20 years’ experience of working with publishers. He is the photographer of English Eccentric Interiors by Miranda Harrison (John Wiley & Sons, 2006) and Parisian Architecture of the Belle Epoque by Roy Johnston (John Wiley & Sons, 2007).

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