Lots of people want gardens but find the prospect of getting started a bit daunting. P. Allen Smith's Garden Home is P. Allen Smith's inviting solution.
Smith begins with his own story: his family's love of gardens and experience in the nursery business, his own education at the great gardens of England, and his discovery that we all have, as he says, "a longing for our agrarian past." After walking us through his own "garden home" and explaining why he made the choices he did, Allen introduces his 12 principles of garden design, discussing such topics as a sense of enclosure, framing the view, texture, pattern, rhythm, and, of course, color. Then, with step-by-step projects, he shows readers how to apply the principles in their own garden homes.
For the millions of people who know Smith through his syndicated television show, Weather Channel segments, and appearances on The Early Show, this book is the irresistible invitation to follow him into the garden.
Horticulture pro Smith has positioned himself as the go-to guy for gardens, from front yard flowers and fountain gardens to vegetable patches and loggias. In his first book, he shares his preferences and personal gardening history, and lays out basic design principles for anyone dreaming of their own Eden. Although the beautiful photographs can be intimidating-they feature perfectly trimmed hedges and trellises overflowing with roses-he reminds readers that if they "have a dream and the passion to create it" they're on the right track. His 12 fundamentals, including "enclosure," "shape and form," "framing the view" and "entry," provide a basis for would-be gardeners. Roughly one half of the book is filled with big, glossy photos, while the latter portion is a bit more detail-oriented. This useful section includes tips on how to express your interests (e.g., if you like to travel, think about creating a theme garden based on Japanese or Italian design) and decide between formal and informal looks. Although not really a how-to guide, Smith's book should help aspiring gardeners as they brainstorm ideas. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.