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John Brookes' Well-Designed Garden: Stylish Solutions for Every Outdoor Space    by John Brookes order for
John Brookes' Well-Designed Garden
by John Brookes
Order:  USA  Can
DK Publishing, 2007 (2007)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Having grown up in England, John Brookes' experience with gardens was the secure linear, suburban garden. Later, he began to explore the gardens of Europe, and became interested in the different designs he found there.

The British writer and master garden designer uses paths, ponds, loggia and steps to design gardens for every space and type of surface. His approach is to harmonize the garden with its environment. The type of materials used for decking, benches, and other construction is important in allowing the garden to blend in with nature. Horticulture takes a backseat to design. Design is a vital part of having the garden you desire.

John Brookes has been designing gardens and writing books on the subject since 1969. With easy to understand text, his Well-Designed Garden is a definitive guide. Full of beautiful landscape photos and sketches, this is one book you'll go back to again and again.

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