Theme Gardens

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Workman Publishing, 2001 - Architecture - 250 pages
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A lot has happened in the world of gardening since Theme Gardens was first published in 1982. The parallels to cooking are striking-we now have a new and much expanded repertoire of flowers, herbs, and vegetables; we look for more variety in the way we garden and landscape; and it's become a more important part of many more people's lives. And a lot has happened to Barbara Damrosch. Through Theme Gardens and her classic, The Garden Primer, through her Gardener's Calendar and other ventures, she's established herself as one of the country's authorities.

Now, at long last, Theme Gardens is revised and updated to serve a new generation of gardening enthusiasts. It's like a new book in presentation, much more weighted to photography and with a reworked design that freshens and modernizes the landscape plans to make them easier to read and to follow. The lists of recommended plants is revamped, with special attention to eliminating potentially invasive varieties and adding new plants more suited to the grower's environment. All-new photographs are larger, selected illustrations are updated. What hasn't changed is the core of inspiring, practical, creative ideas-from a butterly garden to a garden of old roses, from a Shakespeare garden to a moon garden to a Zen garden to a medieval paradise garden, Theme Gardens presents plans for creating 16 distinctively themed gardens along with instructions for growing and maintaining over 300 plants. Recipes, in other words, that every gardener will love.

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User Review  - Wrdwrrior Lehr - Goodreads

Ok, but not an outstanding gardening book. Good pictures and good garden layouts for a novice. Read full review

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User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

This book is the reason I studied horticulture in college. I tried to emulate these beautiful plans but plants kept failing and I needed to understand what I didn't know. Thanks Ms. Damrosch for inspiring in me a lifelong passion for gardening. Read full review


A Garden Primer
A Fragrance Garden
A Colonial Garden
A Butterfly Garden
A Moon Garden
A Childrens Garden
A Garden of Old Roses
A Zen Garden
A Garden of Love
A Hummingbird Garden
A Secret Garden
A Medieval Paradise Garden
A Grass Garden
A Victorian Garden
A Winter Garden

A Shakespeare Garden
A Gray Garden

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About the author (2001)

Barbara Damrosch is one of the nation's most respected garden experts and writers. She is the author of Theme Gardens andnbsp;The Garden Primer and writes a weekly column for The Washington Post called "A Cook's Garden." She appeared as a regular correspondent on the PBS series The Victory Garden, and co-hosted the series Gardening Naturally for The Learning Channel. She is the co-owner, with her husband, Eliot Coleman, of Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine, that is a nationally recognized model of small-scale sustainable agriculture.

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