Tricks with Trees

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Pavilion, 2007 - Gardening - 160 pages
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Trees are an underappreciated and underused aspect of the garden; their "bendy" form means they can be manipulated and pruned into fantastic shapes, which can transform a garden from ordinary to entirely unique. This guide shows how trees and shrubs can be turned into practical and fun towers for children to play in; bent over as pliable saplings to create bridges, arches, tunnels, and temples; planted in semicircles or pairs to create arbors and arches; or even transformed into conceptual sculptures. Accessible and practical, the text is accompanied by the author's original concept sketches and a wealth of beautiful photos of the end results. The book also discusses the many forms that are possible and includes tricks suitable for the urban gardener or those with small balconies or terraces. With many simple tricks and quick ideas, as well as more challenging projects, readers will be inspired readers to view trees and shrubs as potential design aspects of any garden.

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I enjoyed this book. It shows how certain species of trees can bend if you want to build an archway or tie knot loops. It also shows topiaries pruned into whimsical shapes. It's a fun book with many pictures. ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Ivan Hicks is an arboriculturist and garden designer who is best-known for his work on Gardener''s World and the award-winning projects the Enchanted Forest and Garden in Mind. Sir Roy Strong called the latter garden, "One of the most important gardens to be created in England". Diarmuid Gavin calls Ivan "my hero". He lives in Dorset, UK.Richard Rosenfeld is an ex-Garden Writer of the Year and author of 12 gardening books. He writes for The Sunday Times, The Times, The Independent and The Guardian. He lives in East Sussex, UK.

Noel Kingsbury is a well-known designer, commentator, and writer on plants, gardens, landscape, and the environment. His doctorate in horticultural ecology from the University of Sheffield focused on the selection and management of ornamental perennials and he is still engaged in active research in this field. Noel is interested in combining natives and non-natives in ecological planting schemes and a passionate advocate for sustainable plant combinations that require minimal intervention from the gardener. He trials plants and gardens at his home on the border between England and Wales and travels widely.

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