Modern family gardens

Front Cover
Wiley-Academy, May 1, 2006 - Architecture - 224 pages
Inspiring. Beautiful. Practical.

In the last decade or so, the modern family house has undergone a design revolution as modern décor and furniture have become the standard and living spaces have opened up for family interaction. In this book, Caroline Tilston takes us out the back door and continues this process into the garden. She showcases 29 stylish gardens that have been designed with both children and adults in mind. The gardens draw on an enormous range of ideas and inspirations and all are thoroughly modern in the way that they create spaces conducive to family life, whether relaxing from everyday stress or entertaining children.

An engaging sourcebook for any gardener or would-be gardener, Modern Family Gardens is full of design and planting ideas from the most innovative garden designers working today. Ranging from tiny urban yards to large country gardens, the featured case studies demonstrate that gardens can be beautiful and inventive at any scale. The book includes stunning photography showing both the overall gardens and the design details. Each garden features an insiders guide that includes tips on how to re-create the look and an easy to read, bullet point how-to feature relating to the garden. There are also useful addresses for sourcing the features, furniture and materials, as well as contacts for the garden designers whose work is shown and a plant directory for the plants included in the designs.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Extra Small Small Medium
City Jungle 24 02 Exotic Heat Island 54 02 Meadow on a Roof

7 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Caroline Tilston is a writer and garden designer. After taking a degree at Oxford, she worked for over a decade in television journalism. She later trained to be a gardener with the National Trust and now writes for newspapers and magazines as well as running a successful, award-winning garden design studio. She has two children, aged two and five.

Juliette Wade has been taking inspirational photographs of gardens for over a decade. She has worked for the magazines Gardens Illustrated, Garden Inspirations, Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Country Homes and Interiors and Practical Gardening. Other book projects include: Bunny Guinness’s Family Gardens, DK’s RHS Encyclopedia and DIY Garden Surfaces and DIY Water Features.

Bibliographic information