The Welcoming Garden: Designing Your Own Front Garden

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Gibbs Smith, 2005 - Gardening - 144 pages
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Renowned garden designer Gordon Hayward's newest book focuses on one major principle: creating front-yard gardens that will inspire and invite, transforming neighborhoods and encouraging people to create compelling spaces in which to relax, visit with neighbors, and enjoy a natural space. A front garden should welcome, enliven, enrich, and engage. Traditional "foundation planting"--that cliche that means glomming a few evergreen shrubs against the front foundation of the house and then running lawn from it down to the sidewalk or street--is a thing of the past. Hayward offers a step-by-step approach that starts by helping people find their "Big Idea," then guides the homeowner through the process of making all the smaller decisions. He also introduces fundamental garden-design principles, illustrated throughout the book with beautiful photography and line drawings, allowing homeowners to effectively apply the ideas no matter where or what type of climate they live.
Feast on these lush photos with an open mind, you'll come away with an endless supply of ideas.
Chapters include:
How to Look at Garden Images
The Driveway, Cars and the Front Garden
The Path to the Front Door
A Lot of Lawn, A Little Lawn?
Gardens Between House and Sidewalk
Fencing, Walls and Gates
Sitting Areas in the Front Garden
Gordon Hayward holds degrees from Wesleyan University and began gardening in the 1970s. In 1984, he turned to the work of garden design, lecturing, and writing full time. He consults throughout the Northeast for residential clients, their architects, and builders. He is the author of several books, including The Intimate Garden: Twenty Years and Four Seasons in Our Garden, Garden Paths: Inspiring Designs and Practical Projects, and Your House, Your Garden: A Foolproof Approach to Garden Design, as well as a variety of articles for Horticulture Magazine. Hayward is a certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
8
t The Style oj Your Front Garden
16
Driveway Cars and the Front Garden
30
Walkways to the Front Door
44
Gardens around the Front Door
60
A Lot oj Lawn a Little Lawn
92
Walls Fences and Gates 4 00
100
Sitting Areas i
120
to Putting It All Togetherthe Whole Front Garden
130
Afterword
144
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Gordon Hayward holds degrees from Wesleyan University and began gardening in the 1970s. In 1984, he turned to the work of garden design, lecturing, and writing full time. He consults throughout the Northeast for residential clients, their architects, and builders.

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