The Urban Gardener

The Urban Gardener

Book - 2017
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Matt explores how to design an urban outdoor space, no matter the size or location - from balconies and roof terraces to courtyards, basement areas and front gardens, factoring in areas for relaxation, play and growing your own produce.

There are 16 comprehensive step-by-step projects including creating a 'living' green wall, planting under mature trees and making a gravel garden, as well as 13 case studies showing great design in action, with examples from Tom Stuart-Smith, Charlotte Rowe and Christopher Bradley-Hole. Award-winning photographer Marianne Majerus provides the visual inspiration.

Publisher: London :, Mitchell Beazley,, 2017
ISBN: 9781784722869
Characteristics: 224 pages :,color illustrations ;,25 cm


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Feb 22, 2017

Full of color photos and alternate idea suggestions for each example, this book works for the new gardener starting with a blank slate and the experienced gardener who wants to change up their design. Also pleasing for the apartment-dwelling armchair gardener who's working on that 'someday' yard they dream of. Equal parts small, walled back yards (some of the photos you can see all three walls of the traditional tiny, row house backyard) and larger areas are presented for each type of garden, this book also includes container and rooftop ideas, and plenty of ideas on packing a lot into whatever space you have.

allenkleinman Mar 14, 2015

The "urban" landscape explored by this author bears no resemblance to that of New York City: endless backyards, broad front gardens, vast rooftop terraces. I give it two stars because the pictures are lovely and there is a smattering of good advice, but if you, member of the New York Public Library, do not live within the outer portions of the outer boroughs with space to spare, don't waste your time with this book. It'll only break your heart, seeing what you can't possibly have.

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