paper, 512 pp., $18.99.
Careful planning and design are the subjects of this British manual on improving your garden. Gardening journalist Peter McHoy and Tessa Evelegh, craft artist, believe that a garden should reflect an owner’s tastes. More than 1,200 imaginative photographs are meant to inspire the reader. The text begins with instructions on how to create a garden plan. It discusses different styles and types of gardens. The second section of the book covers decorative elements. Some are suitable, but others depend on the artistic capabilities of the craft person, which may be wanting. The strong point of this guide is the extensive collection of photographs that illustrate a broad range of designs. Regrettably, the text ignores some of the artistic fundamentals of landscape design before launching the reader into ambitious design development.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden