paper, 202 pp., $24.95
An Australian landscape designer and popular television celebrity, Jamie Durie has produced a guide to creating distinctive, delightful garden spaces that serve as outdoor rooms. A proponent of using both natural and man-made elements together for contrast, he extends the residence or commercial project into the landscape, making use of the outdoor environment to serve multiple purposes. Working in a contemporary style, Durie uses tropical plants extensively to create unique settings, which include entertainment areas, kitchens, and bathrooms, as well as special effects from water features and lighting. Even though most of the work presented is applicable to tropical locations exclusively, readers living elsewhere will be encouraged to think beyond the traditional in design.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden