paper, 160 p., $19.95
Kathryn Bradley-Hole's book is a superb guide for those who want to construct gardens incorporating stone and other rocky materials in natural harmony with plants. This book is full of beautiful color photographs and is enhanced with detailed instructional drawings and extensive plant lists in easy-to-read sidebars.
Early chapters introduce the reader to a little geology, covering basic rock types and how they are formed. Man's use of rock and gravel throughout history, influences of Eastern gardens and contemporary artists are then examined. Next, the author discusses formal and informal garden plans and provides additional detailed plans for gravel, rock, water, scree and herb gardens. Rock walls, raised beds and potted rock gardens are also described in this extremely useful and well-organized volume, as is overall garden maintenance.
— Elaine Juhl, Master Gardener and Volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden