Gardens

Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass

Author: 
Liz Primeau
Publisher: 
Firefly Books
Publication Date: 
2003
ISBN: 
1–552–97710–2

paper, 232 p., $24.95

Offering an appealing argument for flowering perennials at the front door, author Liz Primeau has gathered together a bountiful photographic record of North American home gardens that express this current trend in landscape design. After a brief account of what made the ubiquitous manicured lawn before the home both popular and possible, Primeau recounts her aesthetic, environmentally-conscious conversion to plantings that reflected the varying interests of the homeowner and complemented the building’s architecture.

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Volume: 
7
Number: 
4

Homescaping: Designing Your Landscape to Match Your Home

Author: 
Anne Halpin
Publisher: 
Rodale Books
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
1–579–54903–9

cloth, 275 p., $35.00

Garden writer Anne Halpin has a different perspective on landscaping the home grounds: she looks at the landscape as a setting for the home and decorates the grounds accordingly. The author explores the many ways to create an appealing landscape around the house and other structures. First, she suggests relating the architectonic base to the buildings through appropriate garden styles and then she urges color coordinating the garden plantings and furnishings to the house and outbuildings.

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Volume: 
7
Number: 
4

Cultivated Power: Flowers, Culture and Politics in the Reign of Louis IV

Author: 
Elizabeth Hyde
Publisher: 
University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
0–812–23826–5

cloth, 330 p., $49.95

Often overlooked in importance during the early modern period in France, historian Elizabeth Hyde explores the evolving role of flowers — not from the customary scientific and economic perspectives — but from their social and cultural context. Used symbolically, flowers were a powerful political means of constructing the King’s image, and this is her major theme.

Volume: 
7
Number: 
2

The Oxford Companion to the Garden

Author: 
Patrick Taylor, editor
Publisher: 
Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 
2006
ISBN: 
0-198-66255-6

hardcover, 554 p., $65.00

Gardens of the British Isles are the major focus in this classic resource on designed landscapes around the world. General editor Patrick Taylor describes the goal of the book in this way:

“...our intention [is] to give a clear idea of the sort of gardens made in those countries in which gardening has been a significant ingredient of the culture, and to cover those in which it looms less large but is nonetheless of great interest.”

Volume: 
8
Number: 
6

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