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The Garden Maker’s Manual

The Garden Maker’s Manual
Rosemary Alexander and Richard Sneesby
Timber Press
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cloth, 191 p., $34.95

Have you ever wondered how some of the man-made elements were created in the great gardens of the world? The distinguished authors Rosemary Alexander and Richard Sneesby, leaders in degree programs in garden design in the U.K., have the answers in this practical guide to creating hardscapes in a garden. Paths and paving, steps and ramps, walls and earth mounds, fences, railings, and gates, timber decks and surfaces, garden structures and furnishings, and water features all fall into the range of hardscape issues discussed and illustrated in the book’s photographs and line drawings.

Each chapter contains a thoughtful discussion of the function of the hardscape, a list of design considerations, and any needed cautionary warnings on construction. Alexander and Sneesby address to some extent the aesthetic of construction, such as the desired gentle flow of air and water to produce a white and frothy display where splashes are reduced and noise is less harsh.

An excellent resource for practical solutions to hardscape construction, this well-written book is more than suitable as a text for students of landscape design as well as a guide for ambitious home gardeners.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden