Refresh Your Garden Design book release party and giveaway

November 3rd, 2013

I’m delighted to be part of my friend Rebecca Sweet’s virtual book-release party for her new baby. Six other garden bloggers and I are hosting 7 great giveaways this week, all related to Rebecca’s theme of refreshing your garden.

I want to tell you two things up-front: 1. I haven’t read Rebecca’s book yet, although I’ve paged through an online version that her publisher was able to make available pre-release. 2. I’m putting my money where my mouth is and have ordered my own copy from Amazon. and through her inspiring photographs. I always look forward to Rebecca’s design-related posts at her blog, Gossip in the Garden, and her co-authored book Garden Up! is an excellent read as well.

Refresh Your Garden Design, Rebecca’s first solo book, is for you if your garden doesn’t look quite the way you envisioned, or if your garden has somehow lost its sparkle over time, whether due to age, lack of attention, or any of the many reasons why our gardens no longer please us. She offers strategies for seeing your garden with fresh eyes, figuring out what’s not working and why, and then taking simple steps to freshen it up, perhaps by grouping plants differently, adding a new plant for contrast or harmony, making a focal point to direct the eye, and so on.

She breaks down design elements into three parts and devotes a section of the book to each: Color — for example, mixing warm and cool colors, as in this photo…

…Form — perhaps going bold with a tapestry of strong shapes…

…and Texture — perfectly illustrated here by a soft-textured mass of grasses.

From my quick glance through the book, I noticed that many of the photos appear to be of mild-climate West Coast gardens, the region in which Rebecca lives and works. I now know from personal experience just how hard it is to fill a book with pictures from all over our vast country when you’re providing the majority of the photos yourself; after all, one tends to visit and photograph gardens close to home. That need not discourage readers from other regions, however. The key to reading any general-interest gardening book is to use the pictures as inspiration, choosing plants appropriate to your own region that can provide similar effects. And as it happens, that’s what Rebecca’s book is all about: teaching design ideas that you can use in your own garden, wherever you live.


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From Time-Life Books
Great Christmas present.
12 hard back, 9-1/4 x 11-1/4 . Each book about 175 pages
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