Bold Visions for the Garden: Basics, Magic & Inspiration

by Richard Hartlage

"As one of the most assured garden designers on the contemporary scene, Hartlage follows in the tradition of influential figures in the "Hort" world who have penned their guiding principles. Like Gertrude Jekyll and Thomas Church before him, Hartlage contributes to an ongoing dialogue among garden makers. Entrusting a vision where artistry together with a sense of adventure result in uniquely personal garden spaces. Hartlage assumes the role of guide to budding green thumbs and mentor to ambitious horticulturists who could benefit from a jump start. A range of possibilities must be reckoned with before setting out to create a garden. But boundless prospects can be overwhelming, so Hartlage breaks it down. How is the garden to be used? Moreover, what myriad ways can setting and architecture, scale and plantings, color, light, and special features contributed to the achievement of an individualized sanctuary? To his credit, Hartlage sets forth a refreshingly catholic stance rather than mandating a specific style. An invigorating effort, brimming with the author's striking photographs."

- Alice Joyce, American Library Assocation

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