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Truly Tiny Gardens
Book Review Trevor Edwards
12 June 2002

Truly Tiny GardensThe challenge of transforming a small or tiny space - be it an overlooked backyard, a balcony, a miniature front garden, a shady basement area or a narrow passageway - into a beautiful garden would daunt even the most experienced gardener. Yet Thomasina Tarling, a specialist in creating minute gardens welcomes the challenge of turning the shadiest, most unpromising area into a haven of vibrant planting and original design.

In this attractive book she shares her expertise, concentrating on spaces no more than 20 feet in any direction. She explains how to create visual interest through changes of level and eye-catching focal points and lighten dark, oppressive walls with colourful paint. Thomasina also suggests an array of visual illusions to make the most of a small space.

This is an inspiring and practically useful book for anyone considering a "Make Over" of an existing small garden or someone moving into a new townhouse or apartment. It is beautifully illustrated with colour photographs or drawings on every page. The handy size book covers such topics as Sunken Gardens, Tiny Back Gardens and Backyards, Elevated Gardens, Passageways and Throughways to name but a few.

In each section the book gives practical instructions together with plant lists, importantly using both botanical and common names. The last section of the book is a simple to read Plant Directory of Trees & Shrubs Climbers, Perrenials, grasses & Bamboos, Bedding Plants and Bulbs. The Plant Directory also identifies the Hardiness, Season of Interest, and most suitable Aspect of each of the featured subjects.

Not only will the book give you the skill and confidence require to insure success but also at only £9.99 I would consider it an investment that would create a superb and generous return on capital invested. Enjoy!

Book Truly Tiny Gardens
Author Thomasina Tarling
Publisher Conran Octopus
Price £9.99

 

 

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