Small Buildings, Small Gardens: Creating Gardens Around Structures

Small Buildings, Small Gardens: Creating Gardens Around Structures


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In his eighth book on practical garden design, renowned gardener Gordon Hayward explores the idea that existing or newly built structures in a garden-sheds, pergolas, fences, arbors, gazeboes, pools, and so on-can be used to answer most questions about how to develop an engaging and user-friendly garden plan.

Important tips:

A small structure such as a shed suggests the dimensions, style, line and purpose of the garden adjacent to it.

Gazeboes, arbors and other open structures frame garden views.

Fences, pergolas and walls provide structure, background, edges and places for people to sit, have a meal or gather.

Gates and breaks in walls and fencing create thresholds, points of entry and transitions from one garden area to the next.

Trellises and other vertical built structures attached to the sides of buildings provide places for vines or espaliers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586857059
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 01/04/2007
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Gordon Hayward holds degrees from Wesleyan University and began gardening in the 1970s. In 1984, he turned to the work of garden design, lecturing, and writing full time. He consults throughout the Northeast for residential clients, their architects, and builders.

Peter Joel Harrison has written four studies on Historic American landscape detail that are published by John Wiley and Son. These hardcover volumes contain more than 1,100 images fashioned after copperplate engravings, all printed on cream paper using period typefaces and with marbleized end papers. They are the result of three decades of field research as Mr. Harrison traveled the country. Anyone involved in design, restoration or reproduction of historically accurate or historically inspired garden structures will find these books invaluable.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

CHAPTER 1 Arbors Connected to the House 12

CHAPTER 2 Decks 22

CHAPTER 3 Freestanding Arbors 30

CHAPTER 4 Gazeboes 44

CHAPTER 5 Sheds 56

CHAPTER 6 Pergolas 68

CHAPTER 7 Playhouses, Summerhouses, Pool Houses 80

CHAPTER 8 Fences and Gates 96

CHAPTER 9 Trellises 108

CHAPTER 10 Bridges 116

CHAPTER 11 Putting It All Together 126


Fence Designs 138

Bibliography 147

Resources 148

Photo Credits 151

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