Front Gardens

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BBC Books, 1993 - Gardening - 160 pages
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Unlike back gardens, front gardens are open to public inspection and judgement, and give a first impression to visitors. Beginning with a brief history of the front garden, this book examines how they differ from back gardens, their different purposes, and their different design specifications. It looks at the suburban semi, and how a more adventurous and exciting look can be created from a wide range of possibilities. A chapter on Victorian front gardens looks at the design principles of that era, and how they worked with Victorian architecture. A chapter on the country cottage garden shows how to make one, with examples of those that work and those that don't. Other sections of the book discuss new town houses where fences and hedges are not allowed, and making front gardens in unpromising situations such as council-flat balconies.

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About the author (1993)

Gay Search has taken advantage of almost every medium to educate the world about gardening, making her one of the UK's most high profile gardeners. She's the Gardening Editor for Sainsbury's Magazine. Her books, many of which have been bestsellers, include Front Gardens, Gardening from Scratch, Gardening Without a Garden, The Impatient Gardener, Gardeners' World Through The Years and Old Garden, New Gardener. The creative force behind BBC2's Front Gardens television program, Gay Search also contributed to Gardeners' World on BBC2.

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