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4.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable to Read, Some Good Ideas to Implement
Reviewed in the United States on 11 September 2020
Gardening Your Front Yard by Tara Nolan certainly gives you some great ideas for various projects involving your front yard. But it does not stop there. There are a wide variety of projects covered in this book.
Your appreciation of this book will depend to some extent on your level of expertise and your expectations. My wife was delighted with this book. She is more into fantasizing about projects than doing them. So, this was a great book for her. If you are more focused on the details of the project and have your own ideas, this might not be as inspiring.
Unless you are a professional landscaper, you will find plenty of inspiring tips and suggestions to improve your front yard and garden. The book is divided into five sections and walks the reader through a logical approach to transforming your yard/garden.
The book is illustrated with dozens of beautiful full color photographs. There are plenty of suggestions – some practical and some outside the scope of anything I would undertake.
I would recommend the book to anyone interested in enhancing the appearance of their yard. You can enjoy this book as an armchair landscaper or take on one of two of the projects and really transform your yard.
I am a gardener and I have been for about 20 years. I have lived in tiny places were deck gardening was all I had. To the yard I have now with terrible soil and drainage issues. So over the years I have looked at many clever ideas to produce the floral displays or plant the vegetables we want. There is not anything in this book that was “new” to me. But that does not mean I did not love looking through it and refreshing my memory. There are gardening skills or tips you look up as you need them. And then there are the gardening books and catalogs gardeners can skim over and over and over to find new ideas, refresh old ideas, look for color combinations, if you are a gardener, you know books like this are like catnip for us. Clever ideas do abound in this book, but if you have been a resourceful gardener or an avid gardener, nothing in here is likely new. I enjoyed it though. I plan to keep it with my clever ideas books.
After reading other reviews, I am gathering, your mileage may vary with your take on this book.
This kinda reminds me of a "coffee table" type book. It is one you can flip through quick and just get inspired by the wonderful photographs or you can linger on ideas and projects you might want to incorporate. Finally ... maybe you are ambitious and want to create one of the projects. There are many simple-ish projects listed in this book that one could feasibly do theirselves.
I like that it is hardcover and the book is beautiful. It feels beautiful in my hands and at first glance I was impressed with it.
We have 24 acres and our house is smack in the middle of it. I do not have to worry about neighbors and what they think. I am thankful that way. We have a BIG garden, bigger than most, all green and overgrown. Even with the experience that I have in my vegetable, flower, and ornamental garden, I still found things to take from this book. It was enjoyable and, unlike some books, I believe I will return to it now and then for more inspiration. It is worth a read!
I received a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.
This is a great book!
There's beautiful pictures and step by step guides to turning your front yard into a garden. From tearing out the lawn to deciding what to plant there's information on how to plan your front yard's transformation. There's also tips on how to create your front yard a living social space like putting in a bench or restoring outdoor furniture.
This is a very informative guide to planting edible and non edible plants in your yard.
Quite broad topic covering of gardens. Even has woodworking plans for planters. However, it is distinctly lacking on other details such as layouts (particularly ones to go with the images, or to support concepts like flowers every season) or plant/flower specs and alternatives. Great to flip through for overall ideas, especially opportunities you may not have though of.
I'm not a serious gardener, but I do like to plant things. I have a very large front yard, with several trees, and have often thought I could do so much more with it than just grass, but had no idea where to start. I really have enjoyed both reading thru the sections and looking at all of the photos and ideas. It is really helping me grasp the idea of transforming my traditional grass front yard into something much nicer and more natural.