Whilst not everyone will have the budget to create the magnificent gardens in this book, it may help plant a seed in your mind as to how you could makeover that plain concrete side walkway, enhance your entrance or plant out a barren shady corner. This beautifully designed book about urban gardens promotes the work of landscape designer Janine Mendel. Her guiding philosophy is that a house should look as if it’s been “planted” in a garden and she advocates that “the structure or geometry of the garden is the most significant element in garden design”.
The book is divided into two parts. The first looks at the sites and gardens that Mendel has transformed for clients, from a holiday home to an apartment courtyard. The design section discusses the elements including paths, walls, pillars, painted surfaces, lighting, plant and tree choices.
In the final chapter on sustainability, she takes a holistic and pragmatic approach towards gardening. She isn’t a fan of the “ubiquitous” covered alfresco area, believing that well-designed homes don’t need them; and has practical tips around simple things to make your garden more sustainable. The tips are nothing radical, but serve as a reminder as to how to get the best from your new garden
now and into the future – including mulch, source materials locally if possible and select the right plants for their location. Above all Janine promotes creating outdoor spaces that are not just an extension to your home, but become an integral part – designed to be lived in and enjoyed.
++ GIVEAWAY: Urban Sanctuary by Janine Mendel ++
If you would love to gain some inspiration for your own garden design, we have ONE Urban Sanctuary book by Janine Mendel to giveaway! Simply leave a comment below by 7pm on Sunday 16 September 2012. The lucky winner will be notified by email. Goodluck!
Urban Sanctuary by Janine Mendel (Published by Hardie Grant, RRP $59.95) is available where all good books are sold