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           Bold Visions of the Garden
           by Richard W. Hartlage
           Paperback - 160 pages (October 1, 2001)
           Fulcrum Pub; ISBN: 1555913164 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.57 x 11.00 x 10.10

            
  
          
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In his stunning debut book, Bold Visions for the Garden, Richard W. Hartlage encourages readers to embrace gardening as the best of all the creative arts-an endeavor that includes color, form, texture, sound, sequence, and place. Sympathetic to the limitations of time, space, and budget that most gardeners face, Hartlage explains how planning and planting well, together with the willingness to be daring, helps the gardener to achieve great drama in the garden. For example, one doesn't need a big-budget garden sculpture to make a statement. Instead, painting exterior walls cobalt can mirror the sky, or an ochre color will provide welcoming warmth-a strategy that requires only a willingness to be bold and to use a little elbow grease. Or, think big-instead of planting small plants in a small space, plant giant reed grass to tower overhead, making your visitors feel pleasantly dwarfed by such fanfare. Like an artist sharing his secrets for painting a dramatic scene on a small canvas, Hartlage offers gardeners tips on the use of contrast, scale, and light. His inspiring insights and suggestions, together with his beautiful photographs, will provide both beginning and seasoned gardeners with the resolve and the tools they need to achieve new visions of their own.

 




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