English Cottage Gardening for American Gardeners

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Shows and analyzes ten representative cottage gardens, offers advice on planning and cultivating a cottage garden, and recommends useful plants

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Margaret Hensel is an accomplished garden designer, photographer, and writer whose articles and photographs have been published in numerous magazines. She lives in western Massachusetts.

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English Cottage Gardening for American Gardners is an excellent primer. Hensel explains what constitutes the look and how to achieve it, and offers heartening accounts of people starting from scratch. -- House Beautiful Magazine

Margaret Hensel is a garden designer. She suggest plant combinations and groupings, how to place certain plants to gain the most impact and the importance of foliage texture and form. She points out design principles such as proportions of mass and height in relation to the size of the borders; the importance of creating vistas.

The final section of this book is very useful. It decsribes 76 selected cottagey plants, with their cultural needs and how to place them in the garden The author states, "It is my hope that readers of this book will feel moved, even inspired, to imagine what magincal things might happen in their own front and backyards". There is no doubt about it: she has achieved her aims. -- The Cottage Gardener - The Journal of the English Cottage Garden Society

With [this] inspirational pattern book at hand, American gardeners at all levels of expertise can convincingly re-create the enchanting English cottage gardens in their own backyards. -- Horticulture

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