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Garden Home City: Creating an Urban Haven

Trust Dahan, Bonnie

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ISBN 10: 0811832473 / ISBN 13: 9780811832472
Published by Chronicle Books, 2002
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Chronicle Books. Hardbound. Book Condition: As New. Color PHotos By Shaun Sullivan (illustrator). First Edition. Oblong Sm Quarto. Copyright Date: 2002 How To Create Inviting Spaces That Echo The Beauty Of Nature.An attractive, clean, unmarked copy!. Bookseller Inventory # 001720

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Title: Garden Home City: Creating an Urban Haven

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Picking up where the best-selling Garden House left off, Garden Home: City demonstrates how to infuse an apartment, loft, flat, or other city home with the spirit of the garden. Clusters of yellow blossoms in brightly colored pails on a sill create a flower bed where there’s no space for one. Carefully arranged indoor topiaries bring the whimsy of a manicured garden inside. And a wall painted the vivid color of a favorite flower adds warmth and vibrancy to a small room. Garden Home: City also shows how to soften the boundaries between indoors and out with the creative use of window boxes, fire escapes, and balcony gardens. Anyone who lives in an urban setting will appreciate this richly illustrated, inspirational guide to transforming any space into a modern-day Eden.

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Love flowers, but not so fond of country living? Garden Home City is bursting with ideas created with you in mind--at once urban, modern, and brightly blooming. Original ways to bring the great outdoors into your living room are designed around the constraints of city living. We may love our lofts, but with problems like small balconies and nearby towers blotting out the sun, effective city gardening can be a tricky business.

Unusual containers are key, according to author Bonnie Trust Dahan. Vases carved from stones, tiny galvanized pots, shallow copper pans, and simple glass shapes are shown holding everything from cheery primroses to feathery orchids. Tabletops are strewn with tiny chrysanthemum heads or leafy mesclun starter plants; tiny alcoves are decorated to reflect seasonal changes. Floating blossoms are recommended. A single hyacinth or gardenia is enough to perfume an entire apartment, and the look stays crisp and modern.

While the focus of the book is mainly on inspirational photos showcasing lush colors and clever combinations, you'll also find short essays discussing palettes, scents, and beneficial houseplants. The two-page resource guide is focused on the San Francisco area, but also includes several widely available sources. Even if your available space is no bigger than a windowsill, you can give it new appeal entirely in keeping with your metropolitan life. --Jill Lightner

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