Books

Linens, gardening, and modern and traditional architecture are featured in this season's selections.

Gardens Are For Living: Design Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces

Judy Kameon
Rizzoli

April 2014

224 pages, $50

Gardens Are For Living arrived on my doorstep just in time for spring as I have never been known for my green thumb and need all the help
 I can get. Chock-full of ideas to jump-start the imagination, Kameon’s book promotes the philosophy that gardens should be spaces for entertaining, gathering, and, most importantly, relaxation. This has been a growing trend and the book takes the concept a step further, covering the basics on creating community spaces from space planning and aesthetics to climate, soil, watering, and maintenance. Landscape lighting and designing the front garden (with details on how to choose the correct plans, shrubs, and trees) are also covered. A chapter on designing outdoor spaces for entertaining is of particular interest as Kameon delves into everything from furniture and pillows to creating a kitchen garden and cooking outdoors in a wood- burning oven. The book features a valuable resource section and there is something for every garden space and climate.

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