By Andrea Jones
Rizzoli, $39.95, 320 pages

The Garden Source: Inspirational Design Ideas for Gardens and Landscapes is more than a beautiful book. It is a marvelous resource for anyone contemplating a garden design or landscaping project. It is also a visually stunning compilation of author Andrea Jones’ beautiful photographs of gardens and landscapes from around the world. The book is composed of four sections. The first, Connect, is about the design elements that bring a garden together while the second, Divide, describes the features that help separate or contain various elements. The third chapter, Space, is about working within the physical constraints of the original area. The final chapter, Style, is about creating a plan and sticking to it and encompasses a wide variety of garden types. For each section there is an overview but it is the over 300 pages of full color photographs that will make readers swoon.

It is important to note that this is not an instructional book. Instead, it is a visual guide filled with inspirational ideas. While there are no diagrams or planting layouts, many of the photographs are accompanied by a detailed description of materials and plants used. A comprehensive plant index will help readers who are looking to use something specific in their designs.


Reviewed by Catherine Gilmore,