Book Review

Garden Paths -- Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guides

by Gordon Hayward

Houghton Mifflin Co. 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003. 122 pages. Paperback. 7-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches, color photographs. $12.95.
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Reviewed by Robert R. Chambers (03/1999)

This is an interesting and useful book on landscape design, focusing on the use of paths to produce various visual effects and to organize other elements of the yard and garden. It has numerous color photographs and drawings that support the ideas in the text and help the reader to visualize the effects that paths of different sorts can produce.

The first three chapters provide a primer on paths of different materials and directions for installing them. The subject is covered in fair detail and should serve as a good guide. The other six chapters take up various design problems including entrances, pulling together existing garden elements, foundation planting problems, and plantings around pools and patios.

This impressed me as a good winter book to mull over and plan around in advance of good gardening weather. It is very readable, and not only covers its subject adequately, but stimulates ideas and the making of other plans for the landscape. About the only complaint I have is the lack of an index.


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