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Urban Sanctuary : Designing Small Australian Gardens - Janine Mendel

Urban Sanctuary

Designing Small Australian Gardens

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Australian landscape design is eclectic but there is no doubt that we love to be outdoors, and with the population set to rise, whether we like it or not we will be left with smaller and smaller outdoor spaces in which to enjoy our way of life.

Considering the whole of site as the canvas for indoor/outdoor living means we can get the best use of every square centimetre of space. Not everyone has the luxury of designing their site from scratch and this book will inspire the reader to see what can be created in restricted spaces.

The book is divided into two parts: 'Gardens', an inspirational section which features 14 gardens ranging from small contemporary courtyards to more traditional gardens that respect the era of the home; and 'Elements', a more practical section which discusses both natural elements and design elements and how they work together to create a beautiful garden.

About the Author

Janine Mendel is an award-winning Western Australian garden designer whose contemporary landscape designs reflect the Australian lifestyle and our response to the demands of a harsh climate. She formed her business CultivArt 1987 and has since won many awards, including the WA Landscape Award of Excellence. Her gardens have appeared in national and international publications and on TV. Janine was one of the 20 designers selected to appear in John Patrick's Contemporary Australian Garden Design (Allen andamp; Unwin 2008).



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Fantastic book


from Perth

About Me Everyday Reader


  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Garden Design
    • Gift
    • Reference

    Comments about Urban Sanctuary:

    Constantly refering to the book, Inspirational photo's and specifically lists plants for the type of garden you are looking to create. Local Perth information which is a great help when you live here in such a dry environment and you are trying to create a tropical garden. I have created a fantastic front garden based on information from this book. Highly recommend!

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    ISBN: 9781742704173
    ISBN-10: 1742704174
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 304
    Published: 1st August 2012
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 28.3 x 24.1  x 2.8
    Weight (kg): 1.62
    Edition Number: 1