Have you ever dreamed of having a cottage garden? I think all of us can agree that the gardens in historic cottages in movies are breathtaking. What many of us don’t expect is that they are just as beautiful in real life. Many of us dream of having gardens as beautiful as those in cottages, but many of us have problems finding the right options for us, especially when we have minimal space for our gardens. Even though I’m not sure I will ever have a beautiful garden, as you see in movies, I enjoy viewing these gardens on Pinterest as living art pieces.
As someone who loves these gorgeous gardens, I was excited when I got a chance to review a book about these artistic gardens – The Cottage Garden by Claus Dalby. Once I finished going through this complimentary book, I couldn’t wait to share this coffee table book with everyone.
The Cottage Garden: What Is It
Are you looking for a gorgeous art and history book on gardens? If so, we think you will love Cottage Gardens. Here is what the publisher has to say about this book.
Through over 700 exquisite photographs and evocative text written by Danish gardening celebrity Claus Dalby, explore the history and development of the beloved garden design style.
In the pages of The Cottage Garden, you’ll first draw inspiration from the stories and landscapes of generations of famous gardeners, including Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West, William Robinson, Margery Fish, and Tasha Tudor. Then, meet modern cottage gardeners from around the globe who combine billowing masses of flowers such as poppies, delphinium, lupines, foxgloves, peonies, roses, lilies, and many more to create dreamy landscapes infused with the romance and wildness of cottage-style gardening.
You’ll find no formal lines, rigid rules, or perfect spacing in the cottage garden. Instead, the form is organic and purposefully unstructured. Plants self-sow here and there, bulbs pop up and spread unrestricted, and everything appears casual; though as you’ll come to learn through Dalby’s words, it is all done with great intent.
Overflowing with textures and colors, the cottage gardens featured throughout this book in hundreds of full-color photographs are found in places as diverse as Germany, Sweden, Denmark, England, and the United States. The accompanying text is derived from Dalby’s personal visits to these gardens, along with his intimate interviews with the resident gardeners.
Dalby provides useful details about the design, development, and continued evolution of cottage gardens. He shares the stories of these breathtaking modern cottage gardens in a way that allows you to glean inspiration you can use to create a cottage garden of your own, whether large or small.
The gardens profiled in these pages exhibit the essential foundational elements and principals of well-designed cottage gardens. Whether home is in the countryside or a suburban subdivision, the profiled gardens will serve as both muse and motivation for the creation of a classic backyard cottage garden in your own space. This gorgeous tome is sure to become the bible of this much-adored classic garden design style.
When it comes to gorgeous garden eye candy, nothing beats the beauty of The Cottage Gardens. The book is filled with gorgeous photography and information on each of these cottages and the various plants that fill these colorful gardens. In a way, this book feels like a tour throughout Europe and the United. While there is some information on plant care, some shows how you can create a landscape with a mix of romance and wilderness. When it comes to books on discovering the most beautiful gardens, nothing beats these books in creating gorgeous, classic gardens that you dream of being your own backyard!
The Cottage Garden: Where to Purchase
Would you like to purchase this book for yourself or someone who loves garden books? You can find The Cottage Garden on Amazon.com for under $30 in hardcover or on your preferred Kindle device. Who knew looking at beautiful artistic gardens could be so relaxing?