Garden of Your Dreams

Reviewed By  Grasshopper2       September 1, 2022


Author  Charlie Albone

Distributor:      Murdoch Books
ISBN:                 9781922351784
Publisher:         Murdoch Books
Release Date:   August 2022  


A practical guide to your best outdoor transformation ever

Described as a practical, user-friendly guide, Garden of Your Dreams comes with many photos and diagrams as well as explanations. Charlie Albone introduces himself and explains how the love of gardening first overtook him and how he believes that by following the steps he has set out; you can design your own garden. To begin with, Charlie asks, how you want to feel in your garden. Do you want a safe place, a happy place, a private place, or an alive space with features?

Next you need to decide what you want to get out of your garden. Do you want a pool, a covered dining area or a deck? Then comes the question of budget. Here we are given some precise advice on money. For example, if your house is in the lower end of the market, you should spend 2-3 % of the property value. You should also consider the time you have for maintaining your garden. You can begin in a small way by cleaning and tidying the land, creating an area for gathering. Just use a few plants to begin with.

From here Charlie looks at a variety of gardens, formal, tropical, drought tolerant or a cottage garden. He describes the design basics for each of these. Next comes the planning, and paper and a scale ruler are necessary. You may also ask for outside help at this stage. As we follow the advice, photos and diagrams, a plan gradually emerges. It is one that you can tailor to your own wants, and one which will suit your needs.

In Garden of Your Dreams there is a massive amount of information available for the reader to peruse. There is something for everyone, and every garden in this comprehensive book as well as much fun designing, then redesigning your lovely new, gorgeous garden to enjoy for a very long time.