Entry two in the Spring 2010 Gardening Book Binge
A Child’s Garden by Molly DannenmaierThis is another child-oriented landscaping book, one that I would put more on the inspirational than the practical side. They talk about different features that children like, but the sample gardens are mostly not ones I’d consider possible to replicate at home. The first garden, for example, was in a very modest sized back yard. But the back yard (side and front landscaped equally beautifully but differently) included a tree house, a man-made waterfall and pool, filled in with over 80 species of plants. Both parents were professional master gardeners, it turned out, and this level of expertise was typical in the book. Gardens were either home gardens of professionals or public children’s gardens. On the up side, gardens from all over the country were featured, so there were ideas for more climate zones than many other books. Near the end were some more practical themed garden ideas including plant lists for gardens including a dinosaur garden and Chinese and African gardens. I found it entertaining, but definitely more on the eye-candy versus the practical end of the spectrum.