Tomorrow's Garden

Tomorrow's Garden

Design and Inspiration for A New Age of Sustainable Gardening

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Shares guidelines for gardening aesthetically while promoting environmental responsibility, profiling 14 small gardens in American cities that demonstrate recommended combinations of simplicity, beauty and sustainability. Original.

McMillan Palgrave
With a keen eye for aesthetics matched by a strong concern for the environment, garden expert Stephen Orr has developed a sense of what a modern garden should be: small, visually pleasing, and responsible. In Tomorrow's Garden, he presents gardens in 14 American cities that have been scaled back and simplified without sacrificing beauty or innovative design.

A devoted supporter of the organic gardening movement, Orr advises gardeners to think about their gardens as part of an interconnected whole with the surrounding environment--with an eye to water usage, local ecology, and preservation of resources. However, for those who are afraid that a sustainable garden means a lack of flora and fauna, Orr believes that a garden, first and foremost, should be a thing of beauty. He encourages flower lovers to plant flowers, and he showcases gardens filled with traditional and exotic plants that are designed with both visual appeal and the environment in mind.

With detailed case studies, stunning photographs, and an appendix of resources and information to help gardeners achieve their ecological best, Tomorrow's Garden will teach you the true definition of sustainability and show you how to create beauty without excess in the 21st century and beyond.

Book News
Stephen Orr (gardening editorial director Martha Stewart Living magazine) shares his vision of 21st century gardening in over 200 gorgeous photographs he has taken of gardens in 10 US cities. Gardens now (and will in the future), he says, take into account local climates and ecosystems without sacrificing aesthetics. In sections titled "Garden where you live," "Consider the materials," and "Edible gardens and community" he indeed has his finger on the pulse of modern gardening's commitment to sustainability coupled with fabulous design and passion for invoking a commonality of purpose. Street gardens, an urban apiary, gardens of stone and water, a modernist children's garden, seaside gardens, and a family farm are but a few of the featured spaces, which along with Orr's engaging narrative and judicious advice, make this a likely favorite among this year's crop of gardening books. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Orr traveled from coast to coast to find gardens both large and small that show how responsible gardeners are reimagining the definition of a modern garden and addressing design, plant choice, water usage, materials, and more, in exciting, innovative, and often surprising ways.
Presents gardens both large and small that show how responsible gardeners are reimagining the definition of a modern garden, duscussing such topics as design, plant choice, water usage, recycling, and landscape materials.

Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale, c2011
ISBN: 9781605294681
Branch Call Number: 712.6 ORR
Characteristics: xxi, 234 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.


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Rebecca_Kohn Apr 30, 2018

What does it really mean to plant a sustainable garden? Stephen Orr explains that the answer will vary depending on where your garden is located and then provides examples of gardens across the country that have answered that question in context sensitive ways. This book provides excellent food for thought as well as interesting examples for new or experienced gardeners looking to design and plant outdoor spaces in ways that recognize the climate and water considerations of their specific environment. Orr provides examples ranging from Los Angeles backyards to Brooklyn rooftops. With elegant photographs and a well written argument for local garden design, this book will provide information and inspiration for gardeners seeking to customize garden spaces iwith environmentally friendly methods.

debwalker Jun 05, 2011

In TOMORROW’S GARDEN: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening, Stephen Orr writes gracefully about the mellowing of his own design sensibilities. Orr has traveled the country in search of gardens that yoke environmental sensitivity to aesthetic pleasures. Gardeners, he argues, must start considering “sustainability in water usage, plant choices, local ecology and preservation of resources.” But, wisely, he resists a didactic tone, concentrating instead on describing small plots whose modest beauties speak volumes. There are intriguing designs here for any gardener."

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