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The Jewel Box Garden

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could describe your garden as a jewel box full of beautiful plant treasures? In this sequel to the bestselling Shocking Beauty, garden impresario Thomas Hobbs shows you how. The Jewel Box Garden is a luscious, full-color book that features 160 new and startling photos by renowned garden photographer David McDonald. Hobbs explains his philoso ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 9th 2006 by Timber Press (first published February 14th 2004)
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Debra Daniels-zeller
This amazing gardening book is filled with attitude and inspiration. The pictures are fantastic and the writing is often humorous because Thomas Hobbs is an unapologetic garden snob. A few examples: "red and yellow is artless and screams "Gas Station." "Spectacular eye-popping color can only pop if you allow it to." "Tarting up the garden with too many yum-yums is a pitfall not just resserved for the rich." And more than once he cautions "no plastic." This book is a great gardening treasure. I l ...more
‘The Jewel Box Garden’ is not your average gardening book. You’ll find no advice on composting or dealing with insects; this book is strictly about the aesthetics of gardening. Far more picture than text, it’s a book of inspiration, not instruction. The book is filled with vignettes of plants that are jewels on their own, and are supported by being used in combo with other plants and with planters, statues and other hardscaping. His theme is that you want to create beauty in the garden, and not ...more
An unexpectedly hilarious, sassy, and judgmental guide to garden design and plant pairings, with the most stunning botanical photography I have ever seen. The featured gardens are mostly in temperate climates with lots of precipitation, so while the general concepts can translate to any climate, much of this book is inspirational rather than aspirational.
This is a great garden book with phenomenal photography of at least a zillion gardens. Not too much prose, but nice descriptions of how foliage, texture, color and sizes of plants should contrast in ways to enhance your garden. While the specific plant combos won't work in Florida, the concepts do.
Gorgeous! The photographs in the book are amazing and the gardens themselves are innovative and startlingly bright. This book is the perfect midwinter treat to start you imagining everything you could do in the spring and summer. Happy vivid splashes of living art. Yay!
Incredibly gorgeous photography paired with opinionated text about how to design your garden. His referring to dracaena spikes in containers as the last refuge of the desperate has caused me to change my ways!
Darcy North
Really pretty to look through if you like gardening! Some over-the-top stuff but inspiring.
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