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Gardenista: A Manual for Modern Outdoor Living

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Our homes' outdoor spaces can—and should—be as welcoming and carefully considered as our living rooms; when treated as extensions of our homes, these spaces enrich our lives immeasurably. That was the guiding principle when, under the direction of editor in chief Michelle Slatalla (whose New York Times style columns were weekly must-reads for a decade), the team behind Rem ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Artisan
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Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: garden, nature
Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces by Michelle Slatalla was, for me, no where near, especially with so many shots being indoors. The gorgeous cover misled me to think there would be an abundance of garden rooms, instead I was shown way too many patios, decks, saunas, steps, doors, windows, and kitchens with merely a handful of actual garden images in the “Thirteen Gardens We Love” section. Each told about the gardener and their garden, with a “Steal This Look” section for ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, garden, home
Gardenista is all about the outdoor garden. There are a whole lot of inspirational backyard jungles to look at in here, and though they are all gorgeous, this is not a book for the everyman gardener. Most of us are not going to be able to copy these looks. I’m talking about indoor atriums and walled-in courtyards and 25-foot ponds located on sprawling acreage of native grasses and flowers.

Still, the book is stunning and fun to look through. It’s divided into six parts. Part One features inspirat
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: garden
Despite the fact that this book focuses on professionally designed gardens of rich people and it promotes expensive gardening accessories, I liked the book. Why because many of the gardens had interesting contemporary elements that I could imagine creating. But the main reason is that many of the gardens shown are relaxed comfortable gardens rather than the artificial mulched regimented gardens you see across the American suburban landscape. The author promotes leaving your lawn a little bit lon ...more
Julie Brock
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very soothing book to flip through as escapism. I was able to give it a 5 star rating because, unlike some of the other reviewers, I was under no delusion that I would actually try to plant such gardens. Yes, they require a lot of money and a certain amount of space, but I just wanted to look, not recreate them - hence, no frustration. :)
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Basically a catalog of expensive-looking tools and methods. Not enough great photos, not very accessible to anyone who does not already consider themselves "gardening elite." And honestly, not enough green! This seemed to be more about everything in a garden that is not plant-related. ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
If you're someone who knows nothing about gardening and thinks it's just another room to decorate you'll probably love this book. It's full of hoity toity garden designs that any gardener who actually digs in the dirt will laugh hysterically at. The only ones I found interesting were roof top garden inspired by NYC's Highline and London Winter Garden Conservatory.

Lots of suposedly minimalist stuff thats just downright plain and/or ugly. Things like a bucket under a faucet to wash the sand off y
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Color photos, close-up shots of plants and architectural elements, descriptions of specific features and owners' decisions...this book provided inspiration and ideas to incorporate and dream about.

I enjoy visiting/touring local residential gardens so when I heard about this book, which features thirteen gardens located throughout the world, I knew I had to read it. I found it interesting that several of these gardens are situated in California, and ironically a few in my town of Mill Valley! In
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
How you know you’re getting older: you enjoy looking at lawns and analyzing the details of other people’s landscapes. Noting the types of grasses, trees, fences, gates, ornamental grasses, flowers, shrubs, sheds, benches, fountains, rocks, lighting, garden beds, patios, porches, fire pits, tools, and walkway designs …. let’s just say creating tranquil ambience via outdoor living is an oddly calming / wonderfully time consuming activity. Can someone really get tired of looking at pretty outdoorsy ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gardens
I was lucky enough to win this book from the publisher. While many of the gardens featured are very attractive, they are all large and expensive, and are beyond the reach of most people. The design ideas at the back are quite laughable, and include how to paint a fence black (hint: it involves getting black paint and a paintbrush), and how to ruin the look of wood-handled tools by painting them a glossy black. I love plants and gardening, and I got a couple of ideas from this book, hence the 2 s ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Consider this to be a design/decor book for gardens. It’s not a how-to manual and I don’t think it proclaims to be so I think reviewing it as such does a disservice to potential readers!

I really enjoyed seeing the differences in the various landscapes shown and hearing why each owner or designer chose to do things as they did. Although I’m just a regular person trying to make my yard look nice without paying a fortune, I gathered a lot of insight from these stories that I could apply to my own
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Great ideas, many of them with restricted colors (although I gravitate towards this too).
I hate the author went from California, NYC, The deep south and then London but forgetting even a hint of midwest zones.
So she touches on 3 areas where one could adapt a design but no one in IL or Michigan or even Canada. This was disappointing. I also am curious if she gave stores a shoutout for a gift card or something (snicker) if she received a compensative reward, good for her.
Benjamin Chandler
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A nice collection of images and ideas for designing your yard. Not everything dazzled me, but there were some very nice gardens pictured with some lovely ideas to put in my back pocket in case I ever get to design a back yard.
Lise-Lotte Loomer
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I also know that I will go back to it often to re-visit ideas.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good variety of gardens, I liked the supply list and store options in the back, easy to pick and choose which ones to read about. Doesn't need to be read start to finish. ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, non-fiction
When I win the lottery I'll be able to style my garden like the ones in this book. Great nature photography though. ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Artisan Publishing and Netgalley for early access to this title.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Love to garden and always enjoy garden pics. Liked the addition of products and places to purchase.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I love this book! It’s beautiful, filled with incredible and inspiring outdoor spaces. I can’t but it down! I especially enjoyed the advice from the pros and the Gardenista 100 list.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are lots of different types of gardens in this book.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gardening
More an upscale shopping catalog with great photos than a how to manual. Fortunately I borrowed it from the library so my investment other than my time was nil.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book!
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun and diverse examples.
Brianna Sowinski
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Beautiful gardening inspiration but not super realistic for my space.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a very pretty book with plenty of aspirational gardens to drool over. Overall, not terribly useful as a book for garden planning, but plenty of ideas with a decent variety of spaces and styles. ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love! read again
Carolyn Semple faucher
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: garden, owned
100% garden porn! I never get tired of looking at this book.
Sarah "Kat"
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, gorgeous book of interesting gardens(rooms) from all over the world.
Nina Leung
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent resource for creating any garden, big or small. There are many details that I never would have thought of on my own. And of course the beautiful gardens featured in the book are inspiring.
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Meh. The digital version is just difficult to read. Might like flipping through an actually book one day.
Marissa Morrison
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful spaces. But for a "definitive guide," there is a lack of how-to. ...more
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Michelle Slatalla is a New York Times featured columnist and author of the book The Town on Beaver Creek: The Story of a Lost Kentucky Community. She is also a public speaker, and gave a lecture about "How Internet Has Changed Our Lives" at an alumni luncheon organized by the University of San Francisco. Her presentation is available at The MBA Podcast. She currently writes a weekly column for the ...more

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