March 2014 Book Review
Garden Club of South Carolina
Where has our garden club year gone? Here it is March and I do not think any of us will mind saying “Goodbye” to the winter of 2013-2014. Spring is around the corner and I have chosen a thought-provoking gardening book to help get your spring gardening starting. Put down the seed catalogues and listen to what David Culp has to say in his book The Layered Garden, Design Lessons for Year Round Beauty.
The author livesin the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania. The setting is his home, his garden and much more. The bones of this book and how he created such a space are applicable to any garden. You simply use plant material that grows in your area of the country. This is the principle of layering; you literally layer plants, fences, ornaments, anything that occupies your gardens. Most importantly, this is done by taking in the vertical and horizontal space your garden occupies. The end result is amazing. David Culp thinks out-of-the-box as well as in-the-box.
In many ways the Layered Garden is two books. First, the story is of the author’s life. Second, the story is of how to garden by layering. The color photography by Rob Cardillo will take you on a separateenjoyable journey. So much is between the covers of this book; something for every digger in the dirt.
Timber Press published this volume in 2012. It can be found in book stores, on the internet, and I have seen it in several nurseries that carry books.
I leave you with this quotation from Francis Bacon in Of Gardens written in 1625. “I do hold it in the royal ordering of gardens, there ought to be gardens for all the months in the year, in which, severally, things of beauty may be then in season.”
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