Author(s): Sally Coulthard
Gardens are now considered by many people to be an extension of the home, and with the popularity of reclaiming, re-using and re-inventing rather than buying brand new items, now is the time to embrace the value of outdoor salvage. Gardenalia provides the inspiration and the know-how for creating a perfect outdoor room. In the first section of the book Sally Coulthard guides the reader through the myriad choices of recycled and reclaimed materials and objects you can employ in your garden to inject style and personality. Gardenalia can be introduced in many forms, from recycled wooden fences and charming old gates, to reclaimed brick for paths and edging, and metal plant supports, pergolas and arches. Statuary and ornaments offer decorative devices and design focal points. All types of furniture - from classical benches to weather-beaten old tables and retro deckchairs - can create stylish areas for dining and relaxing, while containers and tools provide the perfect finishing touches. The second section covers a wide variety of different garden spaces, taking in potagers, vintage and formal style gardens, relaxing spaces, container gardening, colourful corners, potting sheds, spaces for work and play and even animal sanctuaries for wildlife and pets. A host of inventive ideas show you how to breathe new life and uses into salvaged pieces. Gardenalia offers practical guidance for the perennial garden tasks of planning your space, incorporating seating and eating areas and creating exciting backdrops and structures for your plants.
Sally Coulthard is author of the bestselling Shed Chic and also blogs as The Garden Decorator. She has written more than eight other books about property, gardens and home life, including The Reclaimers, Restored to Glory: A Guide to Renovating Your Period Home and Pure Living: How to Detox Your Home. After reading Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University, Sally channelled her love of old buildings and gardens into restoring, decorating and writing about characterful houses and outdoor spaces. A regular contributor to Country Living magazine and a monthly columnist for the Yorkshire Post, Sally has also written for BBC Homes & Antiques, The Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Independent, as well as appearing on television and radio. Sally also runs 'Huts & Hideaways', a company making miniature shepherds huts for children. Her new book for Jacqui Small, Gardenalia, is to be published in Autumn 2012. http://thegardendecorator.blogspot.com