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Gordon Hayward graduated from Wesleyan University with a Masters, having already begun his 17 year career teaching high school students how to write. He gardened for clients part-time during those years and in 1977 restored the gardens around the Broadwell Manor House in The Cotswold Hills in England. For the past 20 years Gordon and his wife Mary, (who is from the Cotswolds) have been developing a one and one-half acre garden around their 220 year old cape in southern Vermont. In 1984,Gordon turned to the work of garden design, lecturing and writing full time. He consults across the country for residential clients, their architects and builders. Gordon has written nine books and over 50 articles for gardening magazines.Gordon travels extensively across the country, designing residential gardens and lecturing on garden design. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont. Gordon has appeared at Village Square Booksellers several times for lecture- slide shows relating to his books.
In Art and the Gardener, Gordon Hayward's tenth book on garden design, he makes a radical departure from his earlier approaches in order to explore elements of visual language across two artistic disciplines-fine painting and garden design-in hopes that the remarkable crosscurrents will help reveal how to design or simply appreciate your garden with greater acuity. In cele brating the visual language garden designers share with painters and artists such as Thomas Cole, Camille Pissarro, Piet Mondrian, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Vincent van Gogh, and many others, Hayward explains how, by looking at fine paintings you admire, you can more carefully choose your garden style, the relationship between house and garden, the overall composition, specific design principles, roles trees play in the garden, color, and how to bring it all together.
How to keep any garden looking its best, through the seasons and through the years. Gardening is the primary recreational activity of Americans. Since the 1980s, when gardening caught fire as a national passion, we have spent billions of dollars on what we grow for our own pleasure; and in all that time, not one book has been published on the broad subject of garden maintenance.
For twenty-five years, the Haywards, expert horticultural consultants and authors of many books and articles, have been tending their own garden in Vermont. Here, beautiful photographs illustrate how and what the Haywards do in their garden from earliest spring until snowfall: pruning trees and shrubs; planting, staking, and dividing perennials; and edging, deadheading, and weeding. They also include many tips for reducing maintenance. Their advice can be put to work in the reader's garden, regardless of size or location. Line drawings by Elayne Sears give more details on specific techniques. Anecdotal, encouraging, and crammed with information, this is a gorgeous treatment of a very practical subject.
Sitting in a vine-covered gazebo framing a lakeside view, walking under a pergola connecting an orchard and pool garden, having lunch in a summerhouse with lavender blooms in the foreground while roses scramble over the roof-variety is what engages visitors to a garden, and once you understand that garden design gathers around making places for people, then you begin to find just the right places for plants that will engage those people.
Built structures in a garden provide anchors, centers and starting places for good garden design. Features such as garden sheds, arbors, pergolas, gazeboes, trellises, fences, gates, bridges, decks, arches and small buildings-playhouses, summerhouses and pool houses-provide valuable clues as to how to develop gardens around them, and how using a variety of these structures can solve many design problems.
In Small Buildings Small Gardens, author Gordon Hayward teaches you his design process, which will help answer many questions about how to develop a design for your new or existing garden:
. Where should I put a new bed?
. How big should it be?
. What shape should it be?
. How does it relate to existing beds?
. How should I plant this new garden so it fits in with those that already exist yet adds to the overall experience of my garden?
Packed with case studies of private gardens from around the world, Small Buildings Small Gardens offers practical, essential advice on siting built structures to help you gain the confidence in designing your own garden masterpieces.
The front garden is one of the areas he explored in Your House, Your Garden and is the foundation of this examination of how house, garden, sidewalk and street can be integrated into an aesthetically pleasing and functional design. Haywood asserts that "front gardens welcome, enliven, enrich and engage us." He goes on to analyze key elements including style; driveways and parking; walkways; the front door; the front lawn; extending the garden to the sidewalk or street; walls, fences and gates; and sitting areas. Finally, he offers helpful, if relatively brief, listings of street-tough plants for six U.S. regions. The lush color photographs and illustrated landscape plans alone make this a valuable addition to any serious gardener's library. But there's an even more compelling reason everyone who enjoys gardening books should own this one: it's based entirely on Haywood's analysis of existing photographs. Explanations of his approach help readers learn to "look at these images, manipulate them, change them in your mind so that the gardens in these photographs become an inspiration for your own garden making."
Husband and wife Gordon and Mary Hayward invite readers to learn from their mistakes and triumphs throughout two decades of creating and tending to their home's one and a half acres of gardens. The land outside their old Vermont farmhouse was once overrun with brambles, buried beneath abandoned cars and hidden under rotted mulch. Together, the Haywards designed a set of connected yards and gardens—complete with sitting and dining areas, water features, topiaries and outdoor sculpture—that mixed the indigenous New England landscape with Mary's English upbringing. This is not a project-by-project how-to book but rather a detailed look at the techniques the Haywards used to create their own gorgeous garden. Their methods promise to help amateur landscape designers create spaces that are unique, personal and harmonious with the surroundings. Using their own garden as an example, the Haywards demonstrate the importance of controlling edges, lines, transitions and focal points. Two hundred color photographs, including seasonal shots and before-and-afters, offer proof of the effectiveness of the Haywards's intuitive design philosophy.
Finally, homeowners can tackle new garden designs and fix old ones with the confidence and know-how to succeed. Professional garden designer Gordon Hayward provides the tools by demonstrating the guiding principles behind his own designs: take clues from the style, materials, and proportions of existing features, particularly your house, but also garages and outbuildings, property lines, streets, walls, and walkways. Look closely at these features, and they will suggest good design. Over sixty color photographs and over one hundred detailed watercolor sketches of Hayward's plans for his clients show how to read the clues and then design gardens that relate to their surroundings and unify entire properties. Many tricks of the trade are given, including how to make inviting, sheltering entry gardens; screen unsightly features and utilities; and reclaim narrow, shady side yards. Surefire methods for designing front, side, and backyard gardens are explained.
How to use stone-in walls, walkways, terraces, and more-to create beautiful, lasting gardens. Stone furnishes the framework, the structure, and the sense of permanence that transforms gardens. Whether in the form of retaining walls or benches, terraces or walkways, as bold standing stones or as boulders at the edge of a small stream or pond, stone lends a garden focus, providing the perfect foil to plants.