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Named a Best Gift Book for Gardeners by The New York
Times Book Review
, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco
Chronicle
, Seattle Times, Domino magazine, and
Goop.


The team behind the inspirational design
sites Gardenista.com and Remodelista.com presents an all-in-one manual
for making your outdoor space as welcoming as your living room. Tour
personality-filled gardens around the world and re-create the looks with
no-fail planting palettes. Find hundreds of design tips and easy DIYs,
editors’ picks of 100 classic (and stylish) objects, a landscaping
primer with tips from pros, over 200 resources, and so much more.
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Apr 07, 2018

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 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 points of interest after every showcased space. It was everything I ended my subscription to Fine Gardening because of. (When I buy a book or magazine about gardens, I expect to see gardens, not pools.) I would have been happy if they gave more extensive page allowance to the actual gardens of “The Antiquarians at Home” and their gorgeously lush terrain and “ The Fairy-Tale Garden in the City” with its notes of whimsy in a walled her yard. Both, by no coincidence, in London. The “Color Stories” chapter did present more delights via the English gardens shown and one Californian. I did appreciate the 10 design ideas. “Finishing Touches” were a waste. (A plain mailbox. A Stackable washer dryer..in the garden?) And then The Gardenista 100: 36 pages of their picks for outdoors, that included a promo paragraph and where to find it with image. This, to me, was the biggest waste of space. Basically, it was a catalogue with 2-3 images per page taking up pages I would rather see noted items being used...IN A GARDEN! Following that was the “Expert Advice” section, which actually held some interest. “Before You Dig, was informative to the novice. “Where to Splurge, Where to Save” was common sense with no revelations. “Small Details, Big Impact” had some good tips. “Getting (environmentally) Friendly” was also a good section. “The Process” went into creating a team to do your garden for you. Then “Resources We Swear By” .. another catalogue section, but without the pictures. Then finishing up with a list of their Featured Architects, Designers, and Landscape Architects” before the index pages. At $40 for this hardback, I recommend waiting for a soft back version at (hopefully) half the cost. I would not call this a total waste, but from page 292 on, it came close. 389 pages, not including index, 8x10, full color images.

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. ...more
5

May 03, 2017

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. Im 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. Its divided into six parts. Part One features 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 inspirational gardens located mostly in California, New York, Massachusetts, and London. Part Two discusses attractive garden color palettes–but, honestly, this felt more like an extension of Part One’s drool-worthy gardens. Part Three offers ideas on how to elevate outdoor living “rooms,” and shows examples of eat-in kitchens, porches, glamping spaces, and courtyards, among others.

Part Four is a smorgasbord of DIY ideas for making your outdoor spaces more interesting and functional. So, for example, it shows you how to create your own work table and make a rolling container garden. It also suggests projects like installing a dog shower or using a tree branch to hold your hose. There are also more practical ideas relating to hardscape, like creating interesting paths and improving drainage.

Part Five offers a selection of favorite gardening tools and decorations. As a beginning gardener, I found this section to be helpful. (I never knew legit plant misters existed! I’ve been using a ghetto plastic spray bottle this whole time…). But don’t expect to find specifics on brands or where to conveniently locate certain items. The author does suggest websites for every item listed, but when I visited some of the sites, I found them to be super specific. As in, this company only sells gardening gloves. And that one only sells flower pots. Also, many of the websites aren’t American. So it’s great that you really love that beautiful modern plant stand, but you’re going to have to go through a Finnish website to buy it. Not the most practical for me…

Part Six is a wee little section (by far the shortest of the book) that shares gardening tips from the pros. Despite its brevity, I found it to be useful.

Ultimately, I loved Gardenista. It’s garden eye-candy at its finest. The book is inspirational, though not the most practical for the everyday gardener. Regardless, I still loved looking at these pages and seeing all the prettiness that could be. ...more
5

Apr 14, 2018

I have 3 requirements of the books I read: (1) that they captivate me (2) I learn (3) we meet at the right time.
Even a flip-through of Gardenista is enchanting. The book's forethought and craft in combining plants, trees, and shrubs while also sharing images that feel like art, enthralled me. I would be happy to paint any photo in this book. When I dug into reading, the information offered was practical, specific, and timely. I hoped for ideas to integrate into my little patch of dirt. I I have 3 requirements of the books I read: (1) that they captivate me (2) I learn (3) we meet at the right time.
Even a flip-through of Gardenista is enchanting. The book's forethought and craft in combining plants, trees, and shrubs while also sharing images that feel like art, enthralled me. I would be happy to paint any photo in this book. When I dug into reading, the information offered was practical, specific, and timely. I hoped for ideas to integrate into my little patch of dirt. I stopped at 8 pages of notes and decided this was a book I'd have to own. (Thank you Nashville Public Library for an introduction to Gardenista!) Now, some of my enthusiasm may have stemmed from perusing this manual during the cooler months of Middle TN. Something in me burns as winter nears its end and spring nears without any book-fueled inspiration. I couldn't get to a physical bookstore right away to purchase Gardenista, so in my enthusiasm, I ventured over to Gardenista.com...oh! I could get an on-going fix of learning and beauty right on their site! And they have guest posts. And they give writer's credit. And there is a mix for a variety of landscape terrains. And a good balance of insight for outdoor spaces both humble and grand. And tips applicable for almost any budget. The content there is, again, practical, lovely, and diverse. It almost renewed my faith in the goodness of the Internet. Almost.
I wish there were more individual profiles of the people contributing to Gardenista; book and site. I always appreciate knowing where contributors got their experience, education, insight or inspiration. I love to see when a diversity of the following results in a rich flow of voices. It seems that rich flow is the high bar Gardenista has set for themselves.
So, I have high expectations that the collaboration will continue showing the results of their manifesto:
"Gardens matter. So does your patio, your porch, your front stoop, or your apartment's sunny windowsill. The proof is everywhere: treating the outdoors as a natural extension of living space makes you happier. It doesn’t matter if you’re a neophyte or a master gardener: You can do this."

Love. Here's my hope for Gardenist, the Manual AND Gardenista the collaboration:
Please, oh, please! Get thee to the inner city, Gardenista! Please work more with those who have less--less cash, less outdoor space, and less opportunity, perhaps, to benefit from the fruits of gardening.
This manual certainly inspired me to consider how I might pay forward what I learned and enjoyed from this book. I hope to buy a copy, not only for my own library, but as a gift to some young gardeners who can't otherwise afford to own and share such a treasure. ...more
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Feb 03, 2017

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 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 long, letting plants grow and tangle together. What a wonderful concept! It is what I do because I have more ideas and plants than energy! ...more
5

Mar 08, 2017

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. :)
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Jan 04, 2017

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.
4

Feb 20, 2018

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 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 fact, I'm pretty sure I've visited the author's garden on a tour last year. This made the book even more enjoyable. Plus, three years ago we landscaped our front outdoor space and are continually tweaking it as well as starting to work on a side yard - fun to compare the ideas in this book with my plans. ...more
2

May 05, 2017

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 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 stars. A bit of a missed opportunity really, this could have been a much better book. ...more
5

May 13, 2018

Consider this to be a design/decor book for gardens. Its not a how-to manual and I dont 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 Im 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 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 property. I recommend it for sure. ...more
3

Jun 18, 2017

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.
3

May 14, 2017

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.
4

May 06, 2017

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.
2

Jun 11, 2018

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.
5

Jul 02, 2017

Thanks to Artisan Publishing and Netgalley for early access to this title.
5

Jun 25, 2019

Beautiful, gorgeous book of interesting gardens(rooms) from all over the world.
4

Feb 11, 2019

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.
3

Jul 08, 2017

Love to garden and always enjoy garden pics. Liked the addition of products and places to purchase.
3

Dec 29, 2018

Beautiful gardening inspiration but not super realistic for my space.
5

Mar 02, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. I also know that I will go back to it often to re-visit ideas.
3

Jun 10, 2017

When I win the lottery I'll be able to style my garden like the ones in this book. Great nature photography though.
4

Apr 04, 2018

I love this book! Its beautiful, filled with incredible and inspiring outdoor spaces. I cant but it down! I especially enjoyed the advice from the pros and the Gardenista 100 list. 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. ...more
5

Dec 06, 2019

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.
4

Dec 23, 2016

Subtle, contemporary, quietly inspiring, moderately practical. I'll keep it on my reference shelf.
3

Feb 11, 2017

Stick with the blog and get this from the library. Garden designs are amazing but tools section is ridiculous.
3

Jan 02, 2017

This is a gorgeous book, I want to own it, but all the spaces contained in it are definitely out of the price ranges of almost anyone who would read it. It's really pretty aspirational lifestyle porn, and as much as I did love it, it also made me feel sort of shitty, about my tiny back deck garden on my tiny small town townhouse, which could be my problem or could be a problem from the fact that there wasn't a single "normal person" garden in it. I don't know. I loved it. It also unintentionally This is a gorgeous book, I want to own it, but all the spaces contained in it are definitely out of the price ranges of almost anyone who would read it. It's really pretty aspirational lifestyle porn, and as much as I did love it, it also made me feel sort of shitty, about my tiny back deck garden on my tiny small town townhouse, which could be my problem or could be a problem from the fact that there wasn't a single "normal person" garden in it. I don't know. I loved it. It also unintentionally makes you feel bad about not being able to afford a townhouse in London with a conservatory in it. ...more

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