March 17, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Talented landscape design duo Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet’s new book Garden Up! is out and you’ve seriously gotta get your hands on one.
A fan of vertical gardening, I love how these gals have packaged their combined creativity with loads of gorgeous photos and do-it-yourself suggestions so readers can not only be inspired, but can start to put some of these great ideas to work in their own spaces.
Creating an Urban Oasis
The section on urban gardens features a stunning wall incorporating porthole-shaped mirrors that create a focal point while also accentuating the light. The authors remind us about the positive impact urban gardens have on the environment, particularly in offsetting the heat island effect.
From Garden to Plate
Morrison and Sweet offer tips and ideas about for growing edibles that will not only taste great, they’ll be delicious to look at, like these strawberries crawling up a PVC pipe.
A vertical edible garden that is as beautiful as it is practical.
Giving Ordinary Objects New Life as Containers
The book addresses recycling and repurposing objects, like this gutter cleverly transformed into a hanging vertical container garden.
“Just about anything can be reinvented as a planter,” Morrison and Sweet show us with these wonderful trellises, above.
Found objects anywhere can lend themselves to creating a vertical garden for your particular space.
Design Strategies and DIY
Garden Up! is full of great design ideas you can implement yourself, like the gladiator garden below.
The book shares some wonderful ideas for making the most of your small space with special attention to creating unique, beautiful environments. When discussing container gardens, the designers suggest strategically layering them to maximize your space while at the same time making it appear larger.
Order your copy now! $12.31 with free shipping:
Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces.
Attend the Garden Up! Cyber Book Party!
The authors are hosting a cyber book party, complete with door prizes and party favors from some of the book’s contributors!
All you have to do for a chance to win is visit the blogs below and leave a comment. Winners will be chosen randomly. The contest runs for a week, so check back on March 21 to see if you’re one of the lucky ones. The more blogs you visit, the more chances to win.
Angela Davis of My Rubber Boots is giving away a $25 gift certificate from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply, known online as GrowOrganic.com, an organic nursery and garden store with a spectacular range of edible seeds, propagation tools and pretty much everything you need to grow your own fruits and vegetables.
Over at Digging, Pam Penick is giving away an incredibly cool succulent wall art kit from Succulent Gardens
Jenny Peterson of J. Peterson Landscape Design is featuring a $75 gift certificate from High Country Gardens. If you’re a fan of ornamental grasses and xeric plants, you’ll love their selection.
Wait, there’s more…!
Rebecca and Susan offering a signed bookplate (hand illustrated by Rebecca) to the first 100 people who purchase the book online. (They’re working on the honor system so there’s no need to prove you made a purchase.) Just send an email with a mailing address and the name you would like the book made out to here:
Grow Up and Enjoy!