The Garden Tiles Design by Herb Levenson is a book that anyone interested in creating their own garden can read. Levenson writes with a combination of inspiration and history, so you can see a step-by-step blueprint for creating your very own unique garden design.
Levenson provides more than just a step-by-step plan for creating a beautiful garden. He gives you descriptions of the different types of garden tiles used today, including new and old designs. He also includes instructions for making your own tile art pieces, making a living rock garden, creating an outdoor fireplace, and even some details on how to make your own indoor garden.
In addition to this wealth of information, you will find a wealth of examples from the book. Levenson explains how he made his garden designs, and the illustrations of his work to add a personal touch to the book.
Of course, as with all creative work, there are times when Levenson leans towards using illustrations over a step-by-step description. For example, on page 48 of the book, Levenson describes his use of an eyedropper with a rubber hose for tiling (or better yet, paving) a beautiful new patio door.
At first glance, it might seem like Levenson had really thought about what he was doing, but in fact, the illustration in the book that is right there next to the description is just for emphasis. Levenson wrote the description for the design with no reference to what the illustration depicts. It’s just a drawing to give the readers a sense of what the final product would look like.
It’s a shame because Levenson shows so much knowledge when it comes to creating beautiful gardens. From learning the various different types of garden tiles to giving you tips for creating a pleasing garden design, to explain the different ways to layout your garden, Levenson offers a wealth of knowledge in this easy to read the book.
One of the great things about this book is that it is a step-by-step plan. You do not have to buy every book you see to know everything you need to know about garden design. From basic to complex designs, the book provides it all.
The second thing that sets this book apart from other books on landscaping is the information that Levenson provides about building materials. Instead of simply telling you what you need to buy, he explains why some products are better than others for your particular design.
Because he has done a lot of research into building materials used for landscaping, you can be sure that your new buildings and features are durable and will withstand the test of time. These make the book worth the purchase price.
Levenson also provides an extensive explanation of how to layout your garden. Whether you want to lay out a garden bed, garden walkway, or a flowerbed, you will learn how to accomplish the task.
Another thing that sets the Garden Tiles Design apart from other books on landscaping is that Levenson does not simply discuss designing. He also explores ideas and possibilities, giving you suggestions for your very own unique garden.
At the end of the day, this book is worth the purchase price for the clear cut plans that Levenson offers. From innovative design methods to landscape ideas, this book provides you with everything you need to create a beautiful garden that you can enjoy for years to come.