I used to love watching P. Allen Smith when he was on TV. He may still be on TV, does anyone know? Many years ago when he was the speaker at a spring garden tour in Macon, Georgia, I drove down with a friend to attend the tour and hear him speak. I was so impressed with how down-to-earth and nice he was. Over the years I’ve purchase a number of his books and the one I’m sharing today is my favorite because it’s about his home and garden, a home he saved from being torn down.
In the BNOTP Library: P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Creating a Garden for Everyday Living
Author: P. Allen Smith
Hardcover: 224 pages
Book size: 11.1 x 8.8 x 1 inches
3 Things I Like About This Book:
- This book is all about P. Allen Smith’s amazing feat of having a 1904 Colonial Revival Cottage that was about to be torn down moved to an historic neighborhood, then designing and building the most amazing gardens all around it.
- You don’t see the inside of the home in this book because the focus is on designing and creating the beautiful garden “rooms” that surround the home. I think this was the first time I really understand what creating a “room” in the garden meant. The Before and After pictures are absolutely amazing!
- This book has a lot of practical advice for the gardener, especially if you want to learn how a garden is planned and designed. If you love gardening, you will love this book. I only dream of having a garden like the one that Allen creates! This book also made me want to have chickens running around in the garden.
You can see some of his garden in this wonderful video:
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