Garden Ornaments and Statuary

Peter McHoy, Author Salem House Publishers $14.95 (79p) ISBN 978-0-88162-243-0
According to McHoy (Container Gardening, etc.) the first garden ornaments were probably idols or monuments to deities, which the Romans appropriated from a conquered Greece. In this interesting, helpful British import, McHoy follows a brief history with advice to the modern gardener on how ornaments and statuaryfrom birdbaths to benchescan enhance a garden. He explains (several times) how a properly placed ornament can be the focal point of a garden and warns against picking up various objects on vacation trips lest one's yard become a ""gnome garden.'' He repeatedly counsels restraint, balance and scale (``a large figure of a naked lady set on a small lawn is likely to dominate the garden and ruin any sense of design''). The black-and-white drawings and beautiful color photographs illustrate McHoy's design principles, although they are not always aligned with the text. (October 5)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1987
Release date: 10/01/1987
Paperback - 80 pages - 978-0-7063-6921-2
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