26 September 2023

Garden of Your Dreams

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

By Charlie Albone, Murdoch Books, $39.99.

Design it. Build it. Dig it. Enjoy it. A Garden of Your Dreams. It will, undoubtedly, be a practical guide to your best outdoor transformation ever.

There is no time like the present to start thinking about how you are going to transform your outdoor space — with summer just around the corner.

Award-winning garden designer and landscape expert from Better Homes & Gardens, Charlie Albone has the design ideas and know-how to lead you down the correct garden path. Walk with him as he guides you through the process of turning that specific alfresco space — ­into your own personal oasis!

“I find that spending time outdoors in a gorgeous garden is the best form of physical and emotional self-care; the day fades away, and you get the chance to reset and repair.”

The colourfully illustrated book takes you through the processes as well as the tips and tricks you should follow when creating a beautiful garden that will pull you outside, increase your home’s liveability and improve your wellbeing.

Albone begins by telling his story, which all started, surprisingly, with a car accident.

The book is broken into eight sections, covering everything you need to know from how to plan your garden through to choosing the best plants for your space.

Questions are answered about where do you start, realising that it’s all in the planning, options for entertaining spaces, making the most of small spaces, the importance of soil preparation, how to ensure that plants make a garden come to life and create and maintain the perfect lawn.

Packed full of ideas with a dash of inspiration and sprinkled with how-to, Albone walks you through the process of working out what you want, doing a site analysis and creating a concept plan.

Investing in a Garden of Your Dreams is a blooming good idea!

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