The Idiosyncratic Garden

How to crreate and enjoy a personalized outdoor space

by H. Ralph Schumacher With Elizabeth S. Schumacher



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/12/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 104
ISBN : 9781480847996
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 104
ISBN : 9781480847989

About the Book

Every garden offers opportunities to innovate and reflect personal interests, or as shown in H. Ralph Schumacher’s book, to be idiosyncratic. This lavishly illustrated guide offers inspirational ideas from both Philadelphia area gardens and the author’s own garden for developing distinctive features for any garden. Some of the topics covered include topography, color schemes, seasonal changes, focal points, using art in the garden, plant selection, and creating themes in the garden. The text and accompanying illustrations trace the evolution of the author’s garden since 1967, when he purchased his home. A jungle gym used by his young children transitions into a frame for a climbing vine. Personal touches, including a handmade weathervane and terracotta jar, as well as various bird feeders and a sundial, enliven the landscape. The author includes ideas and objects picked up on his travels and demonstrate how to successfully incorporate themes from other cultures into one’s own unique garden. He documents how the landscape in his own garden changes with the seasons. Writing in a conversational, accessible style, Schumacher’s book is the perfect companion on a delightful journey into the world of creating memorable, distinctive gardens.

About the Author

H. Ralph Schumacher has gardened with his wife, Elizabeth, since 1967 and created an award-winning terraced hillside garden in Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania. He has written about their garden in various publications, opened it to many groups over the years as it evolved, and most recently had it recognized by inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens.