Picks and Pans Review: The House of Boughs

UPDATED 05/06/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/06/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT

edited by Elizabeth Wilkinson and Marjorie Henderson

This big, handsome volume is subtitled "A Sourcebook of Garden Designs, Structures, and Suppliers." It is a wish book for everyone with an even faintly green thumb. It opens with a portfolio of inspiring color photographs: orange and yellow blooms against a stone wall, daisies in an 18th-century garden in France, a latticework summer-house on a Virginia plantation, bamboo fences in a Japanese garden, purple and white petunias at an adobe villa in Monterey, Calif. Then, in encyclopedic fashion, the book begins with "Alleys and Avenues" and goes alphabetically through "Water Surprises" and "Wells." The illustrations—drawings, plans, photographs, diagrams—are lavish. In the section on garden houses there are samples from China, Italy, England and America—everything from primitive grass huts to the most elaborate follies and secret places in which the wealthy play. The section on suppliers provides the addresses of firms that offer everything from benches to reproductions of Victorian millwork, greenhouses to lily ponds, sundials to outdoor lighting fixtures. The authors, both Californians, work in home designing. Their book is perfect for those rainy days when the avid gardener can't get out to dig in the dirt. (Viking, $35)

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