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When I first opened this review book my heart almost skipped a beat, I immediately adored Doodle Gardener. What can I say? Winter is slowly giving way, I’ve laundry hanging outside on the line, and my heart is turning toward my garden. Doodle Gardener might be just what I need to think outside the box a bit this year. 🙂
About the Book
Turn the Louvre pyramid into a greenhouse! Design your own folly or maze! Green up a parking lot or experiment with topiary! Whether you have a garden or not, you can let your horticultural imagination run wild. Sam Piyasena’s charming illustrations and Kendra Wilson’s witty activity suggestions provide the inspiration. This fun book will delight lovers of gardens and green spaces of all ages.
About the Author
Kendra Wilson is a writer with an interest in the natural world. Her previous publications include The Book of the Dog (2015, with Angus Hyland) and My Garden is a Car Park (2017). She also writes for the American style blog Gardenista.
What You Get:
Line drawings fill the pages, sometimes done, sometimes with plenty of white space for your own doodles and lines. I do feel a bit intimidated because I am NOT as good an artist as Sam Piyasena the illustrator.
But my skills aren’t the point are they? Sam’s drawings are only there to inspire me in my gardener’s eye for possibilities. What could I plant in a container? What could I envision for a water garden? Dreaming of a hanging garden… what could I see adding beauty?
I particularly enjoyed the square garden… it reminded me of the four square gardens built by the pioneers (at least that’s what come to mind). It was fun to imagine a floating water garden. I’ve been inspired by the floating ones they make in The Netherlands? I think it’s a rather neat idea.
It would be so easy to use the Doodle Gardener in a homeschool setting as many of the images are inspired from gardens around the world. For architects and designers the sheer amount of inspiration you receive in this tome are delightful.
You’ll find quotes scattered throughout, these are written in green in the top left corner of each two page spread. This section also includes bites of history from artists, designers, and gardeners throughout the ages.
I can’t say that I liked every illustration, that would be rare I think. The page of negative space comes to mind. But I loved how it included many of the elements that make up a garden: pools, chairs, shade, hedges and flowers. There are many different elements that make up a successful garden don’t you know.
My suggestion is that if you like gardening and doodling… get this book. You might find your heart smiling as well. 🙂
Doodle Gardener: Imagine, Design, & Draw the Ideal Garden.
Sam Piyasena (illustrator)
Laurence King Publishing
Trade paperback, oversize (8 x 11), 144 pages
Garden, Design, Colour,
Reviewed for Raincoast Books.