The Master Book of the Water Garden: A Book Review

The Master Book of the Water Garden: A Book Review
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The Master Book of The Water Garden:

The Ultimate guide to designing and maintaining water gardens by Philip Swindells

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The Master Book of the Water Garden is the only book you will ever need on water gardens. It is a visual and artistic guide, but at the same time it's the ultimate do-it-yourself manual. Author Philip Swindells writes of water gardens "combining science and art" and he shows us the art behind successful water gardens of all sizes, while explaining the science of creating them. He gives all the nuts and bolts you'll need to create your own peaceful respite.

The chapter on the basics of design includes:

-Formal Garden

-Semi-Formal Garden


-Wildlife Garden

-Natural Water Gardens

-The Bog Garden

-The Streamside

-Water Meadows


-Indoor Pools

-Moving Water (fountains and more)

I liked the budget and planning tips given by the author. He exlains many ways to save money when it's possible, and gives realistic advice about working within your budget to create a quality garden. The other thing that made this the ultimate book on water gardens is that it combines inspiration in the beautiful pictures and an enthusiastic writing style with solid information and diagrams to guide you through whatever project you take on. For me, this made the book invaluable.

I was delighted to discover the variety of mini water gardens one can create! Instead of waiting for our move to the country, I can create windowbox sized gardens. This is also a great way to learn techniques and later move up to larger gardens. The book also has a detailed plant and fish directory, and advice on choosing both for your garden. The last chapter goes in-depth into garden care including water quality, plant propagation, pests, diseases and seasonal care.

The Master Book of the Water Garden lives up to it's title in every way. Philip Swindells has written a guide complete with everything the beginner or the experienced gardener will need to develop a water garden and it's a joy to read!

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About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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