Roof Terrace Gardening

Roof terraces and balconies are oases in an urban landscape. As a viewing platform, a theatrical setting or a place of retreat, the roof garden fulfils many needs in the city.

The new book ‘Roof Terrace Gardening’ by Michele Osborne celebrates the elevated garden, showing there is little to beat the rooftop for experiencing an sense of space and light, and enjoying the view. Illustrated with over 300 photographs of sky-high locations, from England to New York to New Zealand, the book offers a range of styles, and themes: formal and informal designs, spaces for entertaining, modern showcases and contemplative spaces. With advice on boundaries, surfaces, decoration, lighting and planting, this book shows how to transform a rooftop space.

Chelsea Flower Show – A Centenary Celebration

The Chelsea Flower Show is an annual and world famous horticultural and social event in London. In May 2013 the Chelsea Show celebrates its hundredth birthday. A book ‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show’ by Brent Elliott will be the essential centenary souvenir and a must have for people interested in this event.

The book explores how the show evolved, how it became part of the social calendar and how it reflected and shaped tastes in garden design and planting over the years. Outstanding personalities will be highlighted as well as outstanding gardens. Sprinkled through the book, short pieces by significant nurserymen and nurserywomen, visitors, designers and organisers describe what Chelsea means to them.

‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show’ will be arranged chronologically, with chapters on the early shows, shows between the wars and decade by decade to the present day. Illustrations will largely be drawn from the extensive Royal Horticultural Society archive and will include photographs in colour and black and white, plans, posters and other ephemera. Many will be published here for the first time. The book will be available from April 2013.

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Garden on Top: Unique Ideas for Roof Gardens

Roof gardens represent the “highest level” of garden design. They are lifestyle oases – classic, modern, rural or romantic – that show nature and architecture close to the sky in perfect harmony.

In the new book “Garden on top”, famous architects and garden designers present exclusive roof garden ideas with contemporary materials, convincing plants, trendy furniture and modern light installations, from all five continents. Architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s statement that “anything that is horizontal under the open sky belongs to nature. Roads and roofs should be tree-covered…” is put into practice in a contemporary way. The author, Barbara P. Meister, is an experienced garden and landscape designer, qualified teacher and communications manager.