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Yard and Garden Makeovers

Your Guide to Creating a Beautiful, Logical Landscape
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Price: $39.95
Hardcover: 174 pages
Publisher: Ball Publishing ©2008
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1883052645
Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 1 inches
Weight: 1.8 pounds
In their years of landscape design experience, George and Brian Kay have been bothered by designers and contractors who force their designs on their customers, making all of the jobs look like they came from a cookie cutter. The Kays prefer to determine how their clients’ yards are used, what their clients enjoy, and the feel of the home and neighborhood and to develop a personalized plan their clients will love. Beauty and logic are equally important to the Kays, and they carry that theme throughout the book, showing through photographs, landscape plans, and insightful text how the two can be combined in any landscape. They emphasize natural elements as part of the construction and reinforce the ideas that designs of yards and gardens should reflect their owners’ sensibilities and their use of outdoor areas. Key to the book are before and after shots of the authors’ past projects. These makeover images show how a drab but serviceable landscape can be beautifully and logically improved to reflect the owners and add zest and value to their homes.

About the Author

Brian Kay is a registered landscape architect. His experience includes golf course construction and architecture and residential landscape architecture, and he has worked as a landscape architect, land planner and consultant before joining his father at George Kay and Associates. Brian received a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Mississippi State University.

George Kay is an award-winning landscape designer who now, with his son, Brian, runs George Kay and Associates, a landscape design and construction firm with two offices and a nursery. He is author of Landscape Plans, a guidebook to residential landscaping. He is co-author, with Kaneji Domoto, of Bonsai and the Japanese Garden. The American Association of Nurserymen has recognized his work—including the Union Oil Facility in Chicago and the Lions International Headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois—with awards of merit. He received his degree in landscape and nursery management from Michigan State University.

Jennifer Derryberry Mann is a freelance writer and editor based in Minneapolis. She has edited magazines for the floriculture and agriculture industries, and she helps horticulture businesses develop content for their web sites and marketing materials. She received a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Kansas and certification in interactive media and online communications from the University of Chicago’s Graham School of General Studies.
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