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Yard and Garden Makeovers
Your Guide to Creating a Beautiful Logical Landscape

Give Your House a Whole New Look with a Whole New Landscape!
Whether you’ve been in your home for 10 years or 10 days, you can make it uniquely yours with a custom landscape that is not only beautiful, but logical for your needs and outdoor activities!
Yard and Garden MakeoversIn Yard and Garden Makeovers: Your Guide to Creating a Beautiful, Logical Landscape, George and Brian Kay, two dedicated landscape designers and architects, look at multiple aspects of creating an individual landscape that not only reflects the interests of the inhabitants but also provides beauty. Through their years of experience, the Kays look at how a yard is used, what the homeowners enjoy, and the feel of the home and neighborhood to determine a landscape plan that combines form and function. Equally important is the use of natural elements as part of construction, enforcing the unique look of each landscape.
The Kays walk readers around the house, discussing what’s appropriate for a front yard garden, making livable areas in the backyard, and attractive and functional walkways and entrances to the home and garage. Key to the book are the 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 the property.
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.
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.
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.
Book Details:
Title: Yard and Garden Makeovers; Your Guide to Creating a Beautiful, Logical Landscape
Author: George Kay, Brian Kay and Jennifer Derryberry Mann
Publisher: Ball Publishing, Distributed by Independent Publishers Group
Publication: May 2008, $39.95 ($43.95 CAN), Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-883052645
Gardening, 174 pages, 8 x 10, color photographs
For more information contact: George and Brian Kay at or 630-232-6890

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