This is a thoroughly revised and beautifully illustrated edition of the book that first made garden design accessible to everyone. In "Room Outside" John Brookes invented the highly practical concept of the garden, however large or small, as a usable extension of the home. That was nearly forty years ago and, while the range of products and materials has increased dramatically, the role the garden can play has not changed at all. Indeed, as a retreat from the hectic world of work and as an overflow to family life, our outdoor space has become incredibly important and "Room Outside" is even more relevant to 21st century living.
"Full of imaginative & workable ideas for practical garden planning" - The Times "A milestone in garden design" - Country Life
John Brookes MBE has influenced contemporary garden design worldwide more than anybody in his field. He has designed over a thousand gardens in Europe, Australia, Asia and North and South America, one of the best known being the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He has been Chairman of the Society of Garden Designers as well as running his own school of garden design at his celebrated home in Sussex, where he practises what he teaches and uses the paved terrace outside his kitchen year round. At Denmans he also pioneered natural gardening with trees, shrubs, perennials and self-sown annuals in gravel to achieve a relaxed but very carefully planned effect that requires little maintenance. He is an inspiring teacher and lecturer and the author of a host of best-selling books, including The Small Garden and John Brookes Garden Design.