Veranda The Art of Outdoor Living

Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living invites you on a private tour of magnificent estates nestled among lush gardens, elegant courtyards, stylish pools and awe inspiring landscapes that grace some of the world’s most beautiful homes. Some of these exceptional outdoor retreats capture “outdoor living” with gracious sitting areas and entertaining spaces or stone pathways and other architectural elements designed to encourage exploration and enjoyment. This gorgeous coffee table book showcases some of the most spectacular outdoor environments featured in Veranda magazine created by prominent landscape architects and garden designers worldwide.

The book presents a diverse range of garden styles and outdoor spaces. The book is divided into four distinct sections: Classic, Modern, Romantic and Exotic. Each section includes impressive homes on equally impressive grounds. Glossy pictures often give attention to the way the architecture on the property suites the planted space. This book offers striking examples of vivid use of colors, plant forms and garden sculpture.

An international garden tour, this lushly photographed book takes readers to Provence, Mexico, Belgium, the Caribbean, California, and other photogenic destinations for a look at grand, high-design gardens. On article of interest to art lover is the piece on Monet's garden at Giverny, which is shown in wonderful bloom and color. Examples show what can be done with different types of sites and in different climates.

For a garden enthusiast, Veranda The Art of Outdoor Living offers a wealth of inspiration for exceptional outdoor spaces but no information for homeowners who want to learn how to mimic the designer looks. The sumptuous photographs are far more inspiring that the sparse text which often talks more about the home owner that the specifics of the plantings and how they relate to their environment. This is a wonderful and colorful book to inspire dreams of strolling through beautiful gardens on a sunny day.