Skip to main content
Cover for A Pattern Garden

A Pattern Garden

The Essential Elements of Garden Making

Valerie Easton


List Price: 34.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


A Pattern Garden gives us the tools for creating our own highly satisfying garden spaces. Easton identifies 14 garden patterns that she sees as fundamental to successful design and that will turn any landscape into a memorable and rewarding retreat. This book will help you identify what pleases you, and why, and provide inspiration and direction in the planting and layout of your own garden. Discussions of essential patterns, such as the creation of paths or the incorporation of water into the garden, are complemented by concrete advice about plant selection.

Praise For A Pattern Garden: The Essential Elements of Garden Making

“Ms. Easton has an accessible, down-to-earth style in the book. . . . one is led to believe that even the most rank beginner should just do it: go ahead and decide where the path should go, imagine where it will lead, and what might lie, like a surprise, or a sanctuary, at the end.” —The New York Times

“A Pattern Garden reveals the hidden relationships between scale and structure that define truly great gardens...Easton will open your eyes to a new way of seeing the design opportunities inherent in any garden site.”  —Scot Medbury, CEO of  Brooklyn Botanic Garden

“A  horticultural Rosetta Stone—a guide for both timid and more confident homeowners to map their outdoor life and create their dream space.” —Thomas Hobbs, author of The Jewel Box Garden

“The dry days of June are good for redesigning the garden. For great ideas on the subject, pick up A Pattern Garden.” —Sunset

Timber Press, 9780881927801, 216pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2007

About the Author

Valerie Easton is a weekly garden columnist for Pacific Northwest Magazine of The Seattle Times. Her own low-maintenance garden, the muse for this book, has been published in The New York Times, This Old House, and Horticulture. She has contributed articles on gardens, homes, and the people who make them to a variety of magazines, including Metropolitan Home, Fine Gardening, and Gardens Illustrated. Valerie trained as a Master Gardener and was for eighteen years the horticultural librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle. She gardens, teaches yoga, and blogs ( in the village of Langley, on Whidbey Island, Washington. Her previous book is A Pattern Garden (