Cultivating Garden Style

Some days I still can't believe that I wrote a book. A book! And it wasn't just a flimsy little garden book, it's a heavy duty resource sort of book that I hope will inspire gardeners for years. And I wrote it!

It is the summation of years of working as a garden designer and wishing something of the sort existed. I wanted something to help my clients open up their imaginations. I wanted something to help advance the style part of garden design. I wanted to share knowledge about a million little things in a way that made sense to anyone trying to put their own stamp on a piece of land. I want more people to fall in love with taking care of the land and nature and doing it in a way that expresses their own aesthetic and creative style.

So I give you Cultivating Garden Style (October 2014, Timber Press) - a guide to designing a garden or outdoor place that perfectly suits you and your unique style. It is twenty-three chapters, each discussing a unique modern garden style and how to recreate the look. There are in-depth discussions of a broad range of practical design considerations (from how to pick the right tree and how to stylishly combine plants and containers to creating optical illusions for problem solving to the basics of permaculture) and essential lessons in gardening and design for anyone who is interested in garden making.

I also killed myself over creating a bunch of step-by-step projects (a macramé plant hanger, interesting planters, outdoor light fixtures and other decorative outdoor details) - I am pretty sure I will never do this in a book again (so get it while you can). But I think some of the best bits are the pages about things like working with railroad ties, outdoor fabric, decking, masonry and more.

Somehow I managed to assemble more than 1,500 color photographs so there is no shortage of inspiration for everyone. I like to think I have at least one photo in there that will inspire anyone who picks it up - no matter what your style.

I really hope you find it as inspiring and useful as I do.


Cultivating Garden Style is currently available in English and Dutch.

Buy on Amazon /  Buy on IndieBound / Buy on Powells /  Buy on B&N

Cultivating garden style by rochelle greayer

“A systematic and thorough style guide–bordering on encyclopedic–for gardens. Greayer’s book offers tips for creating a garden that reflects your personal style, suggests sources for everything from plants to outdoor furniture, and has many step-by-step DIY projects.”


“The big book of inspired ideas from popular columnist and blogger Rochelle Greayer guides readers through the process of transforming outdoor spaces–vast or tiny–into practical yet gorgeous reflections of your own style.”


“It’s not often that you get the time to read a book cover-to-cover, much less find a book you want to read cover-to-cover, and even less, find a resourceful gardening and design book that you want to read cover-to-cover. But I did just that with Cultivating Garden Style.”


“We’re big believers in taking the energy and personality of interior design and applying them to the garden. Putting lamps next to your lantanas. Installing furniture under your fruit trees. For this reason we absolutely love the new book Cultivating Garden Style by Rochelle Greayer.”


“Loaded with buying guides, DIY ideas, and plant suggestions for creating designs that reflect your personality and taste”



“A real gem, full of inspiration and practical guidance on how to cultivate a garden that’s so divine, it will give you goosebumps.”



“Rochelle Greayer has demystified garden design. Her approach of creating a garden the same way I would decorate a room is exactly what I needed to start personalizing our outdoor space!”



Cultivating Garden Style releases your inner designer and helps you create a landscape that is yours and yours alone!”


“Design expert Rochelle Greayer suggests new takes on garden design in Cultivating Garden Style that put pizzazz into outdoor living.”



“This unique book aims to help gardeners bring their style from inside into any outside space. Laced with style guides and visual inspiration, Cultivating Garden Stylecovers 23 different styles, ranging from Retro Rockery, to Tropical Noir. A brilliant housewarming gift for friends who have just redesigned their new home, and want to leave their mark on the garden.”



“Offers needed guidance for designing outdoor space in a way that helps gardeners bring unique personality to their living, growing outdoor decor.”



“Through deft use of photographs, advice, tips, infographics and quotes from the gardeners themselves, Greayer presents what might have been a complicated and overbearing endeavor. I find myself returning to this book, each time seeing something new, something I missed, something I can use in my own garden.”



“Thorough, inspirational and a total win”



Other Book Projects

I’ve been involved as a contributor, editor, consultant, or co-author in a variety of other publishing projects, including a handful of wonderful books.  Each of these books would make an excellent addition to a garden enthusiasts library.

Luke Dixon Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities
The Essential Garden Design Workbook

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