The Art of Outdoor Living: Gardens for Entertaining Family and Friends
by Scott Shrader ; photography by Lisa Romerein
Foreword by Jean-Louis Deniot
Angeles-based landscape designer Shrader and photographer Romerein present the
greatest advantage of Southern California living—the luxury of enjoying the
outdoors. And luxury is the right word for Shrader’s garden designs. Before
delving into 13 gardens, the designer briefly states his principles of design,
based on sustainability, lifestyle, and terrain. The garden section begins with
Shrader’s own West Hollywood home he dubs his “Laboratory,” and progresses
through fecund lushness, regardless of the gardens’ formality or ease. A
beautiful touch in the layout is starting each project with a full-page detail
of a particular plant species, opposite the opening text, which acts as a
visual palate cleanser. The garden party lifestyle and the naturalness of the
landscapes show how Shrader seamlessly integrates people, plants, and place.
International Publications, 2019, 240 pages, hardcover, $50.