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Gardens are for Living
Photo by Dana Gallagher

Want a way to enjoy the great outdoors without ever leaving your couch? 

Flip through landscape designer Judy Kameon?s new coffee-table book, Gardens Are For Living, and we promise you?ll find a renewed zeal for the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

Kameon is the painter-turned-planter behind Elysian Landscapes, the Los Angeles firm that brought lush plantings to the Parker Palm Springs and replaces thirsty Beverly Hills lawns with drought-resistant foliage.

The book is both inspiration and owner's manual. But even if you don?t have the inclination to actually don a cute sun hat and wield a trowel, you'll get lost in 224 pages of drool-inducing photos featuring beautiful hillsides dotted with grasses, succulents and flowers. If you do harbor thoughts of greener pastures, Kameon includes the full Latin name for plants so you can recreate the designs yourself.

We?re basking in the book's quirky ideas: Why not install a claw-foot tub under a tree for bathing with biodegradable soap? Let?s rewire vintage lights to hang from trees. Plant honeysuckle at the front door for a fragrant welcome home!

So if you need us, we'll be hosting plein-air-painting get-togethers and mussel-grilling fests. Thanks, Judy.

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