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The Essential Garden Design Workbook

Handbook / Manual

By: Rosemary Alexander

304 pages, 290 color photos, 400 line drawings

Timber Press

Paperback | Jul 2009 | Edition: 2 | #179265 | ISBN-13: 9780881929751
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The Essential Garden Design Workbook guides the reader through every stage of planning a garden - how to survey a site, how to choose landscaping materials, and how to develop planting schemes. This fully revised and updated second edition features new U.S. case studies and new photographs. Valuable tips on green gardening are new to this edition, and include how to harvest rainwater, how to design a green roof, tips on sustainable planting, and a guide to composting.

Tailor-made for hands-on gardeners, the workbook approach is accessible, practical, and can be used to create a garden from scratch and to redesign an existing garden. Gardeners will find easy ways to measure large spaces, estimate the height of a tree, and find the right proportions for a deck. They'll also find tips on space, light, and color. It includes hundreds of easy-to-follow line drawings and diagrams.

&i;"Highly recommended as a detailed instructional for learning to blend individually creative instincts with practical necessities to create truly memorable gardens."&o;
- James A. Cox, Bookwatch, March 2005

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Rosemary Alexander, one of the pioneering figures in the world of garden design, has devoted a lifetime to her profession, running an established garden design business as well as the English Gardening School, where she directs the Garden-Design Diploma Course and takes a keen interest in the progress of the school's Distance Learning students. She takes pride in her students - five of them were awarded medals at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2002 - and credits her many years of teaching and her personal experiences in creating gardens as her inspiration for writing. Rosemary has worked on gardens throughout the world, and was tenant of the National Trust property, Stoneacre, in Kent, where she created a romantic Old World garden. According to Rosemary, "As more people realize that working with nature to create a garden can be a therapeutic antidote to our stressful lives, garden design will become even more popular ... " Rosemary's passion for plants and gardening began in her early twenties when she created her first garden in Scotland. It was at this time that she trained as a landscape designer. Rosemary enjoys having friends at her home where they can experience her well-tended gardens, her home cooking, and take long walks. She also loves discussing plants with anyone, traveling, and reading a good book.

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