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The Book of Garden Design Hardcover – October, 1991

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A new book by British landscape designer Brookes ( The Indoor Garden ) is always welcome, and this one is no exception. Based on his firsthand experience and on his teaching, the volume moves logically--and leisurely--from a brief history of gardens and a detailed lesson on design principles to site assessment and the varieties of landscape possibilities (country, desert, modern, classical) and plant combinations. For almost every toothsome full-color photo, an accompanying schematic gives readers exact information on plantings and placement. Particularly appealing are Brookes's personal nomenclature for horticultural ingredients: herbaceous perennials he calls "pretties"; his garden's focal points are "specials"; structural plants are "skeletons." Also interesting is the chapter on styling--each type of style is treated, helpfully, to a still life by way of illustration. Well worth noting is another fact: The Book of Garden Design was written with American readers in mind. It includes some American landscapes and recommended hardiness zones for plants. Garden Book Club alternate; author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Brookes has based this book on years of teaching at his School of Landscape Design in England. Knowledgeable in both residential garden design and plant care, he has created a very useful outline of design concepts for the homeowner and serious gardener, with many useful diagrams and color illustrations. Brookes covers various styles (e.g., Oriental, cottage), how to measure and draw plans, structural materials (fences, walks, fountains), plant materials, and special situations. Although occasionally slanted toward British style (topiary, statuary, collectors' plants), this definitely fills a niche and will really help those needing a serious outline to take them through a yard redesign.
- Laura Lipton, Miller Horticulture Lib., Seattle
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc; First Edition edition (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0025166956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025166950
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great photos, serious design concepts explained. Highly recommended!
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I just hauled this book off the shelf for my fourth round of garden design since buying it over twenty years ago. I came here wanting to tell anyone who might be considering buying John Brookes' Book of Garden Design that it is one of the best purchases I have ever made. This book is a step by step guide to designing your own garden; not just the considerations of hardscape and utility but in how to think about presentation, space and the structure of plants.

Although Brookes uses exquisite photos of plants that grow in the UK to illustrate design technique, his use of plants for their unique shapes and structures is easily applied to any climate.
(okay, fine; perhaps not what's left of the tundra)

If you are here, thinking about it- just get the book.
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This is an awesome book. Every person who wants to design landscape should read it.
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By LJ on January 11, 2016
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Interesting book. Great Seller !!!
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