This information-rich book goes beyond the usual turf of ubiquitous green-home guides by detailing low-maintenance landscape designs to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Ideal for people who are seriously committed to lowering their home's carbon footprint, the book is part science textbook and part how-to guide, with illustrations diagramming wind patterns and shade angles. Later chapters focus on strategies for reducing energy and water use during lawn care (hint: rethink the definition of "lawn").—The Sierra Club
Her book, Energy-Wise Landscape Design, provides a fresh approach for your home and garden
Reed's book presents hundreds of practical ways everyone can save money, time and effort while making their landscapes more environmentally healthy. The Calgary Herald
Filled with practical, specific design advice that will inspire you to get up and get working to make a better home landscape for yourself and the planet. - Paul Cawood Hellmund, President/Director, Conway School of Landscape Design
This comprehensive book will be of tremendous value to everyone from individual homeowners to students of environmental design. - Darrell Morrison, Dean Emeritus, School of Environmental Design, University of Georgia
Sue Reed's step-by-step suggestions make change towards sustainable landscaping doable, instead of difficult and unfamiliar.- Leslie Jones Sauer, author of The Once and Future Forest
This isn’t your average garden book. With info on how your yard can cool your house, protect you from wind, and divert moisture away from your foundation. Energy-Wise is a deeply comprehensive guide. Helpful photos and diagrams accompany every topic, from how to design parking spaces to where to build your house on the property. - Finding Solutions , The David Suzuki Foundation newsletter
After reading Energy-Wise Landscape Design, I was taken to a whole new level and have a new appreciation for how important our landscape design can be. There is so much information packed into this book along with amazing photos and detailed drawings. Sue gives us an education in landscape design while opening our eyes to the possibilities of our individual landscapes. Her voice is full of common sense and charm. I highly recommend this book. - mygreenside.com
Sue Reed gives practical advice on lowering energy use through careful design of the landscape and placement of structures. This book is highly recommended for its sound environmental guidance.- Chicago Botanic Garden
I highly recommend reading Energy-Wise Landscape Design. It is chock full of easy steps you can take to reduce the amount of energy used in your landscape. Choose some easy steps that you can put in practical use right away, then work yourself through the many other ideas that Sue Reed presents. -Ecosystemgardening.com
As the cost of energy increases, we are all looking for ways to save. Energy-Wise Landscape Design by landscape architect Sue Reed is a great resource that describes the many ways home gardeners can reduce the energy needed to heat and cool their homes through the thoughtful choice and placement of landscape plants.
Filled with lots of specific, practical, how-to information, this book will help you shrink your energy footprint while designing a beautiful environmentally sound landscape. - National Gardening Association
About the Author
Susan Reed is president of Susan Reed, Landscape Architect; who has specialized in ecological design for over two decades. She is an instructor, who taught at The Conway School of Landscape Design for twelve years, and continues to lead design workshops across New England. She is a writer and author of Seeing the Forest, and lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.