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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423620720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423620723
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one is born knowing how to garden; we experiment with ways to design outdoor places to meet our changing needs. Landscape patterns, the physical elements, and arrangements of outdoor space designed to accommodate activities are preferences slowly acquired over time.

The patterns and activities of our home environments shape us as much as we shape them. Your home landscape is an evolution of personal experiences from every stage of life: child, adult or elder. As you accumulate a personal language of landscape preferences, these skills enhance the quality of your life.

Lifelong landscape designs create environments that connect with nature, encompass a home, and promote healthy living by providing mobility, social interaction, and places to sustain the body and soul. Learn easy steps to design your own lifelong landscape through more than 200 landscape patterns and activities that illustrate components of healthy living. Enhance the quality of your life at any stage with practical advice from this inspirational landscape architect with more than thirty years experience.

principal in the Atlanta-based firm of Dargan Landscape Architects, a business she shares with her husband, landscape architect Hugh Graham Dargan.

The Dargans’ gardens have appeared in hundreds of style magazines and in more than forty books. Their gardens also appear regularly on television, such as Ground Breakers on HGTV. Numerous awards include those from The Garden Club of America and American Society of Landscape Architects.

Mary Palmer’s best-selling design book, Timeless Landscape Design: The Four-Part Master Plan, is considered to be essential for any homeowner or landscape designer.

She lives with her husband at Highcote, at High Hampton in Cashiers, North Carolina. Dargan Landscape Architects is located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Beth in Iowa on February 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out of my local library after requesting my library purchase it, believing that it would prove a useful book for aging gardeners in my Midwestern area. However, I was somewhat disappointed with this book after reading it through.

The first chapter is about sustainable design, filled with exhortations to "live lightly upon the land" and such, with some obvious tenets: Leave nature alone, conserve water, use pervious paving, etc. The rest of the book then shows ginormous mansions and get-away cabins with professionally designed and maintained landscapes, weed-free swathes of closely clipped lawns and large swimming pools -- hardly small-footprinted abodes, one would think. I have absolutely no issue with people spending their money to live the way they wish, and I understand that landscape designers depend upon the income from wealthy clients, but it just seems somewhat hypocritical to be urging us to live lightly (or rather, to make a few minor adjustments that make us feel good about "saving the Earth," regardless of their actual effectiveness) in such a book. Also, those pavers interspersed with grass leading up to the front door might work OK in Georgia, but they sure look like a nightmare to shovel here in the snowy Midwest.

The book is filled with beautiful photos of well-designed landscapes and a few gardens in the US and England, although there were also some fairly ridiculous shots of people doing Yoga (yes, we get it: space to move around is desirable in a landscape).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paula on December 21, 2012
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Another wonderful volume by one of the south's pre-eminent landscape architects. Like Mrs. Dargan's first book this one also showcases a number of her projects many of whom have or will surely be featured in leading national home/garden publications. Not only are principles of design thoroughly discussed, the photography gives the reader an intimate glimpse of sublime private gardens that otherwise would remain mostly hidden from public view. For that reason alone the book is a great purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flyswatter on November 4, 2013
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So excited to read more of Ms. Palmer Dargan's ideas and philosophy. I now have so many ideas for my own garden!
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