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“[In] their fascinating book… the Ogdens explore how a garden can engage the senses, and seduce and enchant one with a sense of arrival and discovery. Through it all, they aim to help gardeners create gardens that play to their plant’s strengths.”
“An excellent book to add to your library…great advice for gardeners of all levels.”
“Plant-Driven Design champions the “plant-it-instead-of-pave-it” point of view better than any book to date.”
"A treasure trove of photographs and ideas for ecological and glorious home landscaping."
"What the opinionated authors think doesn’t work is described as fully as what they like, and they don’t pull punches. … [T]he strong point of view makes the book a better read than most of its coffee-table-worthy brethren."
I found the Ogdens' book to be highly polemic and not, generally, very useful.
I hope what all gardeners will take home from reading this book is to follow their own design instincts and build the garden of their dreams.
Readers will not want to sit and read this all at one time - it's a book to return to again and again.
I am definitely a 'magpie' when it comes to obtaining plants. I often buy just one of something that catches my eye. I bring it home, and then wonder where I can squeeze it in. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kathleen
To my eye, Lauren Springer is a complete genius at creating naturalistic gardens and the pictures of her garden are awe-inspiring . Read morePublished 6 months ago by Catherine McBrien
Excellent rationale for the author's design theory. Great ideas and pictures.! I highly recommend this book as the concepts can be adapted to any part of the country.Published 7 months ago by Sandra Parker
Plant-Driven Design encourages using plants appropriate for a particular location. True sustainability in our gardens comes from using plant material which is indigenous and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lucky Lady
This is a lovely coffee-table book about garden design with extensive pictures of gardens and inspiring environments from around the world. Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by Robert Moncrief
I read the Kindle sample chapter, and was really looking forward to reading the full book with pictures on my iPad. Read morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Nen
Love the ideas and readability, however, the authors give examples from only three environments, none of which is my deep southern climate! Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by T. J. Trentadue
"Plant=Driven Design" is a very hard book to like. I found the Ogdens' book to be highly polemic and not, generally, very useful. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Vincent Vizachero
In landscape design, there seems to be a constant gentle friction between gardeners who see a landscape as a setting for plants to shine, and people who come from a more... Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Gen of North Coast Gardening