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Professional Planting Design: An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Creating Mixed Bed Plantings 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0471761397
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"The great mysteries of successful planting design are unraveled by landscape architect Scott Scarfone in Professional Planting Design. Scarfone sets out the guidelines to allow anyone from an avid amateur gardener to a professional landscape designer or architect to create a living work of art with plants." (The American Gardner, May/June 2008)

"Using mainly black and white drawings and photographs to illustrate principles, he prods the reader to think first of architectural concepts, forms and textures before considering color compositions. High marks go to the author for his presentation on the application of theory." (Chicago Botanic Garden Current Books and Book Reviews Web page; summer 2007)

"It is a ‘go-to’ reference for a variety of design topics from useful definitions of design fundamentals to more complex considerations of massing plants, structuring space, and deconstructing design compositions to understand how they function." (Landscape Architecture: The Magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects, February 2008, Vol. 98, No. 2)

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"This is a great reference book for planting design, which is an arena where so many of us are hugely challenged. Information in it is well written, engaging, useful, accessible, and original."
—Holly H. Shimizu, Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden

"A unique blend of classic planting-design principles and ecological plant-selection criteria."
—Scot Medbury, President, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

"After reading the book, you will be able to experiment with nature and use its myriad of facets to make your own original statement. You will be ready to take risks and design exciting and original gardens."
—From the Foreword by James A. van Sweden, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates

"Professional Planting Design is analytical and inspiring, tackling the subject matter in a unique fashion by examining aspects through the eyes of a designer."
—From the Foreword by Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter

A comprehensive guide to the "high art" of designing mixed bed plantings

When done successfully, mixed beds represent the pinnacle of planting design—a living work of art in which small trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, bulbs, tropicals, and groundcovers combine to create a true feeling of place. Professional Planting Design: An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Creating Mixed Bed Plantings initiates you into the principles of planting design and helps you develop the ability to think about the planting design process, so that you can develop your own effective compositions that sustain multi-seasonal interest.

Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, Professional Planting Design covers the basics as well as the advanced concepts of planting design including: selecting plant characteristics, types of mixed bed plantings, structuring and composing mixed beds, creating mixed palettes for seasonal variation, designing in elevation and plan view, and choosing plants. You'll find coverage of design, landscape architecture, and horticulture interwoven throughout the guide, along with detailed steps for developing mixed bed planting compositions at a variety of scales for projects on both residential and commercial sites.

Clear and concise yet thorough, this book will supplement your talent with the knowledge you need to create harmonious mixed plantings in the landscape that will provide continual interest throughout the seasons.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons; 1 edition (March 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471761397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471761396
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Louise Schiller on May 8, 2008
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In this singular book, anyone interested in teaching planting design will find a comprehensive guide. My students are required to buy this book and use it throughout their class in Advanced Planting Design. Its full of challenging exercises and analytical guidelines. Thank you Scott Scarfone for producing this clear, comprehensive text.
Louise Schiller, ASLA
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The worst kindle edition of a book I have had, pictures rendered in black and white if at all. All of the colour plates in the standard edition are not included in the kindle edition.
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Great explanation of plant massing. I find myself procrastinating reading this book because of the bleed through from the reverse side.
I bought a brand new softcover.
Difficult to read because of the pages are too thin and the reverse side bleeds through. I find it more difficult to interpret the quality of the line drawings with bleed through shadows from drawing or text from the reverse side. The experience of reading is marked by lack of enjoyment with this impediment.

I find no way to contact either Wiley or Amazon with this feedback more directly and privately.
Even giving it stars is misleading. Do I rate the book as 5 star for content or 1 star for poor quality?
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I am very disappointed that the majority of photos are black & white (the few that are in color are not of good quality - have a yellowish hue). However, the text is one of the most comprehensive of the planting design books that I've seen (I have not seen Chen's yet). I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I will be returning this.
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