The scope of their designs ranges from intimate courtyards that evoke European classics, to their interpretation of manicured lawns, stunning perennial borders and framed views. -- Mississippi Gardener, March 2007
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Timeless Landscape Design
The Four-Part Master Plan
Hugh Dargan, ASLA and Mary Palmer Dargan, ASLA
In Timeless Landscape Design: The Four-Part Master Plan, renowned landscape architects Hugh and Mary Palmer Dargan share the secret to creating an unforgettable landscape with the "Four-Part Master Plan"-a unique method they've perfected over the past two-and-a-half decades of creating award-winning gardens and landscapes for clients. The Dargans share a blend of specific design techniques and practical advice on how to achieve the sophisticated look of a professionally designed landscape on any size and type of property.
The four-part plan includes:
The approach and arrival sequence
Passages to destinations
Examples of specific design treatments are beautifully illustrated with scores of color photographs taken from their own archives, plus landscape plans from historic gardens around the world that have provided inspiration to the authors, and before and after examples of the authors' award-winning work.
Learn how to apply this unique master plan that gives homeowners a simple and systematic means of planning their gardens.
The most important ingredients of a powerful landscape are usually not plants, flowers, buildings, or trees. The key to success lies in the basic tools of visual art: the four art elements (line, color, form, and texture) and the broader principles of design such as proportion, scale, and focalization. All gardens that have stood the test of time convey the power these tools hold over the human imagination. Crafting a four-part master plan depends on their skillful application-a lifelong pursuit. The following is a small taste of what these tools are and how they work on the land.