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Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers Hardcover – August 18, 2010
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"An excellent guide for beginning home garden designers as well as students in the field."
"A wonderful handbook for anyone to own. Nagel's photographs and drawings clearly illustrate all the major design concepts she discusses in the text. If you're a designer, the book will remind you about the many details you might overlook. If you're a homeowner, it'll help you understand why you need a designer -- and how to work with one. What more could anyone ask?."
“For aspiring designers, Nagel, a commercial interior designer who became a landscape designer, details the process of garden design. Using photos and diagrams, she explains aspects like documenting the site, lighting, working with contractors, components of a garden, irrigation, finishes and furnishings, plants, and basic design principles."
“Details the process of garden design…and basic design principles.”
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In this publication, the reader will learn that design principles reflect the need to engage the brain in a pleasurable sensory experience that allows one to perceive a garden as beautiful and fulfilling. Furthermore, when a landscape layout meets people's physical and psychological needs, it helps them to function better. Sometimes it encourages an interaction with nature.
According to the author, the intelligent use of space is another benefit of proper garden design. Regardless of its size, a garden may serve very special purposes for a home owner and unless such needs are satisfied, the garden cannot be deemed to be a success. To achieve that level of satisfaction, Ms. Nagel suggests that advance planning is required before the first line of the garden can be drawn. Listed in that preparation are considerations for a play area for children, pets, outdoor work, the drying of laundry, storage, growing food, traffic patterns, entertainment, and a place to be alone.
Dealing with the topic of beauty in the garden, the author introduces the reader to basic design principles and suggests that, when they are incorporated into the planning, they are responsible for creating an aesthetically pleasing landscape.Read more ›
And so begins one of the most useful books I've yet found for the novice, or even advanced, Landscape Lighting Designer. The author, Vanessa Gardner Nagel, has drawn on her focused study and practice of Interior Design, a later deep exploration of Landscape Design, and a particularly illuminating "light bulb" moment to guide her writing. Mrs. Nagel "saw the light" when she realized that all the books on landscape design begin with a discussion of the Principles Of Design without addressing the much deeper question, "Why Design?"
In my Amazon review of Jan Moyer's 2nd edition of the Landscape Lighting Book I noted, "Once you understand the theory behind the short cuts and rules-of-thumb that other How-To books offer, you are free to create your own. With the freedom you gain when you understand and can apply those fundamental principals and concepts to your landscape lighting, you become like the cook who ignores the printed recipe and creates a masterpiece of culinary art."
I believe UNDERSTANDING GARDEN DESIGN offers a second route into our exploration of landscape lighting design; a deeper understanding of the processes and goals of our fellow professional colleagues who visualize and create the spaces we light. In authoring a book that focused on "Understanding" the why behind landscape design, Nagel has opened a window into the processes of our closest allies in our professional endeavors.Read more ›
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A book I have been needing. Thank you. It had been recommended by some fellow members of Dave's Garden.Published 6 months ago by Evelyn V Bishop
I'm not really sure what audience this is written for. I was looking for more than a basic, beginner level description of how to apply design principle to the landscape. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Scott H Jarr
I am not a landscape designer, I am a very methodical panning oriented person who is interested in redesigning the yard. This book is fabulous and exactly what I needed. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by C. Most