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So You Want to Be a Garden Designer: How to Get Started, Grow, and Thrive in the Landscape Design Business Hardcover – March 25, 2010
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“Albrecht Howard offers a wealth of knowledge gained from real-world experience, along with the basic guidelines to help ensure the fledgling business does well financially.” —Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Newsletter
“The garden design profession appears to be expanding, as many self-taught gardeners are entering the field. . . . [Howard’s] personal story enlivens the writing and illuminates many subtle yet essential aspects of the profession. Readers who are considering taking the leap will appreciate Howard’s guidance and encouragement.” —Booklist
“With joblessness at an all time high, many passionate gardeners fantasize about designing gardens as a second career. Give your daydreamer this practical book.” —Boston Globe
“For anyone with dreams of making their living working with gardens, So You Want to Be a Garden Designer is the book for them.” —Bookwatch
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But almost as quickly as their tone turns dreamy, they snap back to reality. There are just too many buts. "But I have a well-paying job!" "I don't know enough about plants." Or most daunting of all, "I wouldn't even know where to start".
Love Albrecht Howard has crafted a thorough and detailed guide to getting past all those "buts" and getting into a career you'll love. She's got suggestions for how to start out slowly if you can't afford to leave your day job, how to build your knowledge and professionalism, and suggests ways of handling common situations as a designer.
Of course, along the way you'll learn the unvarnished truth about what it's like being a landscape designer. We all have horror stories of clients who think designing with plants is like designing with objects - that we should be able to specify no-maintenance plants that will do well without water, in poor soil, with deer and dark shade - yet flower all year long!
Albrecht Howard shares her professional tricks on designing for tough conditions, as well as for communicating the possibilities to clients. And she shares the pitfalls she's found as a designer and advises you on how to work professionally through the expected and not-so-expected adventures you'll have as a designer.
If you know what knowledge gaps you're missing, it's not too hard to figure out how to gain skill at specific aspects. But so much of the value in this book is in teaching fledgling designers what they don't yet know they need to learn.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing much about the science and art of cultivation. Author is not a gardener the author is just an author, writers write well they garden with out a dam clue.Published 17 months ago by NightOwl
I can't believe how much information and personal experience the author packed into one book! This book is a great resource for any aspiring garden or landscape designer.Published on June 12, 2013 by Kory Edwards
This is an awesome book. Great information and not sugar coated. A must read for people who are truly interested in becoming Landscape Designers.Published on November 20, 2011 by 1313