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Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spiritby Scott Ogden
With passion and eloquence, Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden argue that only when plants are given the respect they deserve does a garden become emotionally resonant. Plant-Driven
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For too long, garden design has given pride of place to architecture, artifice, and arbitrary principles. The results? Soulless landscapes where plants play subordinate roles.
With passion and eloquence, Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden argue that only when plants are given the respect they deserve does a garden become emotionally resonant. Plant-Driven Design shows designers how to work more confidently with plants, and gives gardeners more confidence to design. The Ogdens boldly challenge design orthodoxy and current trends by examining how to marry plantsmanship and design without sacrificing one to the other.
Supported by extensive lists of plants adapted to specific purposes and sites, Plant-Driven Design explores how plants interact with place. In addition, the authors' experience gardening and designing in a wide variety of climates gives their perspective a unique depth. In ideas, scope, and detail, this book both embraces and transcends regionality. By reclaiming gardens as a home to plants, this groundbreaking work will restore life-affirming vitality to garden design and profoundly affect how we understand and experience gardens.
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“The book pushes toward the sensual and involved part of gardening, toward pleasure and intimacy. Gardens ought to be places of change: hourly, daily, seasonally and over the years. It’s heartening to see a great big glossy design book championing our urges to get out and touch our plants.”
“[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.”
"The must-have (old school) garden book of the season."
“A powerful argument for letting the plants lead the design.... Don’t try to digest this book all at once. It is meant to be dipped into, savored, consulted for advice and lived with, like an old friend.”
“This could be one of the best garden books of the first decade of the 21st century. Combining an ecological approach to plant selection with a strong sense of the aesthetic possibilities of plants, it adds an element that is all too rarely consideredthat of how plant and gardens fit into and complement their surrounding landscape, and celebrate regional distinctiveness.”
"No matter what part of the country you (or the gardener on your gift list) may call home, this book is sure to offer plenty of inspiration.”
“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.”
“The first chapter sets out to secure a thought process that puts plants first in any approach to design. It then flows effortlessly into a gallery of gardens and plant portraits interspersed with useful listings of plants for every situation…a great source of inspiration for anyone serious about designing a garden.”
"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."
"[The book] focuses on how to bridge the gap between designers who can’t garden and gardeners who can’t design."
"In ideas, scope and detail, Plant-Driven Design embraces and transcends regional differences. By reclaiming gardens as a home to plants, this groundbreaking work will restore vitality to garden design and profoundly affect how we experience gardens."
"This book places plants at the heart of the garden instead as afterthoughts of the design."
"The Ogdens have produced a terrific book … one that is going to be a welcome addition to my library of well-used garden references."
"Brimming with more than 300 of Lauren's lush photographs, the thought behind this book is that landscapes are emotionally successful only when plants are given the respect they deserve."
"Lauren's photography, alone, will inspire readers to a healthier and more stimulating approach to garden-making, where plants and nature take the lead."
“. . . gives plants room to flourish. . . the new book is packed with [Lauren Springer Ogden’s] lush photographs. . . .”
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Meet the Author
Scott and Lauren Ogden and their work have been featured on several television shows and in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Nature, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, and Horticulture. Awards include two American Horticultural Society book awards and a landscape design award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.Before making horticulture and garden design his life's work, Scott studied geology and paleontology at Yale.
Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden’s horticultural experience in the United States and Europe spans zones 4 through 10. They design public and private gardens, speak widely, and have written three books each, including their new award-winning joint book Plant-Driven Design. They seek plants and design inspiration in the wilds of the United States as well as Mexico, South Africa, and Argentina; several of their plant introductions are in the nursery trade. At home in the challenging climates of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Austin, Texas, they tend two intensive gardens together.
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I purchased this book for my birthday - to help build my understanding of the high desert gardening challenges and opportunities that are still new to me. The authors have brought together sophisticated results that emerge after several years of plant growth. This is my interest right now: How to look long term at a purchase rather than finding a 'neat plant' at the nursery and figuring out how to use it. This book is definitely a worthwhile investment that is helping me mature as a gardener.
I bought this e-book (quite expensive) and immediately reported the black and white picture issue to B&N. 2 weeks on they couldn't get color pictures resolved so I returned it. What good is a garden book without colored pictures? The previews showed color so something got lost in translation.
I have followed this author since she first received fame for her "HELL STRIPS." Those awful plots of land between the sidewalk and road. She and her husband are true "PLANT MANAGERS." Serious photography showing stages and seasons of landscape plantings. This book is not for the casual gardener. It is written like a college textbook. Information overload!