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Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit
     

Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit

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by Scott Ogden
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Dominique Browning
…[the Ogdens'] book sent me to my notepad to scribble lists of things I wanted to order for next spring, in combinations that were particularly appealing. The Ogdens' approach is to put plants first, and what a tonic it is to enter their garden gates. The pictures, taken mostly by Lauren Ogden, are both arresting and informative; my single quibble is with the captions, which could have been more precise about what was what. The writing is thoughtful and at times provocative, the subjects well chosen. This is the must-have (old school) garden book of the season.
—The New York Times
Denver Post
“. . . gives plants room to flourish. . . the new book is packed with [Lauren Springer Ogden’s] lush photographs. . . .”
— Susan Clotfelter
San Francisco Chronicle

“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.”
Hartford Courant

“[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.”

New York Times Book Review

"The must-have (old school) garden book of the season."
New York Times

“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.”
Gardens Illustrated

“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 considered—that of how plant and gardens fit into and complement their surrounding landscape, and celebrate regional distinctiveness.”
Albany Democrat-Herald

"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.”
Greenwich Time

“An excellent book to add to your library…great advice for gardeners of all levels.”

American Gardener

Plant-Driven Design champions the “plant-it-instead-of-pave-it” point of view better than any book to date.”

The English Garden

“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.”
Evansville Courier and Press

"A treasure trove of photographs and ideas for ecological and glorious home landscaping."

Landscape Architecture

"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."

Washington Gardener

"[The book] focuses on how to bridge the gap between designers who can’t garden and gardeners who can’t design."
Sierra Heritage Magazine

"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."
Deseret News

"This book places plants at the heart of the garden instead as afterthoughts of the design."
Journal Enquirer

"The Ogdens have produced a terrific book … one that is going to be a welcome addition to my library of well-used garden references."
Corvallis Gazette-Times

"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."
Pacific Horticulture

"Lauren's photography, alone, will inspire readers to a healthier and more stimulating approach to garden-making, where plants and nature take the lead."
Denver Post - Susan Clotfelter

“. . . gives plants room to flourish. . . the new book is packed with [Lauren Springer Ogden’s] lush photographs. . . .”
From the Publisher
“The must-have (old school) garden book of the season.” —The New York Times

“As veteran horticulturists and designers, the Ogdens make an argument that is compelling. . . . This book is full of inspiring pictures of garden plant communities: plants for containers, perennials that still look good after the flowers fade, the orchard floored with daffodils, herbaceous foundation plantings. The authors also offer sophisticated plant lists that will have even seasoned gardeners Googling away.” —The Washington Post

“What the opinionated authors think doesn’t work is described as fully as what they like, and they don’t pull punches. . . . The strong point of view makes the book a better read than most of its coffee-table-worthy brethren.” —Landscape Architecture

“Lauren’s photography, alone, will inspire readers to a healthier and more stimulating approach to garden-making, where plants and nature take the lead.” —Pacific Horticulture

“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 considered—that of how plants and gardens fit into and complement their surrounding landscape, and celebrate regional distinctiveness.” —Gardens Illustrated

“Champions the ‘plant-it-instead-of-pave-it’ point of view better than any book to date.” —American Gardener

“The Ogdens put plants first when designing gardens and have assembled a photo-rich book filled with plant ideas, where they’d best flourish and in what kind of gardens. Their holistic approach embraces people, places, and the natural world.” —Garden Design Online

“Focuses on how to bridge the gap between designers who can’t garden and gardeners who can’t design.” —Washington Gardener

“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.” —English Garden

“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 years. It’s heartening to see a great big glossy book championing our urges to get out and touch our plants.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Places plants at the heart of the garden instead as afterthoughts of the design.” —Deseret News

“Gives plants room to flourish. . . . Packed with [Lauren Springer Ogden’s] lush photographs.” —Denver Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604691597
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
284
File size:
31 MB
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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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Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!