Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers

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Designing a garden is a complex task. Where do you start? What kind of skills do you need? What are the logical steps in creating a design? How do you communicate your ideas to a client, and how do you accommodate a client?s requests while maintaining the integrity of the project? The answers to these questions, and many more, can all be found in Understanding Garden Design.

Most books on garden design focus on only one or a few aspects of garden design?choosing plants or ...

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Overview


Designing a garden is a complex task. Where do you start? What kind of skills do you need? What are the logical steps in creating a design? How do you communicate your ideas to a client, and how do you accommodate a client’s requests while maintaining the integrity of the project? The answers to these questions, and many more, can all be found in Understanding Garden Design.

Most books on garden design focus on only one or a few aspects of garden design—choosing plants or creating a hardscape, for example. This comprehensive, accessible book lays out the entire process from start to finish in clear, precise language that avoids the pitfalls of “designspeak.” In fact, garden owners and clients of garden designers who want to understand more about the designer’s craft will be able to profit from the book’s lessons.

Among the many topics covered are how to document a site, how to determine what a client needs and wants from the garden, how to take architectural features into consideration, how to think about circulation and lay out paths, how to use basic design principles, how to work with plants, and how to create a final design. Practical aspects are clearly laid out, including working with contractors and staying on top of the various phases of construction.

This thorough handbook is profusely illustrated with helpful photographs and diagrams. A particularly interesting tool is the hypothetical garden plan that appears in each chapter to show how to apply the topics at hand.

A practical, logical approach to the planning, design, and installation of a garden, this volume will be an invaluable resource for students, landscape professionals, and garden designers.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

"An excellent guide for beginning home garden designers as well as students in the field."

Booklist

"An excellent guide for beginning home garden designers as well as students in the field."

Garden Design Online

"Thorough and thoroughly accessible."
Book News

"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?."

SciTech Book News

“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."

From the Publisher

“Details the process of garden design…and basic design principles.”

Library Journal
From planning and creation to implementation, landscape design is a complicated process. With novice gardeners and aspiring designers in mind, garden designer Nagel offers an overview of the whole enterprise, explaining why design is important, factors to consider, and how to get started. Accessing the site, gathering desired components, incorporating basic design principles, and implementing a design are detailed with photos, diagrams, and construction schedules. The construction phase is also considered in a chapter that discusses how to find and select a contractor, how to bid on a project, and the importance of maintaining good communication with the contractor. Final specifics, such as irrigation and garden lighting, are also covered. After the garden is completed, the author offers advice on showing a garden. VERDICT Although not as detailed and technical as Rosemary Alexander's The Essential Garden Design Workbook, this is an excellent guide for beginning home garden designers as well as students in the field.—Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929430
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/18/2010
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 1,314,730
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Vanessa Gardner Nagel designs gardens in the Pacific Northwest and writes and speaks nationwide about garden design. She worked as a commercial interior designer for 25 years with architectural firms in the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon, before taking postgraduate coursework in landscape design. She started her own design firm in 2002. She is the author of Understanding Garden Design and currently serves on the national board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

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