Garden Design: Inspiration and Ideas

Garden Design: Inspiration and Ideas

by Andrew Mikolajski


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Andrew Mikolajski’s Garden Design offers a complete breakdown of the process involved in creating a garden, from making an initial assessment of the site’s possibilities to applying design principles and choosing plants and landscaping materials. It is aimed at amateurs who have no previous knowledge of garden-making, but will also be of value to professionals entering the trade. Most books on garden design are either very technical or are predominantly picture books. This manual is different. A lively and provocative read, it is full of handy hints and tips for creating the perfect outdoor environment. Readers are encouraged to explore and question established ideas about good garden design, and will be sure to grow in confidence as they learn how to make informed decisions about every aspect of the garden design process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780709091950
Publisher: Hale, Robert Limited
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Andrew Mikolajski worked as a music critic, but developed an interest in gardening and has worked on several RHS reference projects that brought him into contact with expert gardeners and nurserymen. He is the author of The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Apples and Pruning Plant by Plant. He has taught the RHS certificate and garden design at Warwickshire College, as well as leading day courses on aspects of design, garden history, and practical gardening at Lamport Hall, Farncombe Estate, and the English Gardening School at Chelsea Physic Garden.

Table of Contents

1 A Brief History of Garden Design 7

2 Assessing the Site 19

3 Balance, Unity and Proportion 39

4 Choosing Plants for the Garden (I) 61

3 Choosing Plants for the Garden (II) 79

6 Lawns… And Other Green Surfaces 95

7 Water (And Rock Gardens) 107

8 Walls, Fences and Hedges 125

9 Hard Landscaping 144

10 Simple Draughting 155

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