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.
Scott Ogden, along with his wife Lauren, has 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.
Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit 3.3 out of 5based on
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.
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8 months ago
This is one of my favorite garden books. It celebrates the Western garden that we see so little of in the garden magazines.She says let's return plants to the place of honor in our garden and drop out the emphasis on furniture and waterworks. Her compositions of shrubs, grasses and perennials are magical and natural. I only want to garden like this. I tore out a lot of my garden after I got this book! I would have less South African plants and more natives, but generally this is the feel of a garden that works in Colorado and the high plains.
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.
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!
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