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Planting: The Planting Design Book for the Twenty-First Century Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Conran (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915297
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 3.8 x 35.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The ultimate guide to designing and planning a planting scheme for your garden. A true 21st Century classic that reflects the unique talents and experience of these two authors. The companion book to Outdoors, which has sold over 12,000 copies to date. The Times recently named Diarmuid Gavin as the 'man responsible for bringing garden design into the 21st Century.' Includes more than 400 photographs.

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Diarmuid Gavin has spent his colourful 20-year career successfully challenging the traditional conventions of garden design and gardening. His innovative designs, for which he draws inspiration from diverse sources such as Star Trek, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, invariably provoke passionate debate and have won him several medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. As well as co-presenting popular television shows such as Home Front in the Garden and Gardens Through Time, Diarmuid has contributed to The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and The Irish Times and written many books on garden design including Outer Spaces and Design Your Garden. He lectures regularly on garden design and the development of the modern garden and runs his own garden design and build business based in Dublin and London with clients both in the UK and abroad.Terence Conran is widely recognised as one of the world's great designers and restaurateurs. In 1964 he founded the chain of Habitat stores in a bid to bring good, affordable modern design to the general public. Among his many business interests Terence also established Conran & Partners, an architecture and design practice renowned for its diverse and intelligent modern design solutions. Terence discovered a passion for gardening as a child during the war. Since then he has designed medal-winning gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which explored his passion for stylish al fresco dining, and has written several gardening books including The Essential Garden Book on which he was co-author with designer Dan Pearson. Terence has been closely involved with the creation of his own gardens in England and France and admits to being his happiest when the vegetable garden at his home in Berkshire comes to life again in the spring.

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By Eamonn Doyle on 22 April 2015
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Excellent book on planting and a great companion for Diarmuid's other book "Outdoors".
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Bunker on 7 Jun. 2010
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An excellant book as we would expect. Well written and great pictures. Very informative, highly recommended.
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The title misrepresents the contents 25 Aug. 2010
By Lynnsey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is a disappointment - the contents do not deliver on the title. "Planting: The Planting Design Book for the 21st Century"; from this I expected a book about planting design (what else?), and also that as a specialist title the content would be somewhat less basic than your typical garden book. Unfortunately this is really a general purpose garden design book. It includes some design-related content but also covers all kinds of topics only peripherally related to planting design. The information is also pretty basic. I already have enough general purpose books and didn't need to spend a considerable amount on another.

Unfortunately, I now also wonder whether the authors are re-purposing the same content in order to sell more books, becuse this content is pretty generic.

Hard landscaping, tree-houses, soil types, tools & equipment, propagation, pruning and the like - this is not planting design. I'm quite sure that someone looking for a planting design book already knows that "you can buy a soil test kit from most garden centres", that plants draw nutrients from the soil, that mulching is a good idea. Another pearl of wisdom: lawn equipment is only needed if you have, um, lawn.

Some other minor gripes - references to content that I couldn't find (i.e. for information on this topic go to page X, but no such info appears on that page). The index was not as comprehensive as it should have been. The "conversation" between the two authors I also found a bit pointless, and I have seen this comment in reviews about their other books.

All that said, there are some lovely photos of gorgeous gardens, and some nice ideas such as creating a willow tunnel in a children's garden.

If you're looking for a general purpose book, this one is good, but not the best, and certainly not at the price. Conran's "Essential Garden Book" is a better buy, but shop around. For a planting design book, try something else. I haven't found it yet.
Elegant, beautiful, and deceptively simple. 15 Aug. 2013
By David Akiyama - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Those familiar with planting design, know quality has a tendency to evoke simplicity; however, this is not an introductory text, this is not a step by step, how-to lesson, or something for the DIY crowd. This book does assume some familiarity with the authors' previous works, and this is frequently demonstrated within these pages. Purpose, Structure, Color, Season, Styles, and Conditions are titles of specific chapters, and they strive to examine what constitutes successful planting design. There are also Case Studies which further examine these matters; these Studies include detailed plans, and more thorough examination. In total, these topics do more to explain the "why" part of planting design, not the "how to," so those looking for quick, easy, straight-forward lessons will be disappointed or frustrated.

The authors are masters of their crafts, and this book is an invaluable insight as to both why that is, and what constitutes excellence in planting design. In short, there is a theory, a methodology behind planting design, and it takes more than an eye for aesthetics to successfully execute. Honestly, this book is probably better suited for the professional set - Landscape Architects - than it is for the casual gardener or would-be DIY savant.

The photography is excellent and well-suited for the large format of this book. It is also absolutely necessary to convey the totality of what is being explained in the text. Remember those chapters; Purpose, Structure, Color, and Condition, as well as texture, scale, and context. This is more than just a pretty picture book, but getting the most out of this book takes more than an average understanding of planting design. And this is certainly not a typical gardening book.

Finally, the Practical Chapter at the end, is likely not meant as entry-level substance. It is too brief to be something other than a review of the basics; the fundamentals one should have command of, prior to mastering the lessons within this text.
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