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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (15 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927405
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I spent the first few minutes with this book wondering how they ever determined which of these high-powered plantsmen would have his name first on the cover. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20050916 We are enthusiastic about the 'new approach' to ornamental landscaping presented by Oudolf and Kingsbury ... practical advice, beautiful photographs ... Bravo, bravo, bravo! HortIdeas 20051201 His writing is so honest and opinionated ... even when Oudolf is writing a straightforward directory of plants, his personality shows through. -- Amy Stewart North Coast Journal 20060209 Excellent as an advanced course in Oudolf's "New Wave" planting movement that advocates choosing plants that are in harmony with the surrounding landscape, are well adapted to the native soil and growng conditions, and that will develop beautifully over time. American Gardener 20060501 Planting Design stands apart from many other garden design books because the authors have wisely and graciously included extensive plant lists. The book is a feast for the eyes. -- Mary Ann Newcomer Idaho Botanical Garden 20060101 Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury have accomplished quite a feat with Planting Design - they have written a gardening book that tackles theoretical questions and the practicalities of gardening with equal aplomb. -- Erin Kappeler Horticulture 20060901 These two men bring their extensive knowledge of horticulture and sustainability to the realm of public design in an attempt to further the creation of contemporary landscapes that offer beauty and change instead of the often sterile public landscape. This is a thought-provoking book that will stimulate your mind and your imagination. -- Bobbie Schwartz Buckeye 20061101

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About Piet Oudolf Piet Oudolf is a native of Holland and originally studied to be an architect. Instead of designing buildings he became the founder of New Wave planting, a movement which takes inspiration from nature but employs artistic skill in creating planting schemes. As a plantsman, his aim is to emphasize the form, texture, and natural harmony of plants, and as a skilled plant breeder, he creates new varieties for these and other specific design purposes. His style is the result of the influence of various horticultural traditions such as the combination of Dutch formality and naturalistic planting styles. Oudolf has designed gardens in Holland and Germany, and a public park in Sweden. In the UK , he has created a much-publicized garden in Hampshire and is about to embark on a wildlife park in Norfolk. His own garden and nursery, opened with his wife in 1982 near Arnhem, Holland, has become world-famous. It has appeared in magazines such as Gardens Illustrated, House and Garden, The Independent, Perspectives, and Maire Claire Maison. Oudolf is also the subject of a chapter in Page Dickey's book, Breaking Ground, which profiles ten of the world's foremost contemporary garden designers. He collaborated with garden designer Arne Maynard to create the garden showpiece "Evolution", which was awarded the illustrious Best in Show and a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show 2000. Oudolf also partnered in 2000 with Kathryn Gustafson's design team from Seattle, WA to win the design competition for the monumental Millenium Garden, the new focal point for the heart of Chicago. About Noel Kingsbury Noël Kingsbury is a leading expert in contemporary naturalistic planting design. He contributes regularly to Hortus, Homes and Gardens, The English Garden, and the Royal Horticultural Society's magazine, The Garden. He occasionally writes pieces for other magazines and newspapers including Financial Times and Country Life. Noël lectures regularly in the United States at places such as the Seattle Flower Show, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Rochester Civic Garden Center. Noël is a well-known writer on plants and gardens. He has always been firmly in the vanguard of new developments, playing a major role in popularizing a more naturalistic and sustainable planting style. He wrote Designing with Plants with designer Piet Oudolf and is associated with the Landscape Department at the University of Sheffield as part of his active involvement in promoting quality planting in public spaces. A lover of wild spaces and wildflowers growing in their natural environment, Noël emphasizes growing gardens in a way that expresses this passion. He is especially fond of the way plants group naturally when left to their own devices. Noël loves discovering good examples of large-scale, natural-style gardens or plantings that clearly evoke nature. He is pleased to be part of the naturalistic planting movement and believes that "Gardening for myself and for a lot of people is an opportunity to be close to nature."

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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan 2006
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I would describe myself as a fan of Oudolf – by adopting and adapting some of his raison-être our own garden has changed beyond recognition, with masses of seasonal interest throughout the year. Kingsbury ghosted Oudolf’s original work, Designing with Plants with some aplomb, Henk Gerritsen’s turn of phrase in Dream Plants and More Dream Plants was always light, witty and insightful and while Gardening with Grasses seemed to bow to certain conventionalities, for European readers, the book opened up new vistas of possibilities. But with this offering the writers have run out of steam, or rather Kingsbury has as Oudolf appears to have participated little in the book’s creation. This time Kingsbury’s style is leaden – is the book a re-working of his recent thesis? It stinks of academia. Timber Press has done an excellent job re the images on the hard and dust cover (and this time all the pages are in the right order and the captions are all in English – not the case with my copies of previous work attributed to Oudolf that they have published). But as publishers they mislead in their suggestion that in this book ‘home gardeners … will find invaluable advice in this new approach’. First of all the approach is not new, secondly the style is so leaden most would start to doze while reading it and thirdly not all home gardeners have the opportunity for creating public amenities for their community. For professionals the book may be of use but, as another reviewer has suggested, the narrative raises more questions than it answers, and the lists are short and somewhat mean.
Next time Oudolf’s name appears on the cover of a new book I will wait until I get my hands on a copy so see what, if anything, is new and inspirational. In the meanwhile I will continue to use my dog-eared copies of previous work attributed to him which are well worth purchasing.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alan Chandler on 28 Dec 2005
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This book raises more questions than it answers.
It says that planners of public open spaces and parks are reluctant to use perennial plantings because of concerns about durability and maintenance. The general gardening public is also ill-informed about how individual species compete, spread and how long they will survive in their gardens as this information is never provided by garden centres and retailers. Yet the book singularly fails to provide the answers needed to build confidence in the form of intermingled naturalistic perennial plantings favoured by the authors.
Maybe the answers are not yet entirely known and we must wait the outcome of Noel Kingsbury's ongoing research. However, `Planting Design – gardens in time and space' has extended the debate about the reslience and longevity of naturalistic plantings and will have avid Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury fans craving for more in a future sequel.
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There are three main factors to consider in Planting Design: aesthetics, horticulture, and symbolism of plants.

"Gardeners and garden designers seek inspiration from a variety of sources. Among these, nature is perhaps a relative recent choice, a reflection of changing attitudes toward natural world..." Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury wrote. They continued to cover nature and gardens (use of plants with wild character, nature-inspired planting pattern, use of native species, avoiding formality, biodiversity, etc), ecology and habitat (ecological fit, visual ecology, etc), planting in space, plants on display, the mechanics of planting design, planting in time, and practicalities (soil preparation, plant selection, etc) and maintenance.

Planting Design is the most important aspect of landscape education and practice. It is also a subject that is very difficult to teach or to learn. "Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space" can alleviate this problem. We need people to do research on Planting Design from different angles. Piet Oudolf is an innovative designer, horticulturist and plantsman, and Noel Kingsbury is an advocate of naturalistic planting. "Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space" is a result of their cooperation. It has 176 pages and many spectacular color interior photos. It is a great attempt with an emphasis on the horticultural aspect of Planting Design.

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "Planting Design Illustrated," "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Architectural Practice Simplified," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
General Principles of "New Wave" planting 19 Dec 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book further elaborates and discusses the principles behind Piet Oudolf and Noel Kinsbury "New Wave" herbaceous perennial plantings. It is a general discussion for the serious gardner. Their intent is NOT to provide a step-by-step guide to designing, but suggest a "process" for key plant selection and combination. They are not located in North America, so you will find that some of their plant recommendations are difficult to find, or not specifically suited to your North America Plant Zone and no list can be casually taken from the book directly to your yard, but requires considerable effort on your part to identify those plants specific to your zone. For example, their list of 15 small trees to combine with perennials, only six might grow in my zone, I could not find 2 of those listed in my Sunset Western Garden Book, and 3 listed contradictory information to the Sunset Western Garden Book. So while their discussion of their "methods, discoveries and thoughts" are of interest, it will not easily transfer to a newly designed "new wave" perennial garden for the casual user.
46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed, incredibly disappointed. 16 Jan 2006
By B. J. Mariotti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I would describe myself as a fan of Oudolf - by adopting and adapting some of his raison-être our own garden has changed beyond recognition, with masses of seasonal interest throughout the year. Kingsbury ghosted Oudolf's original work, Designing with Plants with some aplomb, Henk Gerritsen's turn of phrase in Dream Plants and More Dream Plants was always light, witty and insightful and while Gardening with Grasses seemed to bow to certain conventionalities, for European readers, the book opened up new vistas of possibilities. But with this offering the writers have run out of steam, or rather Kingsbury has as Oudolf appears to have participated little in the book's creation. This time Kingsbury's style is leaden - is the book a re-working of his recent thesis? It stinks of academia. Timber Press has done an excellent job re the images on the hard and dust cover (and this time all the pages are in the right order and the captions are all in English - not the case with my copies of previous work attributed to Oudolf that they have published). But as publishers they mislead in their suggestion that in this book `home gardeners ... will find invaluable advice in this new approach'. First of all the approach is not new, secondly the style is so leaden most would start to doze while reading it and thirdly not all home gardeners have the opportunity for creating public amenities for their community. For professionals the book may be of use but, as another reviewer has suggested, the narrative raises more questions than it answers, and the lists are short and somewhat mean.

Next time Oudolf's name appears on the cover of a new book I will wait until I get my hands on a copy so see what, if anything, is new and inspirational. In the meanwhile I will continue to use my dog-eared copies of previous work attributed to him which are well worth purchasing.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
In defense of a misunderstood book 26 Oct 2006
By James Golden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As an admirer of Noel Kingsbury's prolific work, I was initially put off by this book. In some passages, it reads like a manifesto on a new approach to gardening. On futher reading, however, I have found it stimulating, valuable, and full of hard-to-find information on cutting edge work in ornamental gardening, particularly in Europe. Its emphasis on design of plantings for reduced maintenance in parks and public areas is not at all off point for the home gardener - certainly for this home gardener. I am 61, have only weekends for gardening, weekends often interrupted by other of life's demands, I garden on a difficult site with heavy wet clay and lots of deer. So any gardening approach that holds out a way to have a beautiful, sustainable garden, using plants suited to existing conditions, that I can create and maintain with minimal effort and time is certainly of value. Moreover, Kingsbury introduces me to some exciting names in gardening and to exciting gardens I've not known of: the work of Cassian Schmidt at Hermanshoff in Germany is only one example. This book is a window into a world of planting design and gardening that most of us have no access to (much of the published literature is in German) and Kingsbury brings it to light. I heartily recommend this book. It is a serious book, and gives more and more on successive readings. If your time is limited, you can reread sections that interest you and find more of value each time. I'm not sure what part Piet Oudolf actually played in this book, but he's certainly the preeminent practitioner of this style, and his apparently loose association with Kingsbury should continue. They are doing exciting work, and this book puts their work into a larger context and gives it a theoretical framework.
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