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The Essential Garden Design Workbook [Paperback]

Rosemary Alexander
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Book Description

15 May 2009
'The Essential Garden Design Workbook' guides the reader through every stage of planning a garden - how to survey a site, how to choose landscaping materials, and how to develop planting schemes. This fully revised and updated second edition features new U.S. case studies and new photographs. Valuable tips on green gardening are new to this edition, and include how to harvest rainwater, how to design a green roof, tips on sustainable planting, and a guide to composting. Tailor-made for hands-on gardeners, the workbook approach is accessible, practical, and can be used to create a garden from scratch and to redesign an existing garden. Gardeners will find easy ways to measure large spaces, estimate the height of a tree, and find the right proportions for a deck. They'll also find tips on space, light, and color. This title includes hundreds of easy-to-follow line drawings and diagrams.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; 2nd edition edition (15 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929751
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author tackles a vast subject in a clear, concise and unintimidating way, guiding the reader logically through basic horticultural techniques. --Gardens Illustrated

Rosemary Alexander's book will certainly be useful to people starting out in gardening and to new students of horticulture, and it will also encourage more experienced gardeners to renew their techniques of garden management. --Kew Magazine

About the Author

Rosemary Alexander is a pioneering figure in the world of garden design and has devoted a lifetime to her passion for gardening. She runs an established garden design business and directs the Garden-Design Diploma course at the English Gardening School, where her students frequently win medals and awards. Rosemary credits her many years of teaching and creating gardens as the inspiration for her writing. She has worked on gardens throughout the world, and was tenant of the National Trust property, Stoneacre, in Kent, where she created a romantic Old World garden. Rosemary enjoys having friends at her home where they can experience her well-tended gardens and her home cooking, and take long walks with her. She also loves discussing plants with anyone, traveling, and reading a good book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Garden Design Workbook 23 Jan 2005
After ploughing through endless variations on this theme it's good to find something that's user friendly and totally practical. The best feature is that the book follows the design process in a logical manner identifying principles and showing you how to apply them in a practical way; it also shows you what works in design terms and what doesn't plus some tricks to achieve more professional results with plan presentations. Another thing of interest is the quirky graphic style of illustration used to highlight non- plan points. Extremely useful throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Garden Design Workbook 24 April 2005
This is a book which I know intimately,especially the first edition which formed the basis of The English Gardening Schools Distance Learning course, in Garden Design.It is without doubt one of the best books of it's type, and ranks along side the Doyen of Garden Design Books John Brooks,frankly I cannot pay the Author,Rosemary Alexander any higher compliment, if you are a Student, or newly qualified Designer then this is a book which will be referred to on more than one occaison,and it's style and quirky line drawings only add to your entertainment& education ,buy it you will not be dissappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good and very practical garden design book 22 Nov 2007
This book covers all phases of garden design, from original research, obtaining the owner's requirements, site survey sketch, checklist and inventory, to conceptual diagrams, presentation plans, theme plan, preliminary garden layout plan and final planting plans.

It discusses space, light, proportion and scale, colour plates, ground plane, vertical plane, overhead plane, materials, texture, principles of planting design, planting styles, practical considerations, seasonal effects, and rendering techniques for various plans. It also has a plant list and plant hardiness zones at the end. This is one of few books that actually discuss the design aspect of gardens / landscaping. Very practical!

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 22 Jun 2011
I found this an incredibly useful book. I have a very small garden and didn't know how to go about sorting it out until I found this.

The author's own garden is part of the National Garden Scheme and she runs a major gardening school - she really knows her stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 12 Feb 2010
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Not an easy read. The book helped with some aspects of my garden planning but would have preferred more photos and practical tips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be without it 10 April 2010
A wonderfully presented, easy to read book packed with drawings, photographs and text that making it a garden publication that is as useful as the English Dictionary. Perfect for reference on mood boards there are many many examples to stimulate the imagination. I bought this and The Garden Maker's Manual and they go everywhere with me. Love it.
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Got to say ... just a first class book. Crammed with valuable information, and presented in such a brilliant way (millions of really concise & slightly quirky drawings ... with just the odd photo here and there). Cannot quite believe I'm raving about a garden design book, but there you go ... if you're looking for a helping hand and you are new to this field, I just can't believe there is a better book out there. Feeling very emboldened, and haven't even finished Chapter 2. This thing could be life changing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sound introduction to garden design 15 Jan 2014
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Good, easy to read informative book which contains all the basic info and has lots of helpful pictures and diagrams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
My daughter loved this book as she needs it for her BA. Price was great and it was delivered well in time for Christmas so everyone was happy!
Published 7 months ago by avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars A*****
I would strongly recommend this title.
Rated. An in depth read for enquiring minds
I give it the highest accolade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to creating a garden.
A great foundation in creating, or changing, a garden. covers everything that should be considered when making a garden. Read more
Published 14 months ago by FancyFree
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Excellent book, so much information I've always had a keen interest in garden design and landscaping. Even considering taking it up professionally. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nathan Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I am doing a gardening course and this book was recommended to me and it has been invaluable. A very good and informative book.
Published 18 months ago by Belinda S A Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal present for homebuyer
Boughtthis book as a christmas present for a couple buying their first house. They loved it. The principles of garden design gave an ideal starting point for a personalised garden... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars For Designers
A great book, well written & thought thro'; if a little verbose at times . Could have done with more bullet points & structure . Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by Montagnard
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not inspirational
This is a good book with lots of good tips however I found it a bit dry with little to inspire.
Published on 5 July 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Garden design
Very comprehensive book giving me a host of very practical ideas for my new garden. Highly recommended.
Published on 21 Jun 2010 by G. Dawson
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