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What's with the grief for this excellent book?
on 21 December 2009
I've just put my paperback copy of this book on the market (only because I've moved into another field of work) and thought I'd just check out what people were saying about it. I was surprised at the emotion it seems to have created and the extremes of opinion regarding its content!
I bought it at Chelsea a few years ago, and spent quite a time skimming through it to check its usefulness and relevance as it was quite expensive. I agree with the comments made about it (both good and bad), including the bit about the 'money orientated' emphasis in the foreword etc. But I would also have to add that this book is definitely worth buying - I was taking my degree when I bought it, but would also say it is an asset to the working designer too.
It is one of the few landscape/garden design books that really goes through contracts (unless you want to go into Spon-like detail) as well as having an equally useful (and inspiring) approach to planting styles and impact. The drawings are very detailed and can be used as a good template or example of layouts, symbols etc. The writing style is fresh and has energy, as well as being very readable, unlike a lot of the stuff you're given to read.
All in all, I would put this book in the top 10 of my collection (of over 300+ books) and found myself picking it up or pulling out useful bits of information on loads of projects. I can't see what all the fuss is about - I would definitely recommend it!