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A Handbook for Garden Designers Paperback – 1 Sep 2002

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; New edition edition (1 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0706374762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0706374766
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 26.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rosemary Alexander FRSA is Principal of the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London, where she teaches design and graphics. She also lectures at the New York Botanic Garden. Trained as a landscape architect, she has worked on a wide range of gardens in Europe, the Middle East and the USA and has an international reputation as a garden designer. Karena Batstone trained in garden design at the English Gardening School and has a successful practice in London, transforming city gardens and roof terraces. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This is an excellent book for the learner designer who wishes to present a professional approach to his/her clients. It takes one from the essential tools of the trade through to the site survey. How to's on drawing up the plan and developing the design. Presentation of plans to clients is critical and this is covered as is enhancing of the plans to visually help the client grasp the overall effect you are wishing to create. This is definately an essential guide for the newcomer to the profession of landscape design.
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This book is aimed at the professional but I certainly wdn't pay anyone who had to use it. The advice it gives is good as far as it goes, but it is far too basic. On the other hand it isn't (in my opinion) suitable for the private person wanting to design their own garden because so much of it is aimed at impressing the client and winning the business.
I find Robin Williams' The Garden Planner far more useful, but then I'm just planning our own garden.
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The publication is in print only 6 years, but if you didn't look for the date, you would have thought this is a fifties classic... Old-fashioned, though gentle, the book might be useful for complete novices, who obviously possess more than reading skills...
Nevertheless, It takes a lot to be able to stand outdoors, in a to-be garden space, armed with a book, and start making marks! It takes inspiration, dedication and extensive skill, talent, knowledge and experience. What this volume does not offer is inspiration - that, of course, was not the brief. One must combine this reading with some 'Caffeine'-type publications to be able to make the leap...
The majority is in monochrome, and although retro, it actually helps focusing on the tasks. This book, no doubt, is a useful tool at the Chelsea Physic Garden School of Garden Design, where the authors teach.
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Some useful tips, but not as good as some other books on garden design I've bought. Not very exciting inside, with few colour photographs, but the theory is well explained. I would say it is a Handbook for Complete Garden Design Beginners rather than Garden Designers. Confusing that names used for some types of plans are different from other authors (is it a concept plan, or is it a bubble plan - why do they do that?) but useful practical tips included.
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I bought this book on the strength of another by the same author and found it useful for 'dipping into' in order to clarify ideas or see how theories have a practical application. Probably best suited to someone new to garden design, but that's not to say it's too basic. Contains really helpful, clear advice and in user -friendly language.
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