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Planting the landscape : a professional approach to garden design
Leszczynski, Nancy A.
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Publication Information:
New York ; Chichester : John Wiley & Sons, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 208 pages : illustrations (some color), 1 map, plans (some color) ; 29 cm
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SB472 .L39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The artistic combinations of plants are endless-and so are the effects they have on the human eye and spirit. As a planting designer, you must acquire vision, patience, and skill as you learn to read the landscape in all its myriad forms to create meaningful and lasting environments. From idea through implementation, Planting the Landscape shows you how.

Planting design poses exciting but complex challenges for the landscape architect, demanding creativity, practical know-how, and the ability to integrate the natural with the planned-all through the living medium of plants that grow and change over time.

Planting the Landscape is a unique, comprehensive guide to both the art and the science of planting design-with step-by-step coverage of every stage of the design process, from initial idea through implementation. Combining history, design principles, and horticultural practice in a single volume, it provides the reader with a solid grasp of:
* The history and evolution of specific design forms
* Environmental considerations and plant affinities
* Design concepts, principles, and analysis
* How to create a design vocabulary and develop a plant palette
* How to compose a planting design
* The essentials of planting and maintenance

Over 200 stunning color photographs and dozens of vivid illustrations offer an inspiring visual library of design possibilities that complement the text, and international examples place design ideas and development within a global context.

Accessible, clear, and precisely written, Planting the Landscape is an excellent design companion for landscape architecture professionals and students.

Author Notes

NANCY A. LESZCZYNSKI is a landscape architect and horticulturalist. She has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and lectured on gardens throughout the United States. She lives on a farm in Tuscany with her husband and two dogs, where she designs gardens and teaches.

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With a growing void in planting design resources, Planting the Landscape is a valuable addition to the field. Students, faculty, professionals, and gardeners are the target audience, and their needs are effectively met. Providing more than "a good foundation," Leszczynski makes the complexities of the topic highly accessible to academic readers of all levels. Planting's primary limitation lies in its strong focus on garden design, and limited applicability to large-scale landscapes. However, the author thoroughly addresses cultural influences and their aesthetic impacts. Throughout, there is an overt melding of science (horticulture) and creativity (landscape design), which reflects the author's expertise. Due consideration is given to history, with an overview of the relevant movements from Egyptian through "American Gardens" and the ecological movement. Less successfully addressed is the impact of environmental psychology and ecology in planting design. A readily understood eight-step design process walks readers along the path to successful garden creation, and serves as the chapter structure. Extensive use of stunning color photographs, black-and-white and color illustrations, and mini-case studies further aid in the book's accessibility. Other helpful features include brief chapters addressing installation and maintenance, and a glossary of terms. All levels. S. E. Michael; Washington State University

Table of Contents

Examination of Historical Precedent
Analyzing the Environment
Exploring Design Ideas
Creating a Design Vocabulary: Elements of the Garden
Composing the Planting Design
Developing a Plant Palette
Planting the Garden
Maintaining the Garden