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Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designersby Vanessa Gardner Nagel
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Designing a garden is a complex task. Where do you start? What kind of skills do you need? What are the logical steps in creating a design? How do you communicate your ideas to a client, and how do you accommodate a client's requests while maintaining the integrity of the project? The answers to these questions, and many more, can all be found in Understanding Garden Design.
Most books on garden design focus on only one or a few aspects of garden design--choosing plants or creating a hardscape, for example. This comprehensive, accessible book lays out the entire process from start to finish in clear, precise language that avoids the pitfalls of "designspeak." In fact, garden owners and clients of garden designers who want to understand more about the designer's craft will be able to profit from the book's lessons.
Among the many topics covered are how to document a site, how to determine what a client needs and wants from the garden, how to take architectural features into consideration, how to think about circulation and lay out paths, how to use basic design principles, how to work with plants, and how to create a final design. Practical aspects are clearly laid out, including working with contractors and staying on top of the various phases of construction.
This thorough handbook is profusely illustrated with helpful photographs and diagrams. A particularly interesting tool is the hypothetical garden plan that appears in each chapter to show how to apply the topics at hand.
A practical, logical approach to the planning, design, and installation of a garden, this volume will be an invaluable resource for students, landscape professionals, and garden designers.
Book News Annotation:
For aspiring designers, Nagel, a commercial interior designer who became a landscape designer, details the process of garden design. Using photos and diagrams, she explains aspects like documenting the site, lighting, working with contractors, components of a garden, irrigation, finishes and furnishings, plants, and basic design principles. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Vanessa Gardner Nagel, apld, survived the frozen north of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in her early childhood and escaped to California with her parents. Her grandfather taught her to appreciate a garden in Minnesota and her mother taught her to weed in California.
After a formal education in design, she worked as a commercial interior designer for 25 years with architectural firms in the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon, before taking postgraduate coursework in landscape design. She started her own design firm in 2002. Today she continues to design gardens in the Pacific Northwest and writes and speaks about garden design. With more than 40 years of first-hand experience as a gardener, Vanessa continues to weed in her own garden, Dragonfly Hollow.
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