Natural Landscaping: Designing with Native Plant Communities

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2002 - Architecture - 302 pages
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In response to demand from landscape architects and home gardeners, Natural Landscaping returns to print in an updated and expanded second edition. It is unique in its focus on plant communities; it approaches landscape design as the establishment of natural ecosystems, rather than mere planting of specimens. Emphasizing the natural landscapes of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, this book
o reviews landscaping principles and techniques
o introduces native plant species for grasslands, forests, edge areas, and small wetlands
o illustrates how to evaluate a site and plan for visual effect and maintenance
o presents the issues involved in restoring bogs, ponds, and other wetlands
o offers practical advice on reducing chemical use while still combating invasive plants
o addresses social, legal, design, and planting problems often encountered on residential sites
o discusses natural landscaping for public parklands, civic buildings, school grounds, and corporate properties
 

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Contents

Preface vii
5
part two Gathering IdeasPlant Communities in the Northeast
19
four The Eastern Oak Region
35
five The Midwestern PrairieOak Region
48
six The Northern ConiferHardwoods Region
61
seven Analyzing the Site
77
eight Planning for Site Use
101
nine Designing the Planting Plan
119
eleven Semishaded Landscapes
153
twelve Shaded Landscapes
167
Transitional Landscapes
187
part four Evaluating the ResultsExamples of Naturalizing
201
sixteen Public Landscapes
217
seventeen CorporateCommercial Landscapes
231
eighteen The Gathering Place 239
255
appendix h Places to Visit
285

ten Open Landscapes
141

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About the author (2002)

     John Diekelmann is a licensed architect and a graduate landscape architect. Among his most notable projects are the architectural plans for plans for the Adler Planetarium Extension in Chicago and the landscape master plans for the Wisconsin chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Robert Schuster is a writer and educator who has participated in many projects restoring natural plant communities. He is director of the Simonds Center for Instruction and Research in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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