New Gardens of the American West: Residential Landscapes of Design Workshop

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Design Workshop, Incorporated, 2003 - Gardening - 144 pages
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The American West presents particular challenges for those who create garden design. Beyond issues of arid climate, fragile soils, and short growing seasons, landscape architects often face vistas that tend to overpower the intimacy of a garden space. In its designs for garden spaces in the intermountain West, the noted landscape architect firm, Design Workshop, with principals Richard Shaw and Faith Okuma, has crafted the smaller outdoor room by grounding it in this vast context. In the end, the goal of all these designs is to cultivate an experience of nature for people and to bring the eloquence of the land into the home. But more than a design reference, New Gardens of the American West is a book about the beauty of a garden. When opened, this nearly two-foot-wide book presents panoramic views of 11 beautifully illustrated gardens in the mountains of Aspen and the desert around Santa Fe.

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About the author (2003)

Shaw is a landscape architect and freelance writer. After receiving a master's degree in landscape architgecture from Cornell University, she began her career as a landscape architect at Design Workshop in Aspen, Colorado.

Horchner earned a bachelor's degree in photography at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. He worked as a landscape and architetural photographer for 15 years before coming to Design Workshop.

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