The Essential Garden Design Workbook

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Timber Press, Sep 1, 2009 - Gardening - 292 pages
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The Essential Garden Design Workbook guides the reader through every stage of planning a garden — how to survey a site, how to choose landscaping materials, and how to develop planting schemes. This fully revised and updated second edition features new U.S. case studies and new photographs. Valuable tips on green gardening are new to this edition, and include how to harvest rainwater, how to design a green roof, tips on sustainable planting, and a guide to composting.

Tailor-made for hands-on gardeners, the workbook approach is accessible, practical, and can be used to create a garden from scratch and to redesign an existing garden. Gardeners will find easy ways to measure large spaces, estimate the height of a tree, and find the right proportions for a deck. They'll also find tips on space, light, and color. Includes hundreds of easy-to-follow line drawings and diagrams.

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The Garden Owners Requirements
Surveying the Site
Basic Drawing Skills
Recording Existing Conditions
Legal Considerations
Moving Towards the Design Stage
Drawing Skills for Presentation Plans
Garden Accessories
Practical Considerations
Finalizing a Scheme for the Final Garden Layout Plan
The Role of Planting
Using Colour
Seasonal Changes in Plant Compositions
Planting Styles
Creating a Planting Plan

Designing with Patterns and Shapes
Creating Grids for Different Sites
Theme Plans
Planning an Outdoor Space
Scale and Proportion
The Role of the Vertical Plane
Barriers and Enclosures
The Role of the Overhead Plane
Enhancing the Plan
Applying Tone and Rendering Texture
Axonometric Projections
Construction Planting and Maintenance
Core Plant List
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About the author (2009)

Founder and principal of The English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London, Rosemary Alexander writes and lectures worldwide on garden design. She was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society and lived as a tenant of the National Trust property in Kent. Her current Hampshire garden has been featured in most major gardening magazines.

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