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The Book of Garden Design

by John Brookes

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John Brookes is undoubtedly the doyen of modern garden designers. Since going into practice in the 1960s, he has taught, lectured and communicated to an ever wider public through his books. Garden Design,first published in 1991, quickly established itself as the designer's bible. Whether you want to redesign your existing garden or are creating a new garden from scratch, John Brookes takes you step-by-step through every stage in creating your own designs - from the easy-to-learn skills for measuring your garden and drawing up a plan, to judging scale, using pattern and siting plants. Using specially commissioned full-colour photographs, drawings and plans he shows you how to give your garden a coherent style by the appropriate choice of surfaces, enclosures and accessories, and demonstrates how to fully integrate plants successfully into your design.… (more)
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Excellent and practical handbook for garden design. Split into 9 sections.

1. What is a garden? 2. Learning to design: principles, language, drawing skills, using a grid, design alternative. 3. Styling the garden: princples and different types of style. 4. Designing with plants: framework, specials, skeletons, decorative and infill. 5. Designing step by step: site assessment, developing design, planting plant, finished garden. 6. Design and styling solutions for different sites - 11 gardens. 7. Ingredients of a garden: hard landscaping, boudnaries, water, lighting etc. 8. Plant selection. 9. Further info. ( )
  ruric | Oct 23, 2011 |
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John Brookes is undoubtedly the doyen of modern garden designers. Since going into practice in the 1960s, he has taught, lectured and communicated to an ever wider public through his books. Garden Design,first published in 1991, quickly established itself as the designer's bible. Whether you want to redesign your existing garden or are creating a new garden from scratch, John Brookes takes you step-by-step through every stage in creating your own designs - from the easy-to-learn skills for measuring your garden and drawing up a plan, to judging scale, using pattern and siting plants. Using specially commissioned full-colour photographs, drawings and plans he shows you how to give your garden a coherent style by the appropriate choice of surfaces, enclosures and accessories, and demonstrates how to fully integrate plants successfully into your design.

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