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The Essential Garden Design Workbook (Second Edition)

By Rosemary Alexander

Alexander writes with a rare understanding for all of the living organisms — humans, plants and wild creatures — who will occupy and benefit from the garden that is under design.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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.

Media reviews

"Alexander writes with a rare understanding for all of the living organisms — humans, plants and wild creatures — who will occupy and benefit from the garden that is under design."

—Mary-Liz Shaw, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"I especially like the book's 400 line drawings. Most are helpful, some humorous."

—Victoria Hecht, Virginian-Pilot

About the author

Rosemary Alexander

Rosemary Alexander has devoted her life to garden design — running a garden design business as well as the English Gardening School. She believes that as people realize the therapeutic nature of gardening, garden design will become even more popular.

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