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The Essential Garden Design Workbook: Completely Revised and Expanded

By Rosemary Alexander and Rachel Myers

The attention to detail at every stage is fantastic.…​Even if you don’t want to be a designer, it is a book worth having.

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The Essential Garden Design Workbook has been the go-to guide for students, professionals, and any gardener passionate about well-designed outdoor spaces. Now, eminent designer-educator Rosemary Alexander has teamed up with rising design star Rachel Myers for a complete update.

New garden plans, new photos and diagrams, and updated profiles of 50 top plants offer timely insights for today's designers. Advice on designing for sustainability and diversity has been added, along with guidance on planning for garden spaces large and small, using computer-aided design, and starting a garden design business. Detailed sections that lead you through the entire process—pre-design, concept, layout, planning, planting, and maintenance—are more relevant than ever. Invaluable for experienced pros and the next generation alike, this expanded classic is for anyone interested in designing beautiful, successful gardens.

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"The attention to detail at every stage is fantastic.…​Even if you don’t want to be a designer, it is a book worth having."

Gardens Illustrated

About the authors

Rosemary Alexander

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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Rachel Myers

Rachel Myers is a garden designer based in Oxfordshire. She has designed gardens in France, Belgium, and Colombia. At the English Gardening School, Rachel lectures on both garden design and practical horticulture diploma courses as well as overseeing and grading all plant portfolios. Her work has been featured in numerous books and magazines, including The Book of Garden Plans, The Book of Small Garden Plans, and Gardens Illustrated.

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