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So You Want to Be a Garden Designer: How to Get Started, Grow, and Thrive in the Landscape Design Business

By Love Albrecht Howard

Readers who are considering taking the leap will appreciate Howard's guidance and encouragement.

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Every day, talented and passionate gardeners think to themselves: "There must be a way to turn this into a career." So You Want to Be a Garden Designer helps them realize that dream by providing the practical, step-by-step information every budding designer needs to develop and nurture a thriving garden design business. A successful, self-made garden designer herself, Love Albrecht Howard conveys not only the basic skills required for the profession, but also the crucial details that can mean the difference between success and failure.

Among the many questions she explores with warmth, humor, and a big dose of reality are: What do I need to learn? How do I tackle fences, stairs, decks, and other construction projects? How can I avoid using chemicals? What's the best way to deal with challenging personalities?

With extensive photographs, practical drawings, and clearheaded advice, So You Want to Be a Garden Designer is the comprehensive manual that all garden designers will wish they'd had from the start.

Media reviews

"Inspiring and practical in equal measure, this exceptional handbook offers sage advice on embarking on a career in garden design. ... Blending personal experience and sensible recommendations in an engaging and authentic voice, Albrecht Howard strikes a credible balance between prudence and encouragement in chapters covering every phase of garden design."

—Donna L. Davey, Library Journal

"Albrecht Howard offers a wealth of knowledge gained from real-world experience, along with the basic guidelines to help ensure the fledgling business does well financially."

Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Newsletter

"The garden design profession appears to be expanding, as many self-taught gardeners are entering the field. ... [Howard's] personal story enlivens the writing and illuminates many subtle yet essential aspects of the profession. Readers who are considering taking the leap will appreciate Howard's guidance and encouragement."

—Alice Joyce, Booklist

"With joblessness at an all time high, many passionate gardeners fantasize about designing gardens as a second career. Give your daydreamer this practical book."

—Carol Stocker, Boston Globe

"For anyone with dreams of making their living working with gardens, So You Want to Be a Garden Designer is the book for them."

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About the author

Love Albrecht Howard

Love Albrecht Howard has owned her landscape and garden design business since 1994. Her design work has been featured in national magazines and on the HGTV and DIY cable networks and she has taught local adult education classes in gardening as well as chemical-free lawn and land care.

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