Welcome to our website! Packard Publishing was founded over 40 years ago by Clare and Michael Packard. It is located in the Cathedral city of Chichester in the south of England between the sea and the South Downs.
The firm is now concentrating on semi-academic books in the niche markets of landscape studies and garden design (not general gardening), applied ecology and land management, and to a lesser extent English and French language and literature (poetry). We are also ‘mining’ the backlist, revising and reprinting chapters from books such as those in our Vulnerable and Threatened Landscape series, for example, whose authors or editors are deceased or long retired, or from Land and Estate Management.
From the early 2010s we concentrated on publishing ‘workshop’ books on topics in the garden-design curriculum for students and landscape professionals. This programme yielded the bestselling Designing Gardens on Slopes by Liz Davies and Ruth Chivers, which focused on a designer’s first approaches to potential clients and presentation of suggested designs, and used plans of actual gardens on ‘bumpy’ sites by way of examples.
In 2015 we launched a series of books about the regions of France with two books covering Languedoc-Roussillon and Auvergne. These were testing the market for books that were different from the usual travel accounts and were aimed at more enlightened visitors and as background to French studies with extracts from regional writing in both French and English. They have sold steadily but the series needs to be expanded to cover the other regions of ‘La belle France’in order to have greater impact.
In 2017, we published a new edition of the pocket Guide to Habitat Creation revised by one of the original well-known authors, Chris Baines, and in 2018 the important Practical Management of Invasive Non-Native Weeds in Britain and Ireland, which emanated from the Property Care Association’s invasive weeds group.
In 2019, the seminal book by the leading landscape and garden historian David Jacques, Landscape Appreciation – Theories since the Cultural Turn is now making quite an impact in landscapes studies.
Regrettably, we no longer exhibit at large conferences, with the exception of the excellent soft-planting workshops organised by Palmstead Nurseries in Kent every January. Michael Packard will always visit design colleges to mount small exhibits of garden and landscape design titles, and is happy to answer phone calls from students seeking advice about books on different topics.
Our books are all available to order directly or through booksellers who can obtain them through our wholesaler Gardners of Eastbourne when not stocked. Specialist stockholders are listed under the heading ‘Distribution’ on each book’s website page. We subscribe to Nielsen BookData’s excellent ‘enhanced’ service through which details of all new books are sent automatically to subscribing bookselling chains such as Waterstones, Blackwells, W H Smith and Amazon.