Date of publication29/05/2005
Paperback ISBN-13978 185341 133 5 (paperback only)
Images52 colour and black & white photos; 11 line drawings and planting plans
Dimensions189 x 246 mm (landscape format)
PriceUnavailable; being revised
A New Naturalism
This book is part of a projected sub-series on planting design within the overall series called Workshops on Garden Design. The target readership is novice and professional garden and landscape designers.
Naturalistic planting styles have become very popular in recent years. Ecological issues and a desire to `get closer to nature' have led many people to explore a new way of planting and maintaining gardens. Such plantings can be strikingly beautiful, evoking all that is most attractive in the natural landscape. Most successful gardens, too, are underpinned by good spatial design and a thorough knowledge of planting combinations, qualities which still apply to the wilder garden.
The authors describe the history of the naturalistic genre, and review the various ways in which designers are applying naturalism today. They analyse plantings both in nature and in a selection of gardens, in order to describe how the natural effects can be achieved.
Profiles of some prominent designers working in the field (Noel Kingsbury, Nigel Dunnett, Dan Pearson, Brita von Schoenaich and Tim Rees, Keith Wiley) are included, where hints, suggestions and words of encouragement for those embarking on new naturalistic plantings are offered.
Experimentation and innovation are hallmarks of an exciting new field. This book, therefore, will be an invaluable tool for anyone hoping to develop their own naturalistic design philosophy and planting style.
Introduction – What is Naturalism?; Recent Developments in Naturalistic Planting; Natural Design Techniques; Naturalistic Matrices; Naturalistic Groupings; Practical Issues – Implementation and Maintenance; The Design Perspective; Bibliography and Further Reading; Appendix – Summary of Practical Points; Glossary; Naturalistic Gardens to Visit; Plant List and Index.