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A New Naturalism


Note the book was slightly revised and enlarged to A4 size in 2016. ISBN unchanged.

The book is available at the discounted price of £21.00 plus postage & packing when ordered direct from the Publisher.

A New Naturalism
  • Date of publication: 29/05/2005
  • Paperback ISBN-13: 978 185341 133 5 (paperback only)
  • Pages: 54
  • Images: 52 colour and black & white photos; 11 line drawings and planting plans
  • Dimensions: 210 x 297 mm (landscape format)
  • Weight: 382 g
Author(s): Catherine Heatherington and Juliet Sargeant


This book is part of a 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 and evolving 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.

Companion volumes include 'The Basics of Planting Design' by Lucy Huntington, and 'Planting and Design for Seaside and Shelter' by Deborah Jolley.

Author / Compiler

Catherine Heatherington

Catherine Heatherington

Catherine Heatherington lives and practises garden and landscape design in London. Following a first degree in mathematics, she studied garden design at Middlesex University and Capel Manor, and is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers. She was awarded her PhD from the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield following her research into landscape change in developed brownfield sites.

Juliet Sargeant

Juliet Sargeant

Juliet Sargeant MD BSc FSGD first qualified as a medical doctor and then as a garden designer from Middlesex University, after which she became a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers. She was Chair of the Society from 2012 to 2014 and went on to become a judge of show gardens for the Royal Horticultural Society. Juliet regularly teaches garden design to both professional designers and garden enthusiasts, and features on BBC gardening programmes.


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