- Date of publication: 22 December 2008
- Paperback ISBN-13: 978 1 85341 131 0 (paperback only)
- Pages: 124
- Images: 124 colour photos and 119 black & white line drawings, plans and sketches.
- Dimensions: 190 x 245 mm (landscape format)
- Weight: 387 grams
Garden fashions continually evolve but an understanding of fundamental principles underlies all thoughtful design. This book will lead novice garden designers and other landscape professionals to the basic elements of garden space and to discover the interplay between them. The book originated in a workshop called 'Giving Your Garden Style' and reflects the authors' originality and wide experience. It is packed with line drawings, informal sketches and sections of actual garden plans. Colour photographs – many of which are linked to plans within the text – all help to enhance the principles, problems and solutions discussed in the text. With such information in front of them, readers will be encouraged to look, think and analyse before taking up pencil, computer mouse or spade. It is confidently expected that this book will be required reading for all those beginning a career in garden design or construction. Keen gardeners will also benefit from the explanations of design principles.
Introduction; Consulting the genius of the place; Proportion and balance; Routes and direction; Rhythm and repetition; Geometry and line; Contrast; Mood; Conclusion; References and further reading; Index.
Members of the UK Society of Garden Designers (SGD) and the Irish Garden and Landscape Designers Association (GLDA) may buy the book direct from the Publisher at a discounted price of £20.00. Email him on and leave a contact phone number, or phone +44 (0)1243 537977. Either way, Michael Packard will speak to you and take credit card details, and also can advise on other books.