The Essential Garden Design Workbook guides the reader through every stage of planning a garden - how to survey a site, how to choose landscaping materials, and how to develop planting schemes. This fully revised and updated second edition features new U.S. case studies and new photographs. Valuable tips on green gardening are new to this edition, and include how to harvest rainwater, how to design a green roof, tips on sustainable planting, and a guide to composting. Tailor-made for hands-on gardeners, the workbook approach is accessible, practical, and can be used to create a garden from scratch and to redesign an existing garden. Gardeners will find easy ways to measure large spaces, estimate the height of a tree, and find the right proportions for a deck. They'll also find tips on space, light, and color. This title includes hundreds of easy-to-follow line drawings and diagrams.
Rosemary Alexander is a pioneering figure in the world of garden design and has devoted a lifetime to her passion for gardening. She runs an established garden design business and directs the Garden-Design Diploma course at the English Gardening School, where her students frequently win medals and awards. Rosemary credits her many years of teaching and creating gardens as the inspiration for her writing. She has worked on gardens throughout the world, and was tenant of the National Trust property, Stoneacre, in Kent, where she created a romantic Old World garden. Rosemary enjoys having friends at her home where they can experience her well-tended gardens and her home cooking, and take long walks with her. She also loves discussing plants with anyone, traveling, and reading a good book.