Plant-Driven Design : Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit, Hardback

Plant-Driven Design : Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit Hardback

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For too long, garden design has given pride of place to architecture, artifice, and arbitrary principles.

The results? Soulless landscapes where plants play subordinate roles.

With passion and eloquence, Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden argue that only when plants are given the respect they deserve does a garden become emotionally resonant. "Plant-Driven Design" shows designers how to work more confidently with plants, and gives gardeners more confidence to design.

The Ogdens boldly challenge design orthodoxy and current trends by examining how to marry plantsmanship and design without sacrificing one to the other.Supported by extensive lists of plants adapted to specific purposes and sites, "Plant-Driven Design" explores how plants interact with place.

In addition, the authors' experience gardening and designing in a wide variety of climates gives their perspective a unique depth.

In ideas, scope, and detail, this book both embraces and transcends regionality.

By reclaiming gardens as a home to plants, this groundbreaking work will restore life-affirming vitality to garden design and profoundly affect how we understand and experience gardens.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 284 pages, 310 color photos
  • Publisher: Timber Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Garden design & planning
  • ISBN: 9780881928778



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This is one of my favorite garden books. It celebrates the Western garden that we see so little of in the garden magazines.She says let's return plants to the place of honor in our garden and drop out the emphasis on furniture and waterworks. Her compositions of shrubs, grasses and perennials are magical and natural. I only want to garden like this. I tore out a lot of my garden after I got this book! I would have less South African plants and more natives, but generally this is the feel of a garden that works in Colorado and the high plains.