This is one of the most comprehensive books on Planting Design. It fills in the blank in this field and introduces poetry, painting and symbolism into Planting Design. It covers in detail the two major systems in Planting Design: Formal Planting Design and Naturalistic Planting Design. It has numerous line drawings and photos to illustrate the Planting Design concepts and principles. Through in-depth discussions of historical precedents and practical case studies, it uncovers the fundamental design principles and concepts as well as underpinning philosophy for Planting Design. It is an indispensable reference book for Landscape Architecture students, designers, architects, urban planners and ordinary garden lovers. What Others Are Saying About Planting Design Illustrated… “I found this book to be absolutely fascinating. You will need to concentrate while reading it but the effort will be well worth your time.” —Bobbie Schwartz, Former President of APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers), and Author of “The Design Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together” “This is a book that you have to read, and it is more than well worth your time. Gang Chen takes you well beyond what you’ll learn in other books about basic principles like color, texture, and mass.” —Jane Berger, Editor & Publisher of gardendesignonline “As a long time consumer of gardening books, I am impressed with Gang Chen’s inclusion of new information on planting design theory for Chinese and Japanese gardens. Many gardening books discuss the beauty of Japanese gardens, and a few discuss the unique charms of Chinese gardens, but this one explains how Japanese and Chinese history, geography and artistic traditions bear on the development of each country’s style. The material on traditional western garden planting is thorough and inspiring, too. Planting Design Illustrated definitely rewards repeated reading and study; any garden designer will read it with profit.” […]
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