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His designs and ethos are as viable today as they were nearly years ago. While many of the plant recommendations made by Robinson are specific to growing in England, there are quite a few plants completely appropriate for our own native wild gardens here in the U.
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For us here at WbD, this book is a testament to how plants can interact with one another to create a harmonious wild garden and sustainable landscape design. So, if you were only going to buy one garden design book, this book could easily be put at the top of the list. Have you ever wondered why the gardens you see today look nothing like the formal, clipped designs you see in history books? The Wild Garden, first published in , issued a forceful challenge to the prevailing garden style of the day and advocated a naturalistic style, in which hardy plants, both native and exotic, are arranged in groupings that mimic wild landscapes.
Thanks to Robinson's passionate advocacy, and to the example he set in his own garden at Gravetye Manor in West Sussex, the naturalistic style triumphed - even to this day.
It would be a mistake, however, to think of The Wild Garden as merely of historical interest. For this newly designed edition, Rick Darke has written an introductory essay that not only underscores Robinson's importance in the evolution of garden design and ecology, but also explains his relevance for today's gardeners, designers, and landscape professionals.
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In addition, the book contains stunning photographs taken by Darke, including images of Gravetye and of modern wild gardens. This is a very nicely produced book, lavishly illustrated with Rick's beautiful and intelligent photographs, that will appeal to gardeners, professional horticulturists and designers who are particularly interested in more sustainable gardening. If you have never read The Wild Garden, I'd strongly recommend this edition: the new material gives it an edge that has dissipated in the original.
It is, in effect, two books for the price of one and a handsome volume at that. Visit Seller's Storefront. As will be immediately clear to anyone who leafs through this book, Robinson's urgent message continues to resonate.
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Read comments from Darrel Morrison and Ken Druse. Building on Darke's bestselling The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses , the guide describes many new species and cultivars, includes dozens of new photographs, and presents cultivation information and descriptions in a handy, compact format. Covering species and cultivars and illustrated with color photographs, Timber Press Pocket Guide to Ornamental Grasses is a valuable complement to Darke's Color Encyclopedia.
Its convenient format makes it an ideal reference to take to the nursery or garden center. Flexibind, color photos.
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It reveals a series of multi-season gardens that owe their vibrancy to dynamic communities of responsibly chosen native and introduced plants. It also offers insights and inspiration for gardeners and garden designers looking to recreate its iconic, naturalistic aesthetic and to adopt its progressive management strategies.
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Tallamy's award-winning Bringing Nature Home revealed the pressing need for a biodiverse home landscape. In a gorgeously illustrated, inspirational, and practical way, The Living Landscape supports this message by showing gardeners how to make it happen. This collaboration between Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy greatly expands on Darke's American Woodland Garden and The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition , and Tallamy's Bringing Nature Home to present an inclusive vision of the vital roles native plants can play in beautiful, ecologically sound and broadly functional residential landscape design.
Drawing from first-hand experience and research in wild habitats and diverse gardens, the authors employ five hundred photos and over sixty thousand words to detail their approach and strategies for creating richly layered landscapes that sustain both humans and wildlife. Large format, printed on lb matte finished art stock, all photos and graphics spot-varnished for maximum vibrancy.