The Artful Garden: Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design

The Artful GardenA revolutionary pioneer of the naturalistic New American Garden style, van Sweden (Architecture in the Garden) explains how gardeners can glean inspiration and borrow effective techniques from the arts. Whether the muse is painting or jazz, mystery novels or modern dance, van Sweden offers practical advice on how thoughtful examination can help the amateur gardener understand and control color, line, volume, light, and movement in the garden. He encourages the gardener to think in terms of composition, orchestration, rhythm, and pattern, and shows how these are employed successfully in his own award-winning gardens. One need not be a connoisseur to benefit from this advice. Less important than whether one has cultivated taste is whether one can understand why one’s preferences are personally appealing. Van Sweden offers straightforward advice for translating that idiosyncratic understanding into an assured garden design. Particularly illuminating are his conversations with artists, including painter Robert Dash and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, about how their artistic visions find expression in their private gardens. Like the author’s classic Bold Romantic Gardens, this is a refreshing, innovative source of inspiration. 98 photos. – Publishers Weekly






The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening

The New American LandscapeGardeners are the front line of defense in our struggle to tackle the problems of global warming, loss of habitat, water shortages, and shrinking biodiversity. InThe New American Landscape, author and editor Thomas Christopher brings together the best thinkers on the topic gardening sustainably, and asks them to describe the future of the sustainable landscape. The discussion unfolds from there, and what results is a collective vision as eloquent as it is diverse.

• John Greenlee and Neil Diboll on the new American meadow garden.

• Rick Darke on balancing natives and exotics in the garden.

• Doug Tallamy on landscapes that welcome wildlife.

• Eric Toensmeier on the sustainable edible garden.

• David Wolfe on gardening sustainable with a changing climate.

• Elaine Ingham on managing soil health.

• David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth on sustainable pest solutions.

• Ed Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre on green roofs in the sustainable residential landscape.

• Thomas Christopher on waterwise gardens.

• Toby Hemenway on whole system garden design.

• The Sustainable Site Initiative on the managing the home landscape as a sustainable site.

The New American Landscape offers designers a roadmap to a beautiful garden that improves, not degrades the environment. It’s a provocative manifesto about the important role gardens play in creating a more sustainable future that no professional garden designer can afford to miss.

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