The Garden Bible can help homeowners understand the challenges of their outdoor space and what they need to do to create their garden and make it thrive. Photographed in rich full-color, this book will teach you how to develop a master plan for your yard. Many garden books explain how to grow specific flowers, care for shrubs, trees and lawn, and construct fences and hardscape. None take a homeowner from the beginning of the process: how to ask a professional the right questions, how to develop a budget, and how to identify and troubleshoot the challenges of their yard—drainage, erosion, privacy, noise, wind, too much or too little sun or shade. The Garden Bible will help you plan and problem solve so that your garden will grow, evolve, and be sustainable for years to come. Few books delve into landscaping style and cost-saving solutions as this insightful, beautifully illustrated book does.
Barbara Ballinger, a well-known real estate, design and garden writer for more than four decades, and Michael Glassman, an award-winning landscape designer for over 35 years and author of seven books on landscape design and gardening, guide you through the process of designing your perfect garden. Showcasing the stories of how almost 30 home owners designed, budgeted and built their landscapes—The
Dimensions: 254mm x 254mm
Page Count: 224
Publication: Nov 2015
Colour: Full Colour
• Barbara Ballinger has written about gardens through her design and real estate work for more than 40 years and has a wonderful garden at her home, including a large organic vegetable patch of four raised planters with watering station, gravel floor, herbs surrounding it, and all framed by blue slate low ‘walls.’
• Michael Glassman is an award-winning landscape designer and also a serious photographer whose work has been published. He and Barbara currently write the widely read blog, The Bare Root.
House & Garden Magazine – Dec 2015
The Garden Bible takes you through the process of planning and transforming your garden, with advice on creating a sustainable design.
Outdoor Design & Living – December 2015,
The underlying principle of The Garden Bible is that there are some essential elements of design that everyone can learn, helping them to create a garden that will be extraordinary. The book starts by covering all the basics: how to assess the site and climate, developing a realistic budget, hiring landscape professionals, working out a garden style and how to identify problems early. These chapters touch on a wide range of garden elements, from outdoor kitchen basics to natural swimming pools to edible landscaping. Next domes gardens to inspire. The authors have drawn together 29 garden profiles. Each looks at the site issues, project challenges, problem-solving solutions, key design details and more. Landscape plans are also included. The gardens, all by American designers, except for one from Melbourne’s Jim Fogarty, cover the gamut of styles.
Belle Magazine – Feb 2016
For some, gardening is a form of religion so the title of this book is quite appropriate. It is a real go-to-manual for transforming an outdoor space, whether it’s a pocket-sized inner-city plot or a vast country estate. The photographs are inspiring, but it’s the common sense advice that will convert every reader into a garden guru.
Landscaping Your Garden Magazine Jan/Feb 2016
Country Home Ideas – March 2016
Whether it’s extending your indoor living areas outside, installing a pool or putting in a vegetable garden, transforming your outdoor spaces is one of the most popular home trends today. In The Garden Bible, real estate and design writer Barbara Ballinger and landscape designer Michael Glassman show readers how to understand the challenges of their outdoor spaces and what they need to do to create a beautiful garden and help it to thrive. With an emphasis on creating functional yet stylish spaces, this informative book is designed to teach you how to develop a master plan for your backyard, from understanding your site and climate and setting a budget to hiring professionals, finding your garden style and how to identify and solve problems such as drainage, erosion, privacy, noise, wind, too much or too little sun or shade plus a useful list of garden blogs and books. There is also a section that showcases the stories of how almost 30 home owners designed, budgeted and built their landscapes, including the details, problems and solutions for each project.
Outdoor Rooms – March 2016
As its title suggests, this books is the go-to guide when creating a fully-fledged outdoor space. The Garden Bible provides homeowners with all the information they need to completely transform their backyards. From the basics right down to the nitty gritty, such as how to grow certain plants and construct fences, this book covers an extensive range of garden topics. This comprehensive guide gives instructions on how to ask a professional the right questions, develop a budget, and identify and troubleshoot the challenges of yard drainage, erosion, privacy, noise, wind and too much or too little sun or shade. The Garden Bible will help you plan and problem-solve so that your garden will grow, evolve and be sustainable for years to come.
Get Growing Mag- Feb 2016
NZ Gardener magazine, April 2016This is a seriously informative and beautiful guide. It reviews over 20 actual landscaping jobs and outlines the design, budgetary and climatic issues and constraints the designers had to consider. Is your plot in year-round shade? They have the plants for you. Want to get rid of your lawn but don’t know how? They show how to use hard landscaping to break up the space. The book guides you through site analysis, working out a budget, how to find a contractor and create a sun chart. (Oh how I wish I’d done this with our supposedly north-facing garden!) Written by a landscape designer, the focus is on hard landscaping solutions rather than the plants themselves. Other books provide better descriptions of the importance of different garden textures and plant lists for particular soils, climate and conditions. (Though this publication is from North America, where climates vary hugely across the continent, so the omission is understandable.) If you’re just beginning your gardening journey, or are about to make over an existing patch, this is a very good place to start.
Better Homes & Gardens – June 2016The Garden Bible: Designing Your Perfect Outdoor Space…..is a garden A to Z, from planning to creating your own style while not wasting money. With inspiring insights into how others have fulfilled their visions, it’s filled with the sort of practical problem-solving information not normally found in such books. The authors are North American, as are most of the gardens featured, but the appeal is universal.
Designing A Vision is a captivating and inspiring close-up of Janice Parker’s practice, namely her creative process and prodigious output of incredible works spanning more than three decades. Janice has extensive hands-on experience in every facet of landscape and design—so she intimately understands how it all works. As a result, the work depicted in Designing A Vision is realistic, and inspiring. Containing first-hand accounts of Janice’s experience and practice, this beautiful volume is replete with case studies, anecdotes and insights. Verdant photography augments an incredible number of color renderings, watercolors, inspiring artworks, illustrations and plans.
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Page Count: 262
Publication Date: Feb 2017
Colour: Full Colour
Since creating Janice Parker Landscape Architects in 1984, Janice has cultivated the firm to one of national prominence. Janice Parker Landscape Architects has conceptualized and directed innovative landscape architecture for national private and public clients across the United States. The firm has established a reputation for conceiving, planning, and installing thoughtful landscapes, and is dedicated to excellent design, full documentation, and project coordination. Under her guidance, the firm has been honored with multiple awards, including the 2012 National Palladio Award for Landscape Architecture and the 2015 Professional Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Her firm’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Veranda, The Washington Post Online, HGTV.com, Equestrian Quarterly, Period Homes, Robb Report, New Old House, The New York Observer Online, Curbed NY, Style Beat, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, Vogue, and Luxe Interiors + Design—to name a few. Janice’s notable career has embodied the essence of mentoring, teaching, and volunteering. She chose the unique journey of gaining her landscape architecture license through independent training, practical experience and mentorship from other respected professionals in the field of design.
“Janice Parker has put her spectacular talents to work on behalf of all New Yorkers through her service to the city’s community gardens and Million Trees NYC program. Now, with this book, her extraordinary eye for beauty is on display for all the world to see. Her reverence for the art of nature is equaled only by her passion for the creativity of design, and the combination is both amazing and inspiring.” — Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and mayor of New York City, 2002–2013
“I know Janice Parker as the dedicated and determined landscape architect who helped The New York Restoration Project launch Million Trees NYC by designing The Cherry Tree Project, the beautiful installation that transformed Harlem River Drive in New York City.” “After reading this book, you too will be ready to go out and plant trees—with a greater understanding of the process and creative spirit that guides innovative and extraordinary landscapes. The passion and love Janice has for the natural world and design comes through on every page, with a unique blend of stunning photographs, art, design and most important, the clear-eyed principles that help produce great landscape and gardens.”—Bette Midler
Edited by Paolo Ceccon and Laura Zampieri
There is ever-growing demand for the construction of pedestrian and cyclist paths internationally, and it’s the rate of growth that highlights new challenges, as well as opportunities, for landscape designers. This book showcases several exciting design projects of pedestrian and cyclist paths across a range of environments, from cities to local communities, urban areas to larger national parks. This book addresses how the issues of connectivity and urban public space are common across different cultural and geographic settings. At the same time, solutions differ in response to the character of individual sites and their context within an urban or natural landscape setting. The highly illustrated projects demonstrate a commitment to creative design to produce new public spaces that are not only functional, but provide opportunities for people to move easily through them and interact with the surrounding urban and natural environments. The book includes an informative design guide and a set of criteria that should provide strong reference materials in the evolving landscape realm of developing sustainable, green infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists.
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Page Count: 272
Publication Date: May 2016
Colour: Full Colour
Paolo Ceccon graduated as an architect from the Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV), in Venice, where he conducts research. He specialized in urban design of cities for his Masters in Urbanism in the Escola Técnica Superior D'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB). From 2005 to 2013 he was a visiting professor in landscape architecture at the IUAV, and he teaches “Public Spaces” and “Architectural Design” at the Department ICEA of the University of Padua. Since 2009 he is a visiting professor in Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona. Since 2011 he is professor at the summer workshop for the Masters of Landscape Architecture at UPC (ACMA-UPC), in Lisbon. He recently wrote for Quodlibet Journal editions, namely “Landscapes in Production” (with Laura Zampieri) and “Chronicle of a Mutationsemantics. The landscape of the project”.
Laura Zampieri is an architect who graduated from Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV), in Venice, where she also conducts research. She was a visiting professor in landscape architecture from 2004 to 2011 at the University of Trento, and from 2004 to 2013 at the University of Udine. Currently she teaches within the Department of Culture of the Project at IUAV, for the Masters in Landscape Architecture and Garden Design, and the Masters in Landscape Architecture at UPC, in Barcelona. Since 2011 she is also professor at the summer workshop for the Masters of Landscape Architecture at UPC (ACMA-UPC), in Lisbon. She recently wrote for the Quodlibet Journal editions, namely
“Landscapes in production” (with Paulo Ceccon) and “Fora project in the landscape”.
Edited by Steffan Robel
As one of the most important components of urban green space, public green space in the community makes a huge impact on the quality of residents’ daily lives, socially, environmentally, and for the overall health and well being of the community. With the rapid development of the urbanization process, people are paying much more attention to the construction of infrastructure in their living environments, thus the construction of public green space is steadily increasing on a larger scale. The construction of the green space not only helps improve the quality of residential living spaces and the level of public welfare, but these spaces also inspire residents’ participation and engagement within the community. This volume showcases the benefits and advantages of designing green space within the community, for the community. Set out with insightful and informative guidelines and established case studies for current trends, this book enhances the reader’s awareness of the current trends in the industry and the strategies employed by international landscape designers, urban planners and landscape architects from around the world.
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Page Count: 224
Publication Date: May 2016
Colour: Full Colour
Steffan Robel, born in Pirmasens, Germany, is founder and executive director of A24 Landschaft. Robel studied landscape architecture at TU Berlin and at the Internationale Agrarische Hogeschool Larenstein in the Netherlands, as well as construction management in Weimar. He held various posts before creating A24 Landschaft in 2005. Robel worked as an instructor, teaching courses at HafenCity University Hamburg and at Hochschule Anhalt. His designs have won awards both in Germany and abroad; he has been a competition juror since 2006.
Edited by Jim Burnum
They provide many cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits and contribute positively to physical and mental health. Everyone, particularly children, the elderly and those with disabilities, should have easy access to open space and the opportunity to participate in sport and outdoor recreational pursuits.
The primary purpose of sports parks is to provide for organized sports and physical activity. These spaces need to function with a high degree of organization and should cater for sports uses ranging from junior team training to major competitive events, at both the local and city-wide levels.
This impressive book features the newest directions for design projects from internationally renowned designers, and inspires with new and exciting ideas for sports park landscape design, showcased through informative guidelines, superb photography, detailed plans and step-by-step drawings.
Dimensions: 300mm x 220mm
Page Count: 248
Publication Date: July 2016
Colour: Full Colour
Jim Barnum is President of Spectrum Skateparks Inc. and has over 18 years’ experience in concrete skatepark planning and design, project management and construction. He has worked as senior skatepark designer on over 160 award-winning projects in diverse climates, geographies and countries dealing with every aspect from initial planning through construction completion.
Jim was a sponsored, competition-level skateboarder, and still actively rides today. His design work is informed by 30 years of riding skateparks and iconic street and “natural terrain” spots across the world from the streets of Shanghai and Barcelona to the bowls, backyard pools and drainage ditches of southern California. Jim is internationally recognized as an innovator in his field, and is regularly called on to conduct seminars and workshops, as well as to write articles for books and magazines on skatepark development. His most recent award was an Award of Excellence from the Government of British Columbia for Creative Achievement in Applied Art and Design.