08-14-2008 12:19 PM
I selected this book because it offers a lot of practical information and suggestions that will be useful to anyone with a garden, especially those with older gardens or poorly designed newer gardens.
Here's what BN.com says about this book:
Approaching landscape design with the philosophy that style and harmony are equally important, this book covers basic design concepts through photographs, plans, and insightful text on how to create striking yet practical landscapes. First considering how a yard or garden is to be used, the owners’ sensibilities, and the feel of the home and neighborhood, the book discusses what is appropriate for a front yard garden, as well as how to make livable areas in a backyard. It also eschews mass-produced pavers, blocks, and garden art in favor of attractive and functional walkways and entrances to the home and garage that emphasize natural elements as part of the construction. Instructive before-and-after shots of home landscape makeovers illustrate how a drab landscape can be beautifully and logically improved to reflect the owners’ needs and tastes while adding zest and value to the home.
George Kay has been a landscape designer for more than 20 years and is the founder of landscape design firm George Kay & Associates. He is a two-time recipient of a merit award from the American Association of Nurserymen. He is the author of Landscape Plans and the coauthor of Bonsai and the Japanese Garden. He lives in Geneva, Illinois. Brian Kay is a registered landscape architect. He has worked for several landscape design firms and is currently with George Kay & Associates. He lives in Geneva, Illinois. Jennifer Derryberry Mann is a freelance writer, editor, and web content consultant to horticulture businesses. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Fit Pregnancy, Modern Bride Connection, Pregnancy, and Spirituality & Health magazines. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
08-14-2008 12:36 PM
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In an article in the Washington Post on June 28, 2008, Professor Joel M. Lerner, president of Environmental Design in Capitol View Park, MD wrote:
"Yard and Garden Makeovers" by George Kay, Brian Kay and Jennifer Derryberry Mann, offers the elements needed for a comprehensive landscape design. Father and son are practicing landscape architects and Mann combines their theories to present the logic of landscape design in a simple fashion that amateur and landscape professionals can use to create beautiful gardens. The foundation for their guidelines is broken into eight parts, with an emphasis on keeping landscape design simple and logical. They suggest focusing on basic principles of design, site assessment, entries, back yards, harmony and style of master plan. Tips are offered for working with professionals to complete designs. There are ideas for garden structures and plants, as well as criteria for drainage, drafting, permitting, surveys and other necessary steps. There are more than 100 color photographs in this 162-page hardcover, with full-color landscape designs. (Ball Publishing, 2008, $39.95.)