Botany for Designers: A Practical Guide for Landscape Architects and Other Professionals (Hardback)Kimberly Duffy Turner (author)
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What do you need to know about how plants grow and function? How can you determine appropriate plants for a particular site? How can you use their distinct design features effectively? What are the real design considerations to keep in mind?
This book-a Botany 101 course for professionals and students alike-walks you through all the answers, equipping you with the ability to be not just an informed landscape designer but also an effective planting designer.
Kimberly Duffy Turner, a landscape architect and horticulturalist, explains the essentials of planting design, exploring form and function and showing how various characteristics of plants and trees-shape, pigment, leaf veination, texture, fragrance, sound, height, and more-can be used to achieve effective site-appropriate designs. Specifying appropriate plant material and examining stock at the nursery-drawing up a planting schedule of the species or cultivar, sizes, and quantities-and evaluating modes of transplantation (when to ask for bare root, balled and burlapped, or containerized) are other key "on-the-job" concepts covered.
A chapter on green design outlines some of the sustainable trends in botany: the role of LEED certification in landscape design; mitigating environmental problems with plants and open space; the emergence of green roofs and vertical gardens; biomimicry; and sensitive material selection, like composite wood products and plant-derived, soy-based paints. Both a handy appendix of common Latin and Greek terms used in horticulture and a comprehensive list of plant palettes are included.
With more than 150 color photographs and schematic drawings illustrating key strategies, Botany for Designers is the professional's go-to guide, showing you how an appreciation of plant fundamentals can lead to more inspired, well-designed landscapes.
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 840 g
Dimensions: 244 x 193 x 23 mm
"[A] real page-turner for anyone in the biz. A comprehensive reference of all the basics-from nomenclature and plant classification to cultural requirements and plant anatomy." -- Architectural Digest, ShopAD.net
"Turner passes on her plant knowledge in a sympathetic and non-patronizing way . . . . [R]ecommended to students and established designers who might need to expand their understanding of botany or brush up on concepts half-learned at an earlier stage in their careers." -- Garden Design Academy (UK)
"Turner has written a highly accessible book that could be used by any design professional or even a layperson . . . . [A]ttractive as it is informative. Thanks to this book, designers understanding and working with plants can maintain a beautiful, sustainable partnership!" -- The Statement - by Wilsonart
"[A] useful reference book for design students and equally valuable for designers needing to brush up on their botany." -- Gardens Illustrated
"[E]asy and informative, with practically every sentence or paragraph showing how botanical principles apply to landscape design." -- Green Places