27 Books Every landscape Designer should Read

posted, 10/13/06
Ta-da! A blog post with a list. I believe this is my second post with a list . . . the 1st was about Viburnums. Anyway as requested here you go. Happy reading.

This is my partial book list that I think every Professional Landscape designer should have/read:

  • Gardens are for People, by Thomas Church
  • Natural Pattern Forms, by Richard Dube’
  • The Zen of Seeing, by Frederick Franck
  • The Tao of Architecture, by Amos Ih Tiao Chang
  • Space and Illusion, by Teiji Itoh
  • Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens, by David Slawson
  • Siftings, by Jans Jensen
  • Isamu Noguchi “Space of Akari & Stone, Chronicle Books
  • In the Company of Stone, by Dan Snow
  • Drawing and Designing with Confidence, by Mike Lin
  • The Inward Gardener, by Julie Messervy
  • Designing with Plants, by Piet Oudolf
  • The Landscape of Man, by Geoffery and Susan Jellicoe
  • Creative Gardens, by James Rose
  • Residential Landscape Architecture, by Booth and Hiss
  • Architecture in the Garden, by James Van Sweden
  • Gardens by Design, by Noel Kingsbury
  • Planting the Natural Garden, by Piet Oudolf
  • Introduction to the Study of Landscape Design, by hubbard and Kimball
  • Noguchi “East and West, by Dore Ashton
  • The Golden Bough, by Sir James George Frazier
  • As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen
  • Who moved my Cheese, by Spencer Johnson
  • Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Mike Dirr
  • The Native Plant Primer, by Carole Ottesen
  • Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing, by Frederick Franck
  • From Concept to From in Landscape Design, by Grant Reid

This is only part of what is in my library. I have suggested every one of these books because they have made a difference in my professional career. I know that I am missing a few from this list and when I figure out which ones, I will post those also.

Props to Victoria Scott at Mississippi State for prompting me to write this list. I hope it will be as helpful to you and all other students who want to enter such a great field has they have (and will continue to be) for me.

Have something you think I should read, or a comment on the above list, let me know . . .

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One response to “27 Books Every landscape Designer should Read

  1. 3 comments:

    Carol said…

    Which of those books would you recommend to the average gardener?
    9:49 AM
    Hanna in Cleveland said…

    Wow! That’s a lot of reading. Good thing the summer is over and I will have some free time.

    Thanks for sharing!
    11:13 PM
    Rick Anderson said…

    Carol, that is actually a difficult question to answer-very difficult.

    A lot of what you would be interested in reading depends so much on what type of gardener you are. I’d have to know where your interest are.

    Maybe a garden fanatic will stop in here and offer a suggestion.

    Hanna; have you beent to the bookstore or Amazon yet???

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