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Desert Landscape Architecture

1st Edition

By John C. Krieg

CRC Press

656 pages

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This book provides an understanding of desert environments, their climatic conditions, and unique physical beauty - using the five American deserts of the southwestern United States as an example. Through considerable research, sensitivity, and practical experience, the author provides insight into how built environments are designed and installed in order to cope with the harsh, unforgiving physiographic area. Bridging the gap between professional jargon and common sense, Desert Landscape Architecture displays detailed information for every facet of landscape design, environmental concerns, water issues, cultural issues, and plant material use.

This unique, thorough book:

  • Provides information applicable to any desert region of the world

  • Supplies a plant compendium with extensive plant lists comprising more than 750 species

  • Examines desert flora and fauna as well as the fragile ecosystems they occupy

  • Reviews human use areas

  • Investigates grading from an aesthetic and practical standpoint

  • Explains the significance of adequate site drainage

  • Discusses schematic, preliminary, and working drawing plans

  • Lists types of site furnishings and their specific purposes

  • Describes how various hardscape elements are drawn and specified

  • Explains plant growth in detail

  • Discusses the dynamics of plant communities and their function in larger ecosystems

  • Reviews the factors affecting plant selection in the design process

  • Identifies desert planning zones

  • Emphasizes the critical nature of irrigation design in the desert landscape architecture - explaining it as an environmental necessity, not a technical issue

  • Outlines the basic principles of hydrology related to system design

  • Discusses water conservation and presents alternatives for reducing water consumption

  • Examines types of light and suitable applications

  • Describes lighting design concepts and explores how lighting is graphically depicted on plans

  • Examines the role of initial programming for the success of the project

  • Describes project bidding and field observation process

  • Reviews maintenance components such as pruning and fertilization

    List of plates include:

    World Deserts and Geography

    North American Deserts

    Southwest U.S. Deserts

    Design Process

    Design Elements

    Solar Orientation

    Contour Interpretation


    Drainage Structures

    Roadway Design

    The Outdoor Room

    Human Dimensions

    Water Features

    Tree Physiology

    Plant Physiology

    Plant Reproduction

    Plant Orders

    Micro Planting Zones

    Macro Planting Zones Native Vegetation

    Backflow Prevention

    Conventional System Equipment

    Emitter System Equipment

    Electrical Components

    Lighting Techniques

    Tree Maintenance

    Shrub Maintenance

  • Reviews

    "…truly encyclopedic in nature…I'm overwhelmed by the scope and depth in which you have covered the subject. This book will take a place of honor on my bookshelf, and be referred to quite often. a reference work that will have an important place in horticulture publishing for many, many, years to come."-William C. Uber, Van Ness Water Gardens

    "A tremendous source of detailed information for landscape architects, students, contractors, developers, and home gardeners in pursuit of desert excellence. The author has gathered a deep well of information from his own landscape design…and from his astute awareness of important details. This dedicated book provides answers to many questions."

    - Eric A. Johnson, from the Foreword

    Table of Contents


    North American Deserts

    Landscape Architectural Design

    Grading Design

    Hardscape Design

    Plant Materials and Planting Design

    Plant Compendium

    Irrigation Design

    Lighting Design

    Installation and Maintenance





    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    NATURE / Ecology
    SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General