1st Edition

Planting Design
Connecting People and Place

ISBN 9781138026056
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
336 Pages 152 Color & 34 B/W Illustrations

USD $53.95

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Book Description

Landscape designers have long understood the use of plants to provide beauty, aesthetic pleasure and visual stimulation while supporting a broad range of functional goals. However, the potential for plants in the landscape to elicit human involvement and provide mental stimulation and restoration is much less well understood. 

This book meshes the art of planting design with an understanding of how humans respond to natural environments. Beginning with an understanding of human needs, preferences and responses to landscape, the author interprets the ways in which an understanding of the human-environment interaction can inform planting design. Many of the principles and techniques that may be used in planting design are beautifully illustrated in full colour with examples by leading landscape architects and designers from the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Asia, including:

  • Andrea Cochran, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, CA
  • Design Workshop Inc.
  • Richard Hartlage, Land Morphology, Seattle, WA
  • Shunmyo Masuno, Japan Landscape Consultants Ltd., Yokohama
  • Piet Oudolf, Hummelo, The Netherlands
  • Melody Redekop, Vancouver
  • Christine Ten Eyck, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects Inc., Austin, TX
  • Kongjian Yu, Turenscape Ltd., Beijing.

The book stimulates thought, provides new direction and assists the reader to find their own unique design voice. Because there are many valid processes and intentions for landscape design, the book is not intended to be overly prescriptive. Rather than presenting a strict design method and accompanying set of rules, Planting Design provides information, insight and inspiration as a basis for developing the individual designer’s own expression in this most challenging of art forms.

Table of Contents

1. The Preferred Landscape  2. The Restorative Landscape  3. Horticultural Considerations in Planting Design  4. Functional and Aesthetic Criteria in Planting Design  5. Space and Place  6. The Elements of Design  7. Color

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Patrick Mooney is an award-winning landscape architect who teaches at the University of British Columbia. He writes, lectures and consults in the areas of restorative landscapes, planting design and multi-functional urban landscapes that support biodiversity.


"Planting Design begins with a comprehensive overview of the scientific theories which explain why people have such strong emotional responses to nature. Dr. Mooney then distills this research into practical design principles that help us understand how our aesthetic preferences are formed through spatial structure, pattern, colour and light. This book validated many of the intuitive decisions I made over years of practice - it will be an interesting read as well as a source of inspiration for both the novice garden designer and the seasoned landscape architect." - Andrea Cochran, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture