* Prices may differ from that shown
After finishing my studies I wanted to learn something completely new to management/business studies. I spent a couple of hours on Amazon to find a book I am really interested in. I found loads of interesting books but as first I picked the Encyclopedia of Garden Design.
This book contains 360 pages on planning, building and planting your garden. The book was published by Dorling Kindersley Ltd in 2009. The editor-in-chief was Chris Young. As the book contains both pictures on ready made gardens, plans, plants, charts and descriptions loads of people worked on it. The book was prepared in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society.
This Encyclopedia is available widely. I bought my copy from Amazon for 14.24 pounds. Its full price is 25 pounds and when I was looking around I found it on offer only on Amazon.
After a short foreword by the editor you can read about how to design. This chapter presents you briefly the design types, shapes, colours, styles, etc. Then you can read about choosing a style: the main characteristics of the different garden types, all presented with photographs. Making a garden is a short chapter containing step-by-step guides on bringing your designs to life. The last chapter is the plant and materials guide. I think this is a very informative and key chapter. It contains loads of information about hundreds of plants and stones, woods and other garden building materials.
Being an economist gardening has really nothing to do with my current occupation and degrees. My parents have always had a garden and love working in the garden, so I spent loads of time with them working in the garden. I think it is very relaxing and when the work is finished you can sit on a chair with a glass of wine or a beer and admire the results of your hard work...
Does this book help you to become a garden designer? I think yes. It is an eye-opener: it covers all the areas you have to know in detail but as it is only 360 pages long it doesn't go in details enough to do garden designing on a professional level. It highlights the main areas so that you know what to investigate in details if you want to do garden design as a job. I love watching the beautiful pictures and the text of the book is very clear, simple, explains everything well.
I can't say this book is a page turner as some of the pictures are so stunning that I just spend long minutes on watching them. My thoughts are far away... my brain works on a plan...
I think this book is a brilliant present for someone who loves gardening and it is worth reading it if you want to make some changes in your garden. I think it is good value for money, highly recommended.