Planting in a Post-Wild World

Author(s): Thomas Rainer & Claudia West

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This groundbreaking guide presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture - designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, two leading voices in ecological landscape design, reveal how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, Planting in a Post-Wild World is an optimistic manifesto pointing the way to the future of planting design.


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A richly illustrated and comprehensive guide to creating ecologically healthy landscapes that emulate nature from two of the leading names in landscape architecture.

"In "Planting in a Post-Wild World," Rainer and West describe how to translate natural plant relationships and ecological patterns into aesthetically pleasing yet functional landscapes. With their advice we can change gardening from an adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one. Expertly researched, and rife with witty advice, this is the universal how-to guide to sustainable landscaping we have all been waiting for. A masterful accomplishment! --Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home" and "The Living Landscape" A real-world guide for creating beautiful, ecologically connected landscapes. There is not a designer or property owner that would not benefit from their approach. --Larry Weaner, APLD, founder of New Directions in the American Landscape A useful and thorough guide to ecologically oriented designers. --"Metropolis""This lavishly illustrated manifesto...applies broadly, to everything from water features to rooftops and vast acreages to urban backyards. Using detailed examples and simple graphics, Rainer and West make a convincing case for rethinking our relationship to plant design. --"Architectural Digest Online" A beautifully written and illustrated guide to how we should be designing our landscapes from now on out Thank heavens someone has finally written this book. --"Root Simple "" Thomas Rainer and Claudia West s new book offers strategies for more resilient, self-sustaining landscapes, especially welcome after our drought-plagued summer The gardens in the book are compelling in a more naturalistic, wilder way than typical beds and borders the advice on creating harmonious communities of plants suited to the conditions where you live transcend style. --"Pacific Northwest Magazine" ["Planting in a Post-Wild World"] inspires us to design plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. It also instructs how to manage them, not doing painstaking and often impractical garden maintenance, plant by plant, as in traditional horticulture. --Margaret Roach, "A Way to Garden" A groundbreaking guide that lays out an alternative to traditional horticulture: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. As practical as it is poetic, theirs is an optimistic call to action. --"Chicago Tribune" We have driven nature out of our cities but this need not be a one-way ticket. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, two leading voices in ecological landscape design, present an optimistic call-to-action dedicated to the idea of a new nature a hybrid of the wild and the cultivated that can flourish in cities and suburbs. The authors speak with conviction and authority, and offer a practical blueprint for the future. --"The English Garden "" The book is a guide, an inspiration, and essential reading for anyone interested in sustainable design. --"Garden Design Online " "Planting in a Post-Wild World" is an important book. It has potential to change the way we make gardens and landscapes This is a how-to book that leaves other how-to books in the dust; I found it hard to put down It offers a clear, thought-provoking and pleasurable reading experience, and step-by-step advice to achieving a garden or landscape that may offer more than you ever thought possible. --"thinkinGardens""

General Fields

  • : 9781604695533
  • : Timber Press, Incorporated
  • : Timber Press, Incorporated
  • : 1.134
  • : September 2015
  • : 254mm X 216mm X 25mm
  • : United States
  • : January 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Thomas Rainer & Claudia West
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 635.9
  • : 316
  • : 313 colour photographs