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 . . .
Which of those books would you recommend to the average gardener?
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!
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???