27 Books Every landscape Designer should Read

posted, 10/13/06
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 . . .

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

1 comment

  1. 3 comments:

    Carol said…

    Which of those books would you recommend to the average gardener?
    9:49 AM
    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!
    11:13 PM
    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???

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