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by Andreas Reimann,Yan Nascimbene,Mark Francis

The beauty, resources, and natural processes of the California landscape are brought to the home garden in Mark Francis and Andreas Reimann's fine testament to ecological gardening. The authors connect history, culture, region, and design to help us understand how California and its human population have evolved historically and how individuals today can make a difference in the state's future in their own backyards. The authors' goal is to bring the history of the California garden up to date with the ecological and cultural concerns of our time.Francis and Reimann use California's natural beauty and habitat as a starting point for inspiring Californians to see their gardens as extensions of the surrounding landscape. They provide essential information on native plants and wildlife, ecology and bioregionalism, landscape history and design concepts, as well as numerous examples showing how to integrate environmental principles in one's garden.Landscape meaning and regional thinking are an important part of an ecosystem approach to home gardening, say the authors. By observing nearby native or naturalized environments, including vacant lots and abandoned property, one learns a good deal about local plants, wildlife, and other elements that can be incorporated into an ecologically sensitive garden.Yan Nascimbene's exquisite color illustrations perfectly capture the authors' sensual vision of an environment different from gardens commonly featured in gardening books and magazines. Photographs illustrate the designs of many of the best landscape architects working in the tradition of the California landscape garden, including Ron Lutsko, Topher Delaney, Owen Dell, Ann Christoph, and Rick Fisher. This is a book for anyone seeking a garden philosophy that is environmentally sensitive, and even experienced home gardeners, landscape professionals, and horticulturists will find new and useful material here.
Download The California Landscape Garden: Ecology, Culture, and Design epub
ISBN: 0520214501
ISBN13: 978-0520214507
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Architecture
Author: Andreas Reimann,Yan Nascimbene,Mark Francis
Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (June 22, 1999)
Pages: 254 pages
ePUB size: 1760 kb
FB2 size: 1577 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 342
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Francis and Reimann have covered all bases of native landscaping in this fine statement of integral composition. A sensitive awareness of local and regional native flora/fauna
should govern choices of construction materials to plant selection for a harmonic flow and consistency between the untouched native environs to the project site for a "....sense
of connection with the larger harmonies of the biosphere..." (Page 36, quoted from William Carney).

The book includes lists of regional native flora and fauna- birds, animals, insects, amphibians, etc. and many resources for further information- books, native landscape architects, plant nurseries, and many illustrations including demonstration gardens.

This book is a must for all those interested in incorporating native plants into their landscape, especially architects, builders and landscape designers who want to learn about beautiful and environmentally beneficial native plants.
This book manages to be both inspirational and incredibly informative at the same time. The book integrates principles of native landscaping, sustainable design, habitat restoration, and traditional garden design. It also provides rich details about many of California's plant communities and wildlife species.

While the authors strongly advocate for sustainable practices, I found the book refreshingly non-dogmatic. For example, they say it's fine to incorporate non-native species into your garden; they even recognize the value of lawns.

I only wish the book had more and larger photos. As I read about all the amazing plants and landscapes the authors discussed, it would have been nice to see what they were writing about.
Useful information.