Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

Books in landscape architecture depict the knowledge of designing landmarks, public areas to get aesthetic outcomes. In addition, it helps landscape architects to learn about the systemic investigation of the ecology, soil condition, and other factors of landscapes. It also covers site planning, stormwater management, parks and recreation planning, and landmarks and green belts restoration. Furthermore, visual resource management, resident landscape planning and design, and green infrastructure planning are also discussed in this genre. Besides, It might also include photographs of famous landscape architecture work. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Landscape Architecture.

1. Patina Homes

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

Patina style imbues Giannetti client homes in a variety of architectural styles. For anyone who has loved the Giannetti books about Patina Farm, this book continues the aesthetic in a variety of styles. Steve Giannetti?s architectural designs springboard from his image of ultimate beauty?a place where modern, classical and industrial elements merge to create a unique style with a modern sense of space and emotion drawn from history. His materials palette consists of wood, metal, and stone. His color palette is a chalky patina. Twelve varied homes?ranging from a modern desert glass box and a beachfront contemporary to a historic East Coast farmhouse and a Provencal-style home in California?show how Steve has used these themes to solve unique architectural challenges. Steve has collaborated with his wife, Brooke, as well as other designers on the various interiors.

  • Author: Steve Giannetti
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (April 20, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture
  • ISBN: 978-1423656845
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches


2. The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: The Essential Guide to Planting and Pruning Techniques, Third Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

“This practical guide is lush with clear, step-by-step advice.” — Real Simple Whether you are a new gardener or a green thumb, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden  is here to help you successfully plan, plant, and tend your garden. This hardworking guide includes thorough details on the essential practices of perennial care—included deadheading, pinching, and thinning—along with growing information for specific species and cultivars, on-trend garden design advice, a monthly planting and maintenance schedule, and details on native plants and gardening for wildlife.  The Well-Tended Perennial Garden  will be your ally in the quest for a beautiful, well-maintained garden.

  • Author: Tracy DiSabato-Aust
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Third Edition, Revised (February 22, 2017)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design
  • ISBN: 978-1604697070
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 10.4 inches


3. Planting the Natural Garden

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

“If the world of gardening has rock stars, Piet Oudolf qualifies as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Prince rolled into one.” — Gardenista The original publication of Planting the Natural Garden ushered in a revolution in landscape design: the New Perennial Movement. Spearheaded by internationally renowned designer Piet Oudolf, and incisively articulated by the late plantsman and designer Henk Gerritsen, it transformed private and public spaces with its emotionally resonant, naturalistic use of hardy perennials and grasses. Now this classic has been expanded and updated to include scores of new plants and combinations. Packed with practical information and visual inspiration, Planting the Natural Garden zeroes in on the New Perennial Movement’s power to move us, making its distinctive plant palette available to all. For enthusiasts of these vibrant landscapes, it is an essential text; for gardeners who love the dreamy moods and colors that Oudolf and Gerritsen celebrate, it’s the key to a magic kingdom of garden beauty.

  • Author: Piet Oudolf
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Illustrated edition (November 12, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture
  • ISBN: 978-1604699739
  • Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches


4. Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

Over the years, Japanese gardeners have fine-tuned a distinctive set of pruning techniques that coax out the essential characters of their garden trees, or niwaki . In this highly practical book, Western gardeners are encouraged to draw upon the techniques and sculpt their own garden trees to unique effect. After first discussing the principles that underpin the techniques, the author offers in-depth guidelines for shaping pines, azaleas, conifers, broadleaved evergreens, bamboos and deciduous trees. Throughout the text, step-by-step illustrations accompany the instructions, while abundant photographs and anecdotes bring the ideas surrounding niwaki vividly to life.

  • Author: Jake Hobson
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design
  • ISBN: 978-0881928358
  • Dimensions: 9.38 x 0.69 x 10.94 inches


5. The Architecture of Trees

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

"Any landscape architect worth their soil should pick up The Architecture of Trees , an all-encompassing atlas of all things tree-related."— The Architect's Newspaper A 2019 Oprah's Favorite Things Pick A gorgeous, large format volume that shows each hand-drawn illustration in stunning detail. The Architecture of Trees is the result of over twenty years of dedicated study by landscape architects Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi. This new edition preserves the original magnificent illustrations and text, translated into English for the first time. Features more than 550 exquisite quill-pen drawings of trees. Each of the 212 tree species are drawn to a scale of 1:100, with and without foliage. Complete with tables of seasonal color variation and projections of shadows cast during the hours of daylight and season by season, no other tree book contains such detailed and scientific drawings. A legendary and unsurpassed botanical masterwork. Considered a standard in many landscape architecture firms, the drawings, essays, and detailed charts are essential for large scale landscaping projects and a helpful tool for backyard renovations. Landscape designers will think in new ways about the effect of seasons and the time of day on trees, and anyone interested in nature and trees will be captivated by the stunning illustrations. "This book could be considered the Bible for tree lovers."— Western Art & Architecture An incredible book for anyone interested in trees: • An oversized, captivating coffee table book for lovers of art and nature illustrations • A helpful tree identification book with accurate drawings of trees and detailed looks at branches, leaves, and fruit • A reference for students of landscape architecture, botany, dendrology, architecture, and illustration

  • Author: Cesare Leonardi
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; Illustrated edition (March 26, 2019)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1616898069
  • Dimensions: 10.35 x 1.55 x 15.35 inches


6. Building Natural Ponds: Create a Clean, Algae-free Pond without Pumps, Filters, or Chemicals

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

Build a natural pond for wildlife, beauty, and quiet contemplation Typical backyard ponds are a complicated mess of pipes, pumps, filters, and nasty chemicals designed to adjust pH and keep algae at bay. Hardly the bucolic, natural ecosystem beloved by dragonflies, frogs, and songbirds. The antidote is a natural pond, free of hassle, cost, and complexity and designed as a fully functional ecosystem, ideal for biodiversity, swimming, irrigation, and quiet contemplation. Building Natural Ponds is the first step-by-step guide to designing and building natural ponds that use no pumps, filters, chemicals, or electricity and mimic native ponds in both aesthetics and functionality. Highly illustrated with how-to drawings and photographs, coverage includes: * Understanding pond ecosystems and natural algae control * Planning, design, siting, and pond aesthetics * Step-by-step guidance for construction, plants and fish, and maintenance and trouble shooting * Scaling up to large ponds, pools, bogs, and rain gardens. Whether you're a backyard gardener looking to add a small serene natural water feature or a homesteader with visions of a large pond for fish, swimming, and irrigation, Building Natural Ponds is the complete guide to building ponds in tune with nature, where plants, insects, and amphibians thrive in blissful serenity. Robert Pavlis , a Master Gardener with over 40 years of gardening experience, is owner and developer of Aspen Grove Gardens, a six-acre botanical garden featuring over 3,000 varieties of plants. A well-respected speaker and teacher, Robert is the author of Garden Myths , has published articles in Mother Earth News , Ontario Gardening magazine, the widely read blog, which explodes common gardening myths and gardening information site

  • Author: Robert Pavlis
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (April 7, 2017)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design
  • ISBN: 978-0865718456
  • Dimensions: 7.25 x 0.32 x 8.88 inches


7. The Midcentury Modern Landscape

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

The Midcentury Modern Landscape explores the origins of midcentury modern garden design for the home, revealing how designers at the time blurred the divisions between indoors and outdoors, creating gardens that were for living, a style that went on to inspire contemporary gardens around the world. The Midcentury Modern Landscape is a fresh guide for those seeking bold approaches to redefine their outdoor space, or wishing to learn more about the history of mid century modern aesthetics. Ethne Clarke is an award-winning journalist, former garden editor of Traditional Home, and contributing editor for House & Garden . Well-known as the author of a number of best-selling books on practical gardening, design and landscape history, she holds a Master of Philosophy from the faculty of Fine Art, De Montfort University, England. Her research has involved a close study of architectural history between the Arts and Crafts period and early Modernism, and this has been a guiding influence on the renovation of her house and garden in Colorado―a small midcentury modern ranch built in 1958.

  • Author: Ethne Clarke
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (October 3, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture
  • ISBN: 978-1423645801
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 10.3 inches


8. Contemporary Landscapes in Mixed Media

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

A great guide for painters who want to experiment with mixed media and make their landscape paintings more adventurous. Popular artist and teacher, Soraya French, encourages readers to experiment with mixing media and to create more adventurous paintings and broaden their artistic horizons. The media that Soraya uses in this book are acrylics, pastels and collage and she shows how to bring the best out of mixing these media with handy tips, some simple projects and several step-by-step demonstrations. Landscape, and the way it changes over the seasons, is the ideal subject for experimenting with different textural effects using mixed media. Contemporary Landscapes in Mixed Media is divided into four seasonal chapters, with each section dealing with the colours, shapes, patterns and textures particular to each season. There is information on mixing colours relevant to each season, as well as interesting ways of painting flowers and other details of nature, how to create exciting compositions, and how to add architectural aspects within the landscape. In some landscapes figures may be added in order to animate the composition and create a narrative. This practical and inspirational book will help and encourage the reader to explore the fascinating potential of mixed media and to adopt a freer attitude in their painting.

  • Author: Soraya French
  • Publisher: Batsford (September 5, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-1849943567
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.71 x 10 inches


9. The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook: How to Design and Build Swales, Dams, Ponds, and other Water Harvesting Systems

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

Maximize your water harvesting potential with efficient, cost-effective earthworks In the face of drought and desertification, well-designed, water harvesting earthworks such as swales, ponds, and dams are the most effective way to channel water into productive use. The result can be increased food production, higher groundwater levels, reduced irrigation needs, and enhanced ecosystem resilience. Yet, due to a lack of knowledge, designers, and landowners often build earthworks that are costly, inappropriately sized and sited, or even dangerous. The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook is the first dedicated, detailed guide to the proper design and construction of water harvesting earthworks. It covers the function, design, and construction methods for nine main types of water harvesting earthworks across a full range of climates. Coverage includes: Swales, ponds, dams, hugelkultur, net-and-pan systems, spate irrigation, and more Cost versus benefit of different earthworks Assessing site needs and suitability Soil types and hydrology Designing for maximum efficiency and lowest cost Risk assessment and safe construction Stacking functions and integrating earthworks into a design This practical handbook is the essential resource for permaculture designers, teachers and students, landowners, farmers, homesteaders, landscape architects, and others involved in maximizing the water harvesting potential of any landscape at the lowest cost and impact. Douglas Barnes is a permaculture designer trained in Australia by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He has designed and built earthworks in North America, Japan, and Andra Pradesh, India. He lives in Tweed, Ontario in a passive solar house he designed and built, and he blogs at

  • Author: Douglas Barnes
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (September 18, 2017)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0865718449
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.48 x 9 inches


10. The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Landscape Architecture - August 2021

“An informative and celebratory resource.” — Booklist   In this beautiful and empowering book, Jennifer Jewell—host of public radio’s award-winning program and podcast Cultivating Place —introduces 75 inspiring women. Working in wide-reaching fields that include botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice, these influencers are creating change from the ground up. Profiled women include flower farmer Erin Benzakein; codirector of Soul Fire Farm Leah Penniman; plantswoman Flora Grubb; edible and cultural landscape designer Leslie Bennett; Caribbean-American writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid; soil scientist Elaine Ingham; landscape designer Ariella Chezar; floral designer Amy Merrick, and many more. Rich with personal stories and insights, Jewell’s portraits reveal a devotion that transcends age, locale, and background, reminding us of the profound role of green growing things in our world—and our lives.

  • Author: Jennifer Jewell
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Illustrated edition (March 3, 2020)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 978-1604699029
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches