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Large format, printed on 140lb matte finished art stock, all photos and graphics spot-varnished for maximum vibrancy
GARDENS OF THE HIGH
LINE: ELEVATING THE NATURE OF MODERN LANDSCAPES
Gardens of the High Line, by Piet Oudolf and Rick Darke, offers an in-depth view into the conceptual origins, planting designs, plant palette, and stewardship of this landmark achievement. It reveals a series of multi-season gardens that owe their vibrancy to dynamic communities of responsibly chosen native and introduced plants. It also offers insights and inspiration for gardeners and garden designers looking to recreate its iconic, naturalistic aesthetic and to adopt its progressive management strategies. Featuring stunning photographs by Rick Darke and an introduction by Robert Hammond, the founder of the Friends of the High Line, this large-trim, photo-driven book is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the nature - the essential character - of design.
durable softcover, 320 pages, over 300 photographs
8.8 x 1.1 x 11.9 inches
ISBN-10 1604696990 ISBN-13 978-1604696998
List price 40.00 USD
wholly enchanting celebration of the
transformation of one sliver of urban industrial
landscape.” (Booklist starred review)
“For those of us who don't live in New York City or can't visit it throughout the year, one of the things the book captures so beautifully is what the High Line looks like through the seasons and the different ways people use it and respond to it. It's culture on top of wildness on top of culture.” (Jennifer Jewell, host of NPR's Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden)
“If you can't get to the High Line, this image-rich publication is the next best thing. In some ways it's better, because its pictures bring home the seasonality of the plants, which ebb and flow from month to month.” (Adrian Higgins, The Washington Post)
"Lavishly illustrated." (Mother Nature Network)
click here for a publicity image of Tallamy and Darke in front of a venerable red oak in Easton, Maryland
THE LIVING LANDSCAPE
Douglas W. Tallamy's award-winning Bringing Nature Home revealed the pressing need for a biodiverse home landscape. In a gorgeously illustrated, inspirational, and practical way, The Living Landscape supports this message by showing gardeners how to make it happen.This collaboration between Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy greatly expands on Darke's American Woodland Garden and The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition, and Tallamy's Bringing Nature Home to present an inclusive vision of the vital roles native plants can play in beautiful, ecologically sound and broadly functional residential landscape design. Drawing from first-hand experience and research in wild habitats and diverse gardens, the authors employ five hundred photos and over sixty thousand words to detail their approach and strategies for creating richly layered landscapes that sustain both humans and wildlife. The Living Landscape is organized by chapters on Layers in Wild Landscapes, The Community of Living Organisms, The Ecological Functions of Gardens, The Art of Observation, and Applying Layers to the Home Garden.
392 pp, 8.5 x
10.0", hardcover, over 500 color photos. List
“This thoughtful, intelligent book is all about connectivity, addressing a natural world in which we are the primary influence.” (New York Times Book Review)
“The authors walk us through and help us understand the layered landscape, something that so many gardeners don’t address, consider, or even know to think about. It’s a gem!” (Pat Sutton, Director of Wild Ones)
fascinating and beautiful book on
creating gardens for wildlife."
give meaningful definition to the idea of
biodiversity... the book offers guidance for
creating beautiful landscapes that will be
durable and ‘support life without sacrificing
aesthetics." (Publisher's Weekly)
insights on beauty and biodiversity, plants and
pollinators, and new design strategies for
personal gardens both large and small." (Talbot
Darke proves that Robinson's groundbreaking
vision of the wild garden is a model for truly
- Cole Burrell, Garden designer and author
new edition is two books in one, and a handsome
volume at that. Henry Mitchell said it all
when he claimed gardeners owe all to William
Robinson. We do, and this book is the perfect
way to appreciate that statement"
- Mary Keen, in BBC's Gardens Illustrated,
THE WILD GARDEN:
360 pp, 8.5 x
8.5", hardcover, 112 color photos, 4 b/w photos, 3
color paintings, 96 lithographic
illustrations. November 2009 List price
Read the American Library Association review in Booklist
378 pp, 10 x 11",
hardcover, 738 color photos, 4 color charts, 2 line
drawings. August 2002 List price $49.95.00
ISBN: 0-88192-545-4 Timber Press, Portland,
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF
GRASSES FOR LIVABLE LANDSCAPES
Publisher's description: "In this new book noted grass expert and advocate Rick Darke addresses both the aesthetic qualities of grasses in private gardens and the opportunities and challenges of using them in wild and constructed public landscapes. All the true grasses, sedges, rushes, restios, and cattails that possess ornamental merit or that can contribute to ecological plantings are described, and practical matters of propagation, growth, and maintenance are also covered. More than 1000 stunning photographs show details of individual plants and hundreds of gardens and landscapes in which grasses play a prominent part. This worthy successor to The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses is a new type of design reference that sets a standard for inspired, sustainable use of grasses."
484 pp, 10 x 11" (280 x 255mm), hardcover, 1046 color photos, 10 line drawings, 2 color maps. March 2007 List price $59.95.00 ISBN-13: 9780881928174 ISBN-10: 0881928178 Timber Press, Portland, Oregon
addtion to multi-city lectures in the USA, Rick
Darke launched this new book at the Royal
Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show in London,
May 2007 from the Gold Medal Award-winning Knoll Gardens stand.
PRESS POCKET GUIDE TO ORNAMENTAL GRASSES
|IN HARMONY WITH NATURE: LESSONS FROM THE ARTS
& CRAFTS GARDEN
Publisher's description: With text and photography by Rick Darke, this full-color book highlights magnificently preserved or restored Arts and Crafts gardens in both England and North America, discussing the philosophy that informed their design and the place they hold within the movement. The Arts and Crafts landscape aesthetic is interpreted for today's gardeners, allowing them to incorporate the simplicity and harmony that distinguishes the style into their own outdoor spaces. The book details specific ways readers can bring Arts and Crafts elements to their homes and gardens, such as including pergolas that effectively link house and garden or by planting native species that add a compelling sense of place. Part Three: Arts and Crafts Gardens Across America provides unique and thorough coverage of Arts & Crafts people and places in North America, including Gustav Stickley, Henry Chapman Mercer, Rose Valley, Greene & Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Bok Tower Gardens. 10" x 11 1/4", 160 pages, full color throughout. Softcover (currently unavailable new) list price $19.95. ISBN: 1586632183 ©2001 Michael Friedman Publishing Group Inc. Hardcover (currently unavailable new) list price $35.00 ISBN: 1567999042 ©2000 Michael Friedman Publishing Group Inc.
Readers interested in the Arts & Crafts Movement will find a wealth of new inspiration in The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition from Timber Press.
"This book is a model when it comes to the encyclopedic portraiture of plants"
New York Times June 6, 1999
|THE RHS MANUAL OF GRASSES
Consultant Editor: Rick Darke Series Editor: Mark Griffiths
Based on the Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening, this volume describes grasses, sedges, and bamboos in authoritative detail, documenting their natural history and providing complete descriptions and cultural information. It contains all the information from the R.H.S. Dictionary plus more, with superb line drawings. 220pp., 30 line drawings, 6 X 9 1/2", hardcover, ISBN 0-88192-300-1 ©1995 Timber Press Inc. $39.95
GARDEN: ORNAMENTAL GRASSES
A design-oriented introduction to ornamental grasses. Full color photographs explain the unique beauty and merits of grasses and portray their inspired use in gardens. ISBN: 1-56799-323-0 ©1994, 1997 Michael Friedman Publishing Group Inc. 72pp. (no longer available)
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