Ann Lovejoy’s Organic Garden Design School (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book)

Ann Lovejoy’s Organic Garden Design School (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book)

This new paperback edition of Ann Lovejoy’s spectacular organic gardening book brings a lifetime’s worth of experience and knowledge from one of this country’s leading gardening experts. In it she shows readers how to apply her organic design principles to any site, large or small, to create healthy, self-sufficient gardens that are easy to care for, ecologically sound, and enduringly beautiful.
West Coast gardening guru Ann Lovejoy has gained a significant following, and deservedly so–she

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  1. W. Oliver says:

    Review by W. Oliver for Ann Lovejoy’s Organic Garden Design School (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book)
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    The author teaches garden design classes near Seattle, Washington and shares her outlines here. She is a strong advocate of naturalistic gardening and encourages gardeners to seek out the native plants growing in their particular area and use them to their greatest advantage in an entirely organic way. She begins by discussing the principles of design with the “five senses of the garden” (welcome, enclosure, entry, flow, and place) and continues with other design principles such as “green architecture” (elements of the garden such as plants and structures), creating natural backdrops, “sandwich gardening” (intermingling plants in the same location), and using combinations and vignettes. Other informative sections focus on paths and walkways, layering plants to scale, and problem-solving. Helpful charts list specific plants for certain situations. The last third of the book focuses on maintenance and offers clearcut advice and instructions on mulching, composting, etc. Included at the end of the volume is a 34-page workbook for readers to list plant choices, set goals, and create their own garden plan.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Review by for Ann Lovejoy’s Organic Garden Design School (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book)
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    Since I’m currently resolved to redesign my yard in the interests of increasing its ecological value and decreasing required maintenance, this “organic garden design school” SEEMED like the perfect book for me. And there is a lot of good information in here, about design considerations, planting tips, etc, some of which I’ve found nowhere else, and which have made the book worthwhile to me. HOWEVER, winnowing that information from the book was not very easy. Though the title suggests this is a textbook, it is really a long series of 1- or 2-page rambles about one or another aspect of the author’s experience gardening her own yard (and one other yard). This work is poorly edited and organized, and there is a huge emphasis on just those two examples of garden design. To apply the lessons of this book myself, I needed more than anecdotes from two situations unlike my own. I needed some generally stated design principles, as well as some very specific techniques (e.g. how to build raised beds like the author’s). While this information is in there, and some of it is quite illuminating, those gems occur nearly randomly within the 1- or 2-page rambles. If the book was titled something like “Design Thoughts,” perhaps I wouldn’t be so disappointed, but a “school” and a “guide,” with all the clarity those words suggest, this book is not. A workbook section at the end of the book makes up for this by finally providing the reader with a definite guide for action. But it would have been a much more of a “school” and a “guide” if the workbook had been integrated into the chapters, rather than tacked on at the end.

  3. Midwest Book Review says:

    Review by Midwest Book Review for Ann Lovejoy’s Organic Garden Design School (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book)
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    Create a beautiful and easy organic garden with the aid of Organic Garden Design School, a design-oriented book which covers topics ranging from linking cultivation efforts to the natural environment offered to using colors and textures in the garden. Using space wisely, choosing native plants, and creating a garden mood are all covered in an excellent guide for all gardening levels.

  4. Susan A. Hurst says:

    Review by Susan A. Hurst for Ann Lovejoy’s Organic Garden Design School (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book)
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    Some people wander into this book expecting it to be all about organic gardening techniques, but the title should be their first clue–it’s about design. However, it is design that integrates organic technique. Ann has a gift for teaching, and for creating clear explanations. I’ve referenced her book in many garden talks. Yes, she gardens in the Pacific Northwest, but I this is not a book only for Northwest gardeners.

  5. J. Christian says:

    Review by J. Christian for Ann Lovejoy’s Organic Garden Design School (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book)
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    While this book is primarily for gardeners residing in the Pacific Northwest, there are many ideas that transplant to any geographic location. The design principles are universal. The book is very well organized, beautifully illustrated and provides specific information regarding real world situations so that it avoids generic gardening platitudes more typically found in gardening books. This inspiring book is a must for every serious home gardener; I promise that you’ll be glad you have it in your library.

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