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Michael King is a garden designer, photographer, and author who runs a garden advice bureau from Amsterdam. He is constantly evaluating new garden perennials and new ideas in landscape and garden design, and his ongoing areas of research include the latest trends in planting design and the introduction of garden worthy perennials. A British native, he became immersed in his lifelong passion for gardens and plantsmanship while working at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as secretary to the board of trustees. In addition to designing gardens, he has written many articles on plants and planting design and is the author of five books. Piet Oudolf is a native of Holland and originally studied to be an architect. Instead of designing buildings he became the founder of New Wave planting, a movement which takes inspiration from nature but employs artistic skill in creating planting schemes. As a plantsman, his aim is to emphasize the form, texture, and natural harmony of plants, and as a skilled plant breeder, he creates new varieties for these and other specific design purposes. His style is the result of the influence of various horticultural traditions such as the combination of Dutch formality and naturalistic planting styles. Oudolf has designed gardens in Holland and Germany, and a public park in Sweden. In the UK , he has created a much-publicized garden in Hampshire and is about to embark on a wildlife park in Norfolk. His own garden and nursery, opened with his wife in 1982 near Arnhem, Holland, has become world-famous. It has appeared in magazines such as Gardens Illustrated, House and Garden, The Independent, Perspectives, and Maire Claire Maison. Oudolf is also the subject of a chapter in Page Dickey's book, Breaking Ground, which profiles ten of the world's foremost contemporary garden designers. He collaborated with garden designer Arne Maynard to create the garden showpiece "Evolution", which was awarded the illustrious Best in Show and a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show 2000. Oudolf also partnered in 2000 with Kathryn Gustafson's design team from Seattle, WA to win the design competition for the monumental Millenium Garden, the new focal point for the heart of Chicago.

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The book is at the forefront of the new naturalistic planting trends, and with abundant colour photographs, it provides visual inspiration and new ideas. Gardens Illustrated 19980101 This is truly finesse gardening made attainable by anyone who chooses to try. Bloomsbury Review 19980201 Abundant and well-labeled photographs suggest pleasing plant combinations... The authors' enthusiasm is contagious. Publishers Weekly 19980301 Extravagant pictures, explanatory text, and enough descriptions of different grasses so you can make choices rather than playing plant by numbers. -- Judy Glattstein Home Monthly 19980301 One of the most inspiring garden plant and design books to come out of the growing interest in naturalistic gardening. ... Also an excellent reference for the ornamental grass gardener. The photographs and text are far superior to most other gardening books in this price range. ... The best book on designing with grasses to own at this time. -- Brian Maynard HortScience 20000401 Great photos and helpful descriptions. -- Jennifer Brennan Weedpatch Gazette 19980201 This book is a "must" for any serious gardener's bookshelf. -- Max Davidson St. John's Express 19980201 Michael King and Piet Oudolf have thought deeply about the appeal of their favorite grasses, and it shows in the photography, which is their own. They have given special consideration to the question of cominations of grasses with flowering perennials, a topic on which they are utterly inspiring. -- Allen Lacy Homeground 19980201 Loaded with ideas on using native and exotic grasses in a mixed border. Green Scene 19980901 A spectacular graminoid book. Taxon 19980501 Shows us how to use these graceful plants with flair and intelligence. ... It will be the rare gardener who comes away from Gardening with Grasses without a determination to make his or her garden a grassier place. -- Thomas Fischer Horticulture 19980201 These two internationally recognized design experts on uses for grasses have teamed up to provide readers with inspiring photographs, detailed information on over 150 varieties and cultivars appropriate for a wide range of garden situations. This is one of the most inspiring books to come out of new naturalistic gardening and an invaluable reference work. Listing of Common names and Botanical names is an added plus! -- Bob Hornback Pacific Horticulture 19980201 For some thoughtful guidance and solid advice on both aspects of growing ornamental grasses, you could do no better than pick up a copy of Gardening with Grasses. -- Ethel Fried Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer 19981102 Very attractive, well written well organized and useful book. Vineyard Gazette 19990108 Their designs are represented by beautiful photographs and clear descriptions... If you have been afraid to try grasses in your landscape, this book will give you inspiration and direction. Hobby Greenhouse 19990201 This superlative book delves into the design qualities grasses possess and how to use them for various effects in the garden. This book should be required reading before purchasing your next grass. -- Gary Keim Hybrid 20000316 Full of design ideas and good pictures ... An excellent resource for readers who already have a good grounding in gardening. Log Homes Illustrated 20000602 The writers have such a fresh and inspiring approach that it is easy to be caught up in their obvious enthusiasm for their subject. -- Coni Tarquini Hardy Plant 20011110 An excellent design-oriented book on using grasses as the mainstay of the home garden. -- Lillie Dorchak Hunterdon County Democrat 20011220 The essential reference book on the subject. Wisley Bookshop 20020528

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