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Planting in a Post-Wild World
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This groundbreaking guide presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture - designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, two leading voices in ecological landscape design, reveal how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, Planting in a Post-Wild World is an optimistic manifesto pointing the way to the future of planting design.
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A richly illustrated and comprehensive guide to creating ecologically healthy landscapes that emulate nature from two of the leading names in landscape architecture.

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"In "Planting in a Post-Wild World," Rainer and West describe how to translate natural plant relationships and ecological patterns into aesthetically pleasing yet functional landscapes. With their advice we can change gardening from an adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one. Expertly researched, and rife with witty advice, this is the universal how-to guide to sustainable landscaping we have all been waiting for. A masterful accomplishment! --Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home" and "The Living Landscape" A real-world guide for creating beautiful, ecologically connected landscapes. There is not a designer or property owner that would not benefit from their approach. --Larry Weaner, APLD, founder of New Directions in the American Landscape A useful and thorough guide to ecologically oriented designers. --"Metropolis""This lavishly illustrated manifesto...applies broadly, to everything from water features to rooftops and vast acreages to urban backyards. Using detailed examples and simple graphics, Rainer and West make a convincing case for rethinking our relationship to plant design. --"Architectural Digest Online" A beautifully written and illustrated guide to how we should be designing our landscapes from now on out Thank heavens someone has finally written this book. --"Root Simple "" Thomas Rainer and Claudia West s new book offers strategies for more resilient, self-sustaining landscapes, especially welcome after our drought-plagued summer The gardens in the book are compelling in a more naturalistic, wilder way than typical beds and borders the advice on creating harmonious communities of plants suited to the conditions where you live transcend style. --"Pacific Northwest Magazine" ["Planting in a Post-Wild World"] inspires us to design plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. It also instructs how to manage them, not doing painstaking and often impractical garden maintenance, plant by plant, as in traditional horticulture. --Margaret Roach, "A Way to Garden" A groundbreaking guide that lays out an alternative to traditional horticulture: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. As practical as it is poetic, theirs is an optimistic call to action. --"Chicago Tribune" We have driven nature out of our cities but this need not be a one-way ticket. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, two leading voices in ecological landscape design, present an optimistic call-to-action dedicated to the idea of a new nature a hybrid of the wild and the cultivated that can flourish in cities and suburbs. The authors speak with conviction and authority, and offer a practical blueprint for the future. --"The English Garden "" The book is a guide, an inspiration, and essential reading for anyone interested in sustainable design. --"Garden Design Online " "Planting in a Post-Wild World" is an important book. It has potential to change the way we make gardens and landscapes This is a how-to book that leaves other how-to books in the dust; I found it hard to put down It offers a clear, thought-provoking and pleasurable reading experience, and step-by-step advice to achieving a garden or landscape that may offer more than you ever thought possible. --"thinkinGardens" Few books have the power to inspire your design sense, ignite your plant passion, and resonate with your ecological moral compass. "Planting in a Post-Wild World" is such a book. --"Ecological Landscape Alliance ""Going beyond explaining how to use plant communities as the basic building blocks of design, Rainer's lyrical, passionate and persuasive writing could convince even the most skeptical that it s the right thing to do. --"Gardens Illustrated " Most garden books simply confirm or amplify what we already know and like about horticulture, but this intelligent and thought-provoking book by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West is the rare exception. Other writers have suggested basing garden designs on the plant communities that thrive in the wild, but this may be the first time the theory and execution of this idea has been laid out so neatly. --"Country Gardens " A ground-breaking guide to creating a garden that is resilient and beautiful. --"Sunday Telegraph" An excellently written, wonderfully illustrated guide to designing, planting, and managing plant installations The book will interest landscape architects and horticulturalists as well as more casual home gardeners. --"Choice" There is much to love, admire, and learn from in this new book. West and Rainer approach the design of landscapes in a totally refreshing way viewing the design process as the creation of a thriving and rich plant community, rather than one focused on the selection and placement of individual species This is a special book well worth reading and using as a primer for new landscaping practices. --"Grow Native Massachusetts " With a changing climate and sustainability being the buzzword of the day, this book gives readers an in-depth appreciation of what it takes to understand complex planting and how to accomplish it "Planting in a Post-Wild World "is a must-buy for landscape architects and professional garden designers and is sure to become a dog-eared reference to be kept close at hand. --"Pacific Horticulture"" "This is the universal how-to guide to sustainable landscaping we have all been waiting for. A masterful accomplishment!" --Doug Tallamy, award-winning author of The Living Landscape and Bringing Nature Home "A real-world guide for creating beautiful, ecologically connected landscapes. There is not a designer or property owner that would not benefit from this approach." --Larry Weaner, APLD, founder of New Directions in the American Landscape "A groundbreaking guide that lays out an alternative to traditional horticulture: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. As practical as it is poetic, theirs is an optimistic call to action." --Chicago Tribune "Sometimes one comes across a landscape design book that simply demands to be read from cover to cover without pause. Planting in a Post-Wild World is one such book. Part ecological manifesto, part how-to planting guide, and part artistic statement, Post-Wild is a wonderful and refreshing addition to the world of landscape and planting design literature." --NYBG's Plant Talk "We have driven nature out of our cities--but this need not be a one-way ticket. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, two leading voices in ecological landscape design, present an optimistic call-to-action dedicated to the idea of a new nature--a hybrid of the wild and the cultivated that can flourish in cities and suburbs. The authors speak with conviction and authority, and offer a practical blueprint for the future." --The English Garden "In this award-winning book, landscape architect Thomas Rainer and landscape consultant Claudia West present a groundbreaking new philosophy of planting design inspired by the way plants work together in the wild." --American Gardener "The book outlines how to design and maintain an ecological landscape, and does so in beautifully clear, fluid language that is easy to read and absorb. . . . Let us follow Planting in a Post-Wild World into a future where humans respectfully manage landscapes for our comfort, our quality of life, and our very existence, while acknowledging (in our treatment of them) the inherent value of these living communities." --Garden Rant "Every once in a while a book comes along that can truly be called a 'game-changer' and sets people buzzing. This book fits the bill...this is an important book capturing the spirit of the time, and injects new energy into the field of nature-inspired design with plants. It will become indispensable for all garden designers and landscape architects, as well as enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardeners and horticulturalists who wish to extend the creative potential of planting design." --The Garden "Most garden books simply confirm or amplify what we already know and like about horticulture, but this intelligent and thought-provoking book by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West is the rare exception. Other writers have suggested basing garden designs on the plant communities that thrive in the wild, but this may be the first time the theory and execution of this idea has been laid out so neatly." --Country Gardens "An excellently written, wonderfully illustrated guide to designing, planting, and managing plant installations...The book will interest landscape architects and horticulturalists as well as more casual home gardeners." --Choice "This lavishly illustrated manifesto applies broadly, to everything from water features to rooftops and vast acreages to urban backyards. Using detailed examples and simple graphics, Rainer and West make a convincing case for rethinking our relationship to plant design." --Architectural Digest Online "Two of the leading voices in ecological landscape design set out to celebrate and explain how planting design that recreates and reworks natural plant communities can create landscapes that are resilient. beautiful and diverse. The concepts are explained clearly with well-illustrated examples. Rainer's lyrical, passionate, and persuasive writing could convince even the most skeptical that It's the right thing to." --Gardens Illustrated best book of the year This is the universal how-to guide to sustainable landscaping we have all been waiting for. A masterful accomplishment! Doug Tallamy, award-winning author of The Living Landscape and Bringing Nature Home A real-world guide for creating beautiful, ecologically connected landscapes. There is not a designer or property owner that would not benefit from this approach. Larry Weaner, APLD, founder of New Directions in the American Landscape Going beyond explaining how to use plant communities as the basic building blocks of design, Rainer s lyrical, passionate and persuasive writing could convince even the most skeptical that it s the right thing to do. Gardens Illustrated A groundbreaking guide that lays out an alternative to traditional horticulture: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. As practical as it is poetic, theirs is an optimistic call to action. Chicago Tribune Sometimes one comes across a landscape design book that simply demands to be read from cover to cover without pause. Planting in a Post-Wild World is one such book. Part ecological manifesto, part how-to planting guide, and part artistic statement, Post-Wild is a wonderful and refreshing addition to the world of landscape and planting design literature. NYBG's Plant Talk We have driven nature out of our cities but this need not be a one-way ticket. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, two leading voices in ecological landscape design, present an optimistic call-to-action dedicated to the idea of a new nature a hybrid of the wild and the cultivated that can flourish in cities and suburbs. The authors speak with conviction and authority, and offer a practical blueprint for the future. The English Garden In this award-winning book, landscape architect Thomas Rainer and landscape consultant Claudia West present a groundbreaking new philosophy of planting design inspired by the way plants work together in the wild. American Gardener [Planting in a Post-Wild World] inspires us to design plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. It also instructs how to manage them, not doing painstaking and often impractical garden maintenance, plant by plant, as in traditional horticulture. A Way to Garden The book is filled with technical advice, diagrams, and photographs showing wild archetypes and the garden designs they have inspired. Denver Life The book outlines how to design and maintain an ecological landscape, and does so in beautifully clear, fluid language that is easy to read and absorb. . . . Let us follow Planting in a Post-Wild World into a future where humans respectfully manage landscapes for our comfort, our quality of life, and our very existence, while acknowledging (in our treatment of them) the inherent value of these living communities. Garden Rant Every once in a while a book comes along that can truly be called a game-changer and sets people buzzing. This book fits the bill this is an important book capturing the spirit of the time, and injects new energy into the field of nature-inspired design with plants. It will become indispensable for all garden designers and landscape architects, as well as enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardeners and horticulturalists who wish to extend the creative potential of planting design. The Garden Most garden books simply confirm or amplify what we already know and like about horticulture, but this intelligent and thought-provoking book by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West is the rare exception.Other writers have suggested basing garden designs on the plant communities that thrive in the wild, but this may be the first time the theory and execution of this idea has been laid out so neatly. Country Gardens A ground-breaking guide to creating a garden that is resilient and beautiful. Sunday Telegraph An excellently written, wonderfully illustrated guide to designing, planting, and managing plant installations The book will interest landscape architects and horticulturalists as well as more casual home gardeners. Choice If you're serious about trying to work with nature as opposed to imposing your will on it, you'll find this book very useful. Patriot-News This lavishly illustrated manifesto applies broadly, to everything from water features to rooftops and vast acreages to urban backyards. Using detailed examples and simple graphics, Rainer and West make a convincing case for rethinking our relationship to plant design. Architectural Digest Online"

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