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Gardening / Landscape Architecture / Environment


Natural Landscaping
Designing with Native Plant Communities
Second Edition

John Diekelmann and Robert M. Schuster

"[Makes] landscaping with native plants a promise of nature's beauty at one's doorstep."

—Joan Lee Faust, The New York Times

In response to demand from landscape architects and home gardeners, Natural Landscaping returns to print in an updated and expanded second edition. It is unique in its focus on plant communities; it approaches landscape design as the establishment of natural ecosystems, rather than mere planting of specimens. Emphasizing the natural landscapes of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, this book

  • reviews landscaping principles and techniques
  • introduces native plant species for grasslands, forests, edge areas, & small wetlands
  • illustrates how to evaluate a site and plan for visual effect & maintenance
  • presents the issues involved in restoring bogs, ponds, and other wetlands
  • offers practical advice on reducing chemical use while still combatting invasive plants
  • addresses social, legal, design, and planting problems often encountered on residential sites
  • discusses natural landscaping for public parklands, civic buildings, school grounds, and corporate properties

John Diekelmann is a licensed architect and a graduate landscape architect. Among his most notable projects are the architectural plans for plans for the Adler Planetarium Extension in Chicago and the landscape master plans for the Wisconsin chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
Robert Schuster
is a writer and educator who has participated in many projects restoring natural plant communities. He is director of the Simonds Center for Instruction and Research in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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The cover of Natural Landscaping is illustrated with a color photo of yellow wildflowers in bloom.

February 2002
300 pp.   7 1/2 x 9 1/4
54 color photos,
229 b/w photos, 69 illus.

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