Sandra Austin Color in Garden Design

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Color in Garden Design

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This artfully executed book is the first gardening guide to fully explain how and why colors work together in the garden. Enchanting author Sandra Austin takes gardeners beyond the common color wheel approach. Readers develop a comprehensive understanding of what color is, how it is perceived, how it affects perception and how it can be used to create beautiful gardens.

Suggests new ways to think about color, including a basic vocabulary that encourages the creative use of color in garden designs.
-- Includes new, fresh ways to use eye-catching color based on texture, light effects and creative imagination.
-- Explains basic color concepts as well as sophisticated color theory that will appeal to advanced gardeners.
-- Introduces modern color classification systems and explains how color families and combinations work together.
-- Contains brilliant full-color photos and extensive drawings and illustrations throughout.

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Austin is a professional landscape designer and teacher.

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"Color in Garden Design is not an easy book to read. Nor can you breeze through the photographs and pick up basic information about combining flower colors. Instead, Austin's approach to color is rigorous and professional; the book should be required reading for a complete course in garden design. If you are the kind of gardener who wants to know why, or if you are in the design profession, this book will bridge the gap between the purely scientific studies of color and the way color is used and responded to in the garden. Like serious gardeners who insist on Latin binomials for identification of plants, Austin pushes the reader to understand some of the technical language of color.

In her introduction, Austin says, "Perhaps the most exciting role of moire detailed and accurate color knowledge will be in spurring creativity. Many designers will be able to take the information in this book and look at their gardens in a new way, and create gardens that can't yet be imagined . . . color offers one possibility for organizing and discovering these new designs." -- Ann Leyhe, Horticulture

"For anyone very serious about color...This reflective book goes far beneath superficial color associations. This is not a book to skim. Her discussions on the role of background colors are a revelation." -- Richard L. Bitner, The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, September 1998

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