Date of publicationDecember 2012
Paperback ISBN-13978 185341 138 0 (paperback)
Images58 colour photos, and 64 line & CAD drawings and plans
DimensionsA4 landscape format, 210 x 297 mm
Designing Gardens on Slopes
Ruth ChiversLiz Davies
Designing real gardens on slopes for real people forms the central core of this book. It demonstrates that making plans for gardens on slopes of all types really works. Not only that, they are a necessary part of the process of turning challenging sites into attractive gardens. This is a really useful book that shows how good design helps to avoid costly common mistakes. It is a simple and informative guide detailing from survey to construction and planting.
Not many gardens are completely flat. Just one step in a garden makes a big difference, adding more interest to the site. But slopes do present more of a challenge when designing gardens and definitely add to the expense of a building project.
A select portfolio of beautifully designed gardens shows projects from start to finish. These are not simply attractive garden plans – they actually work! Not only does this book inspire, it will show how to master hilly sites. There are currently no books that deal specifically with this common problem: in fact, in many books, designing gardens on slopes is barely mentioned. Students of garden design, qualified garden and landscape designers, landscape builders and architects, and owners of sloping gardens will therefore find this book particularly useful.
The Design Brief - First meeting with clients: Portfolio and Budget; Client Wish List to Design Brief; Budget and Design Brief; Summary - Taking a Full Client Brief. Surveying Slopes - Surveying Sloping Gardens; Measuring Levels; Level Surveying Basics; Datum Points and Reduced Levels; Typical Garden Survey Abbreviations; Recording Relevant Information; Summary - Surveying Slopes, Essential Information. Communicating Design Ideas - Functional Basics; Designing for Slopes; Design Principles; Dimensions of Key Features; One garden, Three Ideas; Summary - Design Idea Essentials. Design Presentation - Communicating the Design; Making Plans Easier to Understand; Ground Shaping; Design Presentation Summary. Groundworks and Construction - Cut and Fill; Mistakes to Avoid; Moving Soil Around Trees; Summary of Essentials. Steps, Retaining Walls and Rock Gardens - Steps; Guidelines for Step Dimensions; Summary - Steps; Retaining Walls and Summary; Rocks and Boulders; Gabions; Building Regulations and British Standards for Sloping Gardens. Ground Surfaces - Summary; Portfolio of 6 Garden Projects. Soil and Planting on Slopes - Soil Erosion on Slopes; Examples of Materials Used in Geotextiles; Planting on Slopes; Plants for Covering Slopes and Stabilizing Soil; Grasses for Planting on Slopes’ Alpines for Planting on Slopes, and Other Plants for Rock and Scree Gardens. Further Reading, Index.
‘… This is a veritable gem of a book. A really comprehensive and useful step-by-step guide … that shows how good design can avoid common and costly mistakes when dealing with a bumpy topography. Aimed primarily at students of garden and landscape design … [the book] provides the two things that I feel are really necessary when teaching a subject that combines art and science: it has lots of excellent illustrations and visuals and it deals in depth with the nitty-gritty of the practical construction side …’
Laura O’Mahony in Compass, journal of the GLDA, Ireland.
‘Very few gardens are completely flat and working with sloping sites can be a real challenge to even experienced garden designers. Sloping sites offer the opportunity to create variety and interest but also the risk of adding cost and complexity. This useful, highly illustrated book contains many sketches, drawings, plans and photos to guide the reader through taking the brief, surveying sloping sites, design ideas and lots of technical information about the design and construction of steps, retaining walls and ramps. A section on mistakes to avoid is particularly relevant to anyone starting out in a career in garden design … The portfolio section of real projects showing the survey, the design process and before and after photos really brings the technical information to life. There is a useful mix of hand drawn and CAD plans and visuals showing that they both have their place in the designer’s arsenal … This excellent book is a welcome addition to the limited teaching material available to help students and new garden designers when faced with working on a sloping site.’
Janine Pattison in The Garden Design Journal