So You Want to Be a Garden Designer (Hardcover)

How to Get Started, Grow, and Thrive in the Landscape Design Business

By Love Albrecht Howard

Timber Press, 9780881929041, 424pp.

Publication Date: March 25, 2010

List Price: 29.95*
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Every day talented and passionate gardeners think to themselves, “There must be a way to turn this into a career.” So You Want to Be a Garden Designer helps them turn that dream into reality by providing the practical, step-by-step information every budding designer needs to develop and nurture a thriving garden design business. A successful, self-made garden designer herself, Love Albrecht Howard conveys not only the basic skills required for the profession, but also the crucial details that can mean the difference between success and failure. Among the many questions she explores with warmth, humor, and a big dose of reality are:

• What do I need to learn?
• How do I tackle fences, stairs, decks, and other construction projects?
• How can I avoid using chemicals?
• What’s the best way to deal with challenging personalities?

With extensive photographs, practical drawings, and clearheaded advice, So You Want to Be a Garden Designer is the comprehensive manual that all garden designers will wish they’d had from the start.

About the Author

Love Albrecht Howard attended the Landscape Institute of Harvard University. She owns a landscape and garden design business and teaches gardening and chemical-free land care classes through the Arnold Arboretum. She has been featured in national media. She is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, is on the planning board of the Partners in Perinatal Health, and serves on the boards of several environmental non-profits. 

Praise For So You Want to Be a Garden Designer: How to Get Started, Grow, and Thrive in the Landscape Design Business

“Inspiring and practical in equal measure, this exceptional handbook offers sage advice on embarking on a career in garden design. . . . Blending personal experience and sensible recommendations in an engaging and authentic voice, Albrecht Howard strikes a credible balance between prudence and encouragement in chapters covering every phase of garden design.” —Library Journal

“Albrecht Howard offers a wealth of knowledge gained from real-world experience, along with the basic guidelines to help ensure the fledgling business does well financially.” —Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Newsletter

“The garden design profession appears to be expanding, as many self-taught gardeners are entering the field. . . . [Howard’s] personal story enlivens the writing and illuminates many subtle yet essential aspects of the profession. Readers who are considering taking the leap will appreciate Howard’s guidance and encouragement.” —Booklist

“With joblessness at an all time high, many passionate gardeners fantasize about designing gardens as a second career. Give your daydreamer this practical book.” —Boston Globe

“For anyone with dreams of making their living working with gardens, So You Want to Be a Garden Designer is the book for them.” —Bookwatch