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The Professional Designer's Guide to Garden Furnishings

Vanessa Gardner Nagel


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Gardens don’t need just plants, paths, and walls; they need chairs, benches, cushions, arbors, containers, and artwork, too. But finding and choosing these accessories can be a challenge. The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings helps you meet the challenge by providing both visual inspiration and practical information about how to choose and where to find just about every kind of accessory a garden might need.

This comprehensive guide includes information on how furnishings are linked to architecture; offers tips and techniques for choosing furnishings based on comfort, scale, and proportion; and provides a survey of sixteen popular styles, including Craftsman, Midcentury Modern, and Contemporary. Vanessa Gardner Nagel, herself a professional garden designer as well as a nationally certified interior designer, also discusses the properties of a wide variety of material choices, including wood, stone, ceramics, concrete, metal, and fabrics. An extensive list of sources rounds out this truly indispensable guide.

Praise For The Professional Designer's Guide to Garden Furnishings

“An aid and inspiration for design professionals and students of the field. Considerations for outdoor furnishing purchases are clearly broken down. The list of resources Nagel provides is valuable, no matter the skill level of the reader.” —Library Journal

“Chapters geared toward the professional elevate this comprehensive guidebook to a higher level even as Nagel’s approach makes it an accessible reference for the novice garden decorator.” —Booklist

“Vanessa Gardner Nagel has written this colorful and quite thorough guide to the materials and the supply chain in specifying outdoor furniture, fabrics, containers, and other fixtures. Her good sense advice can save you any number of calls from irritated clients.” —Landscape Architecture

“An invaluable book for any designer and for any homeowner who’s interested in buying quality outdoor materials that will stand the test of time.” —Garden Design Online

Timber Press, 9781604692938, 308pp.

Publication Date: July 16, 2013

About the Author

Vanessa Gardner Nagel designs gardens in the Pacific Northwest and writes and speaks nationwide about garden design. She was a commercial interior designer for 22 years before turning her business inside-out into garden design. She is an award-winning, APLD-certified designer, and has served on the international board for the Association for Professional Landscape Designers.