Return to the New England Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

Posted by Renee1977 MA (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 16, 11 at 22:58

Years ago, I purchased a landscaping book on sale. I lost the book when we moved and can't remember the name, author, etc.. I'm hoping someone else knows of it and can help me. Here is what I remember...

-it was written by two authors, both men
-it showcased landscape designs in different settings - meadow, formal gardens, cottage, etc...pictures of landscapes they designed
-it had beautiful pictures and then showed a drawing of the plants in each design
-it inspired me to use a lot of black eyed susans, daylily's and hosta
-it wasn't so much of a 'how-to', more of a suggestive and inspiring type of book

I know this is a long shot with the little information I'm providing, but even if I don't find the book, with your help maybe I'll find another to replace it!

If you can share names of books and authors, I'll look it up on Amazon to see if it's the one. I know I'll recognize it as soon as I see the cover! I've spent hours on Amazon looking through books to see if I can find it...no luck! I didn't realize how much I enjoyed the book until I lost it!

I appreciate your feedback!!!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

Just based on the 'two men' part of your memory, I suggest you look up Joe Eck and Wayne Winterwood; they're designers from southern VT (I think I've got that part right) and they've published a few books about their property there. It could have been Our Life in Gardens.


 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

Thank you for your suggestion. It wasn't them, but the books they've written look very interesting.

The 'two men' are landscape designers and the gardens they show are ones they designed for clients.

Thanks again for trying!!


 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

Outdoors: The Garden Design Book for the Twenty-First Century by Diarmuid Gavin and Terence Conran?

(I'm on Amazon too. Grin.) This book seems too recent. 2007.

A Garden Gallery: The Plants, Art, and Hardscape of Little and Lewis? George little and David Lewis? 2005.

How many years ago do you think it was published (or you bought it)? Do you remember if the authors were American? Or British? Any more clues you can think of?


 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

Piet Oudolf? I know he has co-written several books.


 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

I bet it was Wolfgang Oehme and James Van Sweden, two famous Washington DC area landscape architects who invented what they called "the new American style" garden. They are responsible for black eyed susans and ornamental grasses taking over so many public and private landscapes.

The link brings you to their website with a list of their publications. There has been much written about them as well.

Here is a link that might be useful: Oehme and Van Sweden, landscape architects


 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

leslie6ri, mad gallica and ginny12 - thank you so much for your help! Sadly, it's not any of these books or authors but ginny12's suggestion was def in the right direction!

More clues...

-I purchased it from Borders, new, in the early 2000's. It was on the discount rack.
-It showed less than 10 landscapes
-Each landscape had at least 2, maybe even 4 pages dedicated to each one.

I have to thank everyone for entertaining and helping on this. I must have read this book cover to cover a million times (you'd think I'd remember a little more about it...).


 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

Renee, if you only looked at ginny12's link then you only saw their recent publications. I just wanted to be sure you knew they had many books published dating way back twenty years. My favorite used book site is half.com. I've included a link to a couple of the books they have for sale by them. Not many, but just in case you hadn't found these earlier books yet.

If you ID it, let us know because it sounds like a really interesting book to buy!

Here is a link that might be useful: Used oehme and van Sweden books


 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

It gives me great pleasure to share the name and authors of the book I lost years ago, and am so looking forward to having once again...thanks to your help!!!

Gardening With Nature by James Van Sweden and
Wolfgang Oehme (1997, Hardcover)

Ginny12 pegged the authors, and then deanna suggested to expand the search using half.com, which led me to find it!

Words can not express how thankful I am! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

Yea! I'll add that to the list of good books to get. I love it when I get them cheaper used, too!

If you're not familiar with half.com, I use it many times a year and can give you some tips. For instance, I always look for books in the condition "Good" or "Acceptable" because they are usually hardcover library books, which are generally better quality, and are much cheaper, but it depends on who the seller is as to whether you will get that or not. If you'd like any input let me know!


 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

I received my book yesterday...it's even better than I remembered! I feel like reunited with an old friend!

I ordered from half.com and choose the 'acceptable' category, and it's gently worn, but overall fantastic condition! Thanks for the tip on half.com Deanna!


 o
RE: Looking for a landscaping book I loved, but can't remember...

Thanks for reminding me about this book. It's right here on my shelf, and I don't recall being especially happy with it.

I'll take another look through it now - maybe I missed something the first time. I've got A LOT of garden books, and sometimes I just buy them, then don't give them the attention they deserve.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the New England Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here