Paradise by Design

Paradise by Design

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Author/Editor: Phillips, Kathryn
Publisher: North Point Press
Date: 1998
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: USED - Fine in fine dust jacket. An excellent, unmarked copy with no obvious signs of wear.

Every day when she arrives at work, landscape architect Joni Janecki faces a daunting task: to create a piece of paradise for her clients. For this young, up-and-coming designer, that often means bucking mainstream design and gardening culture. Janecki rejects the expansive lawns and tightly clipped shrubs that have become the standards of America's created landscape. Instead, she tries to introduce the natural world to her clients by landscaping their homes, parks, and businesses with the native plants that the larger gardening culture often ignores.

Kathryn Phillips follows Janecki as she struggles against nursery fads, anxious clients, pest plants, pesky budgets, and self-doubts to design paradise. The result, in the tradition of our best science and nature journalists, is an engrossing narrative, which illuminates the complex forces that shape so much of the natural world we see every day. She introduces us to plant promoters, who want to carpet the world with roses, and nature preserve caretakers, who battle to protect wildlands from invasions by garden plants. By the book's end, readers will be rooting for Janecki and seeing the created landscape around them -- and its often tenuous relationship with nature -- with new eyes.