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Designing and Renovating Larger Gardens by Douglas Coltart

Designing and Renovating Larger Gardens


Designing and Renovating Larger Gardens by Douglas Coltart

Award-winning landscape designer Douglas Coltart offers practical instructions for designing and renovating spacious gardens, with an eye towards issues unique to those working with at least a third of an acre of land. This book will enable gardeners to make a range of positive changes, such as anchoring the garden into the surrounding landscape, making the most of arrival space, creating focal points, working with scale and proportion, and cultivating a sense of spatial unity. Using illustrated case studies, the author recounts triumphs (and tribulations) from his past projects. With practical instructions, inspirational case studies, and photos of spacious gardens worldwide, this book will prove an indispensable resource for amateur and professional garden designers.


Written specifically for the larger garden and helps to take the anxiety out of working on a bigger scale. ... [It] is most definitely an invaluable tool for anyone renovating or considering taking on a larger garden. -- Dermot O'Neill Garden Heaven 20070701 Focuses on ways to stamp your character onto a big, blank canvas - whether that means breaking up the space into more manageable sections, creating a woodland or turning the space into a grand, sweeping vista. -- George Weigel Harrisburg Patriot-News 20071125 If you find yourself with a five-acre property and the desire to do something grand, Scottish landscape architect and garden designer Douglas Coltart has advice for you. ... This is a book for serious gardeners and garden design professionals. San Luis Obispo Tribune 20071221

About the Author

With extensive experience ranging from garden design to the formulation of parkland regeneration plans, Douglas Coltart has 15 years of garden and landscape design under his belt - in both private and public organizations. His company Viridarium, is celebrated for its imaginative and often large-scale gardening schemes with an innovative use of space and materials combined with subtle planting schemes. Douglas works closely with clients and communities to incorporate a contemporary feel to spaces large and small, urban or rural, at home or abroad, and has worked on projects at Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Scotland's National Garden, as well as many others. Douglas has lectured at organizations such as the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, the Royal Horticultural Society, and Britain in Bloom, and he regularly teaches at the Scottish Agricultural College where he set up Scotland's first nationally-validated design course. His work has been featured on TV shows such as the BBC's Small Town Gardens and Beechgrove Gardens. A recipient of two Royal Horticultural Society gold medals for designs at Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows, he often serves as a judge at national Horticultural Shows and The International Rose Trials in Glasgow. He lives in Scotland, and holds a BA (Hons) in Landscape Architecture and an MBA.

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Publication date

15th June 2007


Douglas Coltart

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Timber Press


168 pages


Garden design & planning



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