book reviews and sales

Book shopThe Garden Design Academy is pleased to suggest a number of books which may be useful to you. Most of these are in our library and available to read during residential courses.

Where titles are highlighted you can click to read a full review. This is a new area of our web site which is starting modestly but will grow into a useful resource.

You are now able to purchase books recommended by the Academy, often at discounted prices.

These books are not a substitute for any of our courses, but will provide additional information to enhance your learning experience.

recommended reading lists:-

RHS students reading list

RHS Certificate in Horticulture Level 2

RHS Certificate in Horticulture Level 3

RHS garden design reading list

Garden history (Garden History Society)

Garden Design Academy review titles

new books awaiting review:-

Mr Hamilton's Elysium The Gardens of Painshill - Michael Symes (Frances Lincoln Ltd)

Botany for Designers A practical guide for Landscape Architects and other professionals - Kimberley Duffy Turner (Wiley)

Gardens of the World The great traditions- Rory Stuart (Frances Lincoln Ltd)

Bark An Intimate Look at the World's Trees - Cedric Pollet (Frances Lincoln Ltd)

The Gardens of English Heritage - Gillian Mawrey & Linden Groves (Frances Lincoln Ltd)

Digital Drawing for Landscape Architechure Contemporary Techniques and Tools for Digital Representation in Site Design - Bradley Cantrell and Wes Michaels (Wiley)

Residential Design with Vectorworks Landmark Second edition - Tamsin Slatter (Nemetschek)

Residential Landscape Architecture Design Process for the Private Residence Norman K. Booth & James E. Hiss (Pearson)

The Green Roof Manual A professional guide to design, installation and maintenance - Edmund C. Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre (Timber Press)

Rock Landscapes The Pulman Legacy - Claude Hitching and Jenny Lilly (Garden Art Press)

The Universe in the Landscape Landforms - Charles Jencks (Frances Lincoln Ltd)

Les Jardins du Val de Loire au fil des saisons - Marie-Francoise Valery (Garden Art Press)

The Sun King's Garden Louis XIV, Andre Le Notre and the creation of the gardens of Versailes - Ian Thompson (Bloomsbury Publishing)

In the footsteps of Augustine Henry and his Chinese plant collectors - Seamus O'Brien (Garden Art Press)

Public Garden Management A complete guide to Planning and Administration of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta - Donald Rakow & Sharon Lee (Wiley)

Turfgrass Management Eighth Edition A.J.Turgeon (Pearson)

The New Ornamental Garden - Simon Rickard (CSIRO)

Planting the Dry Shade Garden - Graham Rice (Timber Press)

Hostas an essential guide - Richard Ford (Crowood Press)

David Austin's English Roses - Davis Austin(Garden Art Press)

The Cottage Garden - Twigs Way (Shire Library)

Allotments - Twigs Way (Shire Library)

Capability Brown and the English Landscape Garden - Laura Mayer(Shire Library)

The Victorian Fern Craze - Sarah Whittingham (Shire Library)

Topiary - Twigs Way (Shire Library)

The Yellow Book 2012 NGS gardens open for charity 85th anniversary edition

Read more

G.D.A. / ACS Student Resource Room
This contains the GDA Online Library of downloads. You will need to register to use this site. Please ask us for a code.

Other Academy links

Gardener in France Colin Elliott's gardening blog.

Chabris Loire Valley Accommodation details for Academy residential courses.

The Garden Design Company Top English garden designers based in central France and working throughout Europe. French garden design site.

Loire Valley Gardens A new site highlighting our passion for the gardens of the centre of France and the Loire Valley



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