From the Publisher
This is the fifth reprint of a book first published in 1990 which says something in itself. Williams, an award winning designer of more than 1,200 gardens himself, sets out here to impart practical advice through the many stages of designing and constructing a garden. An excellent, highly useful and informative little book, now in softback format , for the serious gardener. Everyone from lords of the manor to the owner of a new semi could benefit from this.
I bought the 1990 (first edition) of this hardcover book several years ago, and I continue to refer to it. Over the years, I've found it is a very practical (and inspiring) guide to planning my gardens. It was probably the first book by Robin Williams, well-regarded British landscape designer. I've since purchased , also by Mr. Williams.
The Garden Planner contains an instructive overview of the elements and principles of design, which are helpful for beginning gardeners, and serve as good reminders for seasoned gardeners (since most of us are not formally trained as designers.)
The majority of the book is dedicated to detailed plans and ideas for creating gardens. The plans and pointers cover varying lot sizes and layouts, and provide many ideas for different garden themes and styles for each garden size. Diagrams and photographs of real-life gardens provide guidance and helpful information for anyone trying to create a certain style or "look" in their own garden.
All-in-all, I found this book was very helpful when we moved into a new home, and I needed some help getting started with a large backyard. It continues to be a useful addition to my bookshelf, especially when I'm considering changes and renovations to any part of my landscape (which occurs almost every January!)