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Gardens Are For People, Third edition [Paperback]

Thomas D. Church , Grace Hall , Michael Laurie
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June 12 1995 0520201205 978-0520201200 Third Edition, With a new preface
This classic of landscape architecture has been required reading for the residential garden design professional, student, and generalist since its publication in 1955. Gardens Are for People contains the essence of Thomas Church's design philosophy and much practical advice. Amply illustrated by site plans and photographs of some of the 2,000 gardens Church designed during the course of his career, the third edition has a new Preface as well as a selected bibliography of writings by and about Church.

Called "the last great traditional designer and the first great modern designer," Church was one of the central figures in the development of the modern California garden. For the first time, West Coast designers based their work not on imitation of East Coast traditions, but on climatic, landscape, and lifestyle characteristics unique to California and the West. Church viewed the garden as a logical extension of the house, with one extending naturally into the other. His plans reflect the personality and practical needs of the homeowner, as well as a pragmatic response to the logistical demands of the site.

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"Landscape architect Thomas Church [wrote] for contemporaries when he wrote "Gardens Are for People. . . . Now that Church's book has been reissued in paperback, a new generation can learn about his influential, indeed revolutionary, California Style. Church, who helped transform opinion about gardens in the post-World War II era, was designing for American families and their real activities."--"House Beautiful

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Thomas D. Church (1902-1978) was an internationally acclaimed landscape architect and the recipient of many awards during his lifetime. GraceHall was Church's assistant, and Michael Laurie is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My grandfather was Thomas Church March 5 1999
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Format:Paperback
This is a revised version of the hardback printed in the 50's. It was revised by his long time assistant Grace Hall whom he trusted and adored. It has a more indepth look at his own home which still looks the same to this day. The original hardback version can be found if we like you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Sept. 6 1999
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I loved to read this book. After reading it you can clearly see how much Thomas Church influenced the modern designers. I really enojoyed reading the needs of the clients for their garden and then how Church solved and designed great gardens based on the clients'needs. A Classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Sept. 6 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved to read this book. After reading it you can clearly see how much Thomas Church influenced the modern designers. I really enojoyed reading the needs of the clients for their garden and then how Church solved and designed great gardens based on the clients'needs. A Classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of color pictures and dated landscapes dooms this one Nov. 13 2006
By Ernest Bullock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Thomas Church was a "founding father" in modern landscape design thought. He wrote this book to showcase his ideas about it.

If you have read even a few landscaping books, you will find that most of the ideas expressed will be familiar to you and won't be of much help to design your specific garden. I felt the yard and garden examples in the book were dated (as in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s looking).

Finally, I was disappointed in both the printing and the photo examples. All the pictures were black & white, and they all were rather crudely printed. This made it difficult to see details within the photos.

On the up side, the text is good reading for those seeking to become a landscape designer, be he amatuer or professional. And if you DO want to do "retro" designs, the examples ARE well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gardens Are For People - Third Edition Sept. 20 2010
By Bob Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most influential books about the need to humanize the art and science of creating outdoor living spaces. A must read for all who dream and work toward the goal of creating living art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars it okey May 29 2012
By ines - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was actually ok. Just as expected, it has very important information. The conditions of the book ar actually quite well, it has no brocken pages or damages.The delivering time was ok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My grandfather was Thomas Church March 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a revised version of the hardback printed in the 50's. It was revised by his long time assistant Grace Hall whom he trusted and adored. It has a more indepth look at his own home which still looks the same to this day. The original hardback version can be found if we like you.
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