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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 3 edition (June 12 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520201205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520201200
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 939 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #674,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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 as well as a great deal of practical advice. Amply illustrated by site plans and photographs of some of the two thousand gardens Church designed during the course of his career, the third edition has a new preface and a selected bibliography of writings by and about Church.

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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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By A Customer on Sept. 6 1999
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca35894) 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.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca35cfc) 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca35d20) 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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
13 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca35dd4) 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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