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  • Published: 29 September 2008
  • ISBN: 9781920989651
  • Imprint: Lantern
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $69.99

Paul Bangay's Garden Design Handbook


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Achieving a perfect garden the Paul Bangay way

Paul Bangay is renowned for his sure use of space: the gardens he creates are superbly proportioned, easy to live in, executed to the highest standards - and places of beauty. Now, in Paul Bangay's Garden Design Handbook, he shares his many secrets for successful garden designing and construction.

He shows how to analyse a site and its needs, how to visualise a garden and use space, and how to decide on and achieve the hard and soft landscaping best suited to a particular style. Using diagrams, step-by-step instructions, plant lists and above all Simon Griffiths's lustrous colour photography of his designs, Paul talks about every aspect of garden building from developing a ground plan, constructing a retaining wall and fitting in a swimming pool to finding a lawn substitute and drought-tolerant plants.

Every page breathes with an infectious committment to good design and the recuperative pleasures of gardening. Paul Bangay's Garden Design Handbook is instructive, inspiring, empowering - the guide to have on hand as you approach the challenges of garden making today.

  • Pub date: 29 September 2008
  • ISBN: 9781920989651
  • Imprint: Lantern
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $69.99

About the Authors

Paul Bangay

Paul Bangay is one of Australia's most high-profile landscape designers. His working life is divided between Australian and overseas commissions; his spare time is spent at Stonefields, the garden he is building in the country. Paul's influential previous books, Paul Bangay’s Country Gardens, The Garden at Stonefields, Paul Bangay’s Guide to Plants, Paul Bangay’s Garden Design Handbook, The Defined Garden, The Boxed Garden, The Balanced Garden and The Enchanted Garden, continue to find new readers. In 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian landscape design. In 2018 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to landscape architecture.

Simon Griffiths

Simon Griffiths is a leading photographer of food, interiors and gardens. His photography appears frequently in the major lifestyle magazines and in books such as Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion and Kylie Kwong: My China. In the field of gardening and landscape design he has collaborated with Rick Eckersley and Lisa Stafford on their book Outside, with Jenna Reed Burns on Australian Gardens for a Changing Climate, and with noted rosarian Susan Irvine on The Garden at Forest Hall. He has also worked closely with leading Australian garden designer Paul Bangay on all his books, most recently The Garden at Stonefields. Shed is his is his second solo book following Shack.


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