Andrew Mikolajski's Garden Design offers a complete breakdown of the process involved in creating a garden, from making an initial assessment of the site's possibilities to applying design principles and choosing plants and landscaping materials. It is aimed at amateurs who have no previous knowledge of garden-making but will also be of value to professionals entering the trade. Most books on garden design are either very technical or are predominantly picture books. This manual is different. A lively and provocative read, it is full of handy hints and tips for creating the perfect outdoor environment. Readers are encouraged to explore and question established ideas about good garden design, and will be sure to grow in confidence as they learn how to make informed decisions about every aspect of the garden design process.
Andrew Mikolajski was born in the Midlands and studied music and German at the University of London. He initially worked as a music critic but developed an interest in gardening after moving away from the capital. Early on, he had the good luck to work on several RHS reference projects that brought him into contact with expert gardeners and nurserymen. Andrew then went on to author over thirty books of his own, including The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Apples and Pruning Plant by Plant. He has taught the RHS certificate and garden design at Warwickshire College, as well as leading day courses on aspects of design, garden history and practical gardening at Lamport Hall, Farncombe Estate and the English Gardening School at Chelsea Physic Garden. Andrew also gives talks to gardening clubs throughout the UK.