Looking for some quality summer reading? Here are some books of merit about design and the landscape that our staff is reading this summer:

Native Plants for New England Gardens, by Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe. A brand new book from the New England Wildflower Society that is sure to be an invaluable resource.

Lawrence Halprin, by Kenneth Helphand. Halprin has always been a favorite precedent in our studio. This latest book collects Halprin’s most inspiring works, including many of his project sketches.

Planting in a Post-Wild World, by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West. This book is more than eye-popping images of lush plantings: it’s filled with technical information to satisfy our design staff.  A worthy addition to our library.

Welcome to Your World, by Sarah Williams Goldhagen.  An insightful read on the relationship between our experiences and the designed world we live in, this book delivers a clear and vivid message of the designer’s responsibility in shaping the collective consciousness.