paper, 420 pp., $75.00
This guide by a recognized authority on landscape architecture, Leonard Hopper, provides quick, definitive answers on the subject in a handy-size volume. Softscape consists of the live horticulture elements in the landscape. The manual’s chapters direct attention to accepted standards and practices, as well as procedures to avoid when dealing with soils and earthworks, planting, and irrigation. The book is organized chronologically from site assessment through follow-up maintenance directions. Ample illustrations provide visual solutions to softscape problems. Ideal as a immediate reference work for professionals, home gardeners, and others dealing with softscape decisions on job sites, this book is highly recommended.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden