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Exhibition & Book Signing: Plants in Design: A Guide to Designing with Southern Landscape Plants

Exhibit opening - Oct 13UGA CED Celebrates Publication of Plants in Design with Exhibition & Book Signing

On Wednesday, October 13, the UGA College of Environment + Design will celebrate the publication of Plants in Design: A Guide to Designing with Southern Landscape Plants, with a book signing and exhibition in the college’s Circle Gallery. A reference guide to planting strategies and plant material available in the Southeast, Plants in Design was created by CED professors Brad E. Davis and David Nichols; the accompanying exhibition, “Oh, The Places We’ll Go!”, also curated by Davis and Nichols, features large-format photographs and text from their book. 

Book CoverPlants in Design emerged from Davis’s and Nichols’s love for plants and well-designed landscapes and a previous frustration with landscape design guidebooks. Published by the University of Georgia Press, Plants in Design combines two fundamental components of landscape and garden design: (1) principles and uses of plant material, and (2) resource information for analyzing and selecting a broad range of plant materials for Southern landscapes. Illustrated with approximately 1,750 color photographs, Plants in Design depicts plant shape, form, characteristics, and landscape use, both to aid identification and to envision how individual plants might appear in a composition. The authors promote the use of native species to benefit native wildlife and point out the dangers of many nonnative plants widely used in the past and now threatening natural ecosystems. 


On Wednesday, October 13, the CED will celebrate the opening of “Oh, The Places We’ll Go!” with a reception and book signing by the authors. Located in the college’s Circle Gallery at 285 S. Jackson Street in Athens, the exhibit will feature massive photographs captured by Brad Davis and David Nichols as they assembled images for Plants in Design; the exhibition leads visitors through the landscapes of the Southeast, the East and West Coasts of the U.S., and Europe; and includes examples of projects from nationally and internationally-recognized firms like James Corner Field Operations, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Gustafson, Guthrie, Nichol, and Oehme van Sweden.  For the reception, the gallery will be transformed into a Southern garden with plant materials from Servescape. Throughout the semester, the Circle Gallery will be used as a teaching resource for CED faculty, with special programming and events.


Sponsored by the University of Georgia Press and the UGA College of Environment + Design, the book signing and reception will begin at 4:00pm on Wednesday; the public is invited to attend. Copies of the book will be available at a 40% discount from the UGA Press. The UGA Press will take credit cards and checks, no cash.





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