WorldCat Identities

Kingsbury, Noël

Works: 110 works in 413 publications in 6 languages and 12,591 library holdings
Genres: History  Illustrated works  Pictorial works  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, Creator, Contributor, Redactor, Editor, Other, dgs
Classifications: SB472.45, 712.6
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Noël Kingsbury
Planting green roofs and living walls by Nigel Dunnett( Book )

39 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Planting on roofs and walls is one of the most innovative and fast-developing fields within horticulture and the built environment. This book explores the very latest roof and wall greening techniques." "Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls describes the historical development of both large-scale commercial and small domestic examples from all over the world. It also provides an introduction to the practical techniques required for constructing green roofs including weight-bearing considerations, materials, substrates, draining layers, modular systems, and plants. A chapter devoted to planting considers plant choice in some depth and outlines key characteristics that make certain plants suitable for the extreme conditions encountered on roofs: drought, high light intensity, and wind."--Jacket
Hybrid : the history and science of plant breeding by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Starting his story at the birth of agriculture, Kingsbury traces the history of human attempts to make plants more reliable, productive, and nutritious--a story that owes as much to accident and error as to innovation and experiment. Drawing on historical and scientific accounts, as well as a rich trove of anecdotes, Kingsbury shows how scientists, amateur breeders, and countless anonymous farmers and gardeners slowly caused the evolutionary pressures of nature to be supplanted by those of human needs--and thus led us from sparse wild grasses to succulent corn cobs, and from mealy, white wild carrots to the juicy vegetables we enjoy today. At the same time, Kingsbury reminds us that contemporary controversies over the Green Revolution and genetically modified crops are not new; plant breeding has always had a political dimension. A powerful reminder of the complicated and ever-evolving relationship between humans and the natural world, Hybrid will give readers a thoughtful new perspective on--and a renewed appreciation of--the cereal crops, vegetables, fruits, and flowers that are central to our way of life."--Jacket
Planting : a new perspective by Piet Oudolf( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planting, by famed landscape architects Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury, is a groundbreaking moment in horticulture. It is the first book to share Oudolf's original planting plans and plant groupings and the only book to explicitly show how his gardens and landscapes are made. An intimate knowledge of plants is essential to the success of this approach and Planting makes Oudolf's considerable understanding of plant ecology and performance accessible, explaining how plants behave in different situations, what goes on underground, and which species make good neighbors. Extensive plant charts and planting plans will help you choose plants for their structure, color, and texture as well as the way they perform in the landscape. A detailed directory, with details each plant's life expectancy, the persistence of its seedheads, its tendency to spread, and propensity to self-seed, is an invaluable resource. Planting is an essential resource for designers and gardeners looking to create plant-rich, beautiful gardens that support biodiversity and nourish the human spirit
Designing with plants by Piet Oudolf( Book )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the range of plant choice available in form, texture, and color. This work also shows how to combine these elements to create stunning and sculptural gardens. It emphasizes the importance of choosing plants that have value throughout the seasons
Natural gardening in small spaces by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the growing recognition that a wisely and sensitively planted garden has a lot to offer to wildlife and the food web, more and more people are looking for ways to make their gardens environmentally friendly. However, gardeners have tended to assume that to create habitats for wildlife and evoke wild and natural places, you need a lot of space. In Natural Gardening in Small Spaces, renowned plantsman Noel Kingsbury refutes that presumption, showing how even in a small garden you can create a sustainable ecosystem that looks great - and, once established, largely looks after itself." "A chapter on the practicalities deals with such issues as how to garden without watering, using mulches, and boosting opportunities for wildlife with bird boxes and mammal hibernation sites; while a detailed plant directory lists the best plants for natural gardens, chosen for beauty, ease of growth and adaptability, and usefulness to wildlife. Over 150 photographs of small natural gardens provide visual evidence of Noel Kingsbury's contention that even the smallest garden can provide a natural haven."--BOOK JACKET
Designing borders by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 28 original borders specially designed by six internationally renowned masters of garden design. Following an introduction to the basic principles of border design and care, there is a profile of each designer and their work
Gardens by design by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Garden planners, home gardeners, and landscape designers will be turning to this exceptional book for expert advice from the world's leading garden makers including Beth Chatto, Piet Oudolf, James Van Sweden, and Julie Mois Messervy. In this beautifully illustrated collection, Noël Kingsbury gathers their ideas on the entire design process--from choosing a garden style through planning its layout to maintaining its look over time
The glory of the tree : an illustrated history by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kingsbury describes ninety species of tree that collectively span the millennia of evolution and cross the globe. Organized into six categories, the trees are presented in short chapters that touch on botany, history, culture and more
Planting design : gardens in time and space by Piet Oudolf( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and French and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than just theory, Planting Design includes practical discussion of such topics as soil preparation, plant selection, and garden maintenance, as well as useful lists of cutting-edge yet proven plants, including perennials, annuals, biennials, trees, and shrubs, for diverse garden situations. Exceptional color photography highlights the growth of gardens and designed landscapes over time, drawing the gardener and designer into new ways of seeing and thinking about landscape."--Jacket
Cultivating chaos : how to enrich landscapes with self-seeding plants by Jonas Reif( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Self-seeding plants can create naturalistic gardens of great charm, but left to their own devices quickly spiral out of control. Maintaining the balance of plants so that a small number of robust species do not evict the others and developing the structure of the garden are important techniques to acquire. Taking inspiration from the gardens of Christopher Lloyd, Derek Jarman and Henk Gerritsen. Cultivating Chaos teaches how to prepare your soil for improved germination, guide your planting as it evolves, and create different ecological niches from which will emerge beautiful, species-rich gardens
Garden flora : the natural and cultural history of the plants in your garden by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A "survey of 133 of the most commonly grown [plant groups] explains where each plant came from and the journey it took into home gardens. Kingsbury tells ... tales of the most important plant hunters, breeders, and gardeners throughout history, and explores the unexpected ways plants have been used"
New small garden : contemporary principles, planting and practice by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Small gardens are a challenge to design and to keep looking good. This title aims to inspire and inform gardeners to make the most of their small spaces by looking at more than 50 contemporary and inspirational gardens, at how their designers have created them and how their owners use and develop them. In this serious review of the perennial subject, Noel explains the theory and practice of planting a small garden, he advocates on the use of containers, revitalises growing your own, and explains design tricks, storage solutions and vertical planting to help small garden owners maximise their small spaces. And lack of space should not limit ambition for embracing sustainability, the use of recycled materials and the scope for bio-diversity as well as providing habitats for wildlife. All the gardens featured have been photographed in the last two years. Special photography is by Dutch garden photographer and former fashion stylist Maayke de Ridder whose design rigour perfectly complements the author's gardening expertise
Hidden natural histories. the secret properties of 150 species by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behind the cedar aroma of fresh pencil shavings and the slightly bitter tang of orange in our marmalade are untold stories of human interactions with the natural world. Celebrating the human heritage of these and other natural phenomena, the new Hidden Natural Histories series offers fascinating insight into the cultivation and use of the bits of nature we take for granted in our daily lives. In Trees, noted garden writer Noel Kingsbury turns his pen--or pencil--to the leafy life-forms that have warmed our hearths, framed our boats for ocean voyaging, and provided us shade on summer afternoons. From the fortitude of the ancient gingko tree to artistic depictions of quince fruit in the ruins of Pompeii, Kingsbury explores the culinary, medicinal, cultural, and practical uses of a forest of tree species. Packed with informative and beautiful illustrations--both new and from historical archives-- Trees will charm and enlighten anyone interested in our relationship with the natural world and will be a special delight for every gardener and chef
25 best planting plans by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everyone else's garden always looks so well organized and presented. How do people know what plants go with what plants, what flowers go with what flowers? They consult a book like this one, which 'aims to guide you through the jungle of plant combinations--the art of finding plants and styles that you like, that will look good in your garden, and that will grow successfully.' To that end, a veteran garden writer offers a series of plans for various seasons and reasons. A town garden is going to be different from a prairie garden, of course, but given the right circumstances, each type can be achieved by following this book's carefully wrought diagrams and sensitively colored illustrations
Seedheads in the garden by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

10 editions published in 2006 in 3 languages and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Imagine a garden that never has an off-season, one that brims with eye-catching plants in a captivating array of shapes and textures long after its flowering period has passed. Seedheads offer all this, bringing impact to late summer borders and lingering to provide interest for months afterwards. They look dramatic set against a backdrop of fading flowers, associate well with grasses and native plants, and make a major contribution to wildlife gardens." "Important components in the naturalistic plant compositions of pioneering plantsmen like Piet Oudolf, seedheads are placed in historical context by Noel Kingsbury, who goes on to describe their botany and the role they play in the wider ecology of the garden. At the heart of Seedheads in the Garden is a plant directory in which the characteristics of each plant's seedheads are described and graded for value and persistence."--Jacket
Piet Oudolf : landscapes in landscapes by Piet Oudolf( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A leading figure in the New Perennial planting movement, garden and landscape designer Piet Oudolf emphasizes plant structure as the most important aspect of a successful garden. Form and texture are valued as much as color, and perennials--prized for their beauty throughout a natural life cycle--are used almost exclusively. Oudolf challenges conventional approaches to gardening that rely on short-lived bursts of color and constant maintenance and shows the delights of working with versatile, expressive perennials to create lasting, ecologically sound panoramas that relate to the greater landscape and the shifting seasons--
Grasses and bamboos : using form and shape to create visual impact in the garden by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the physical characteristics of grasses and bamboos, explains how to implement them in various garden settings, and provides information on specific varieties and their maintenance
Daffodil : the remarkable story of the world's most popular spring flower by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book charts the remarkable story of the daffodil from the tombs of the Pharaohs, through pre-Darwin evolutionary theory, to Cornwall's burgeoning bulb business and diversification efforts by breeders seeking the definitive bloom. Today's gardener's have a rich palette including the pink-cupped Backhouse hybrids, the star-like 'Firebrand' bred by Engleheart, and P.D. Williams's 'Killigrew', described as "perfect in form, balance, and quality." Garden cultivation notes, description, and recommendations introduce the delights of the less well-known daffodils such as the fragrant Jonquils and windswept Narcissus cyclamineus without neglecting the classics such as bold, butter yellow 'King Alfred'. Exquisite plant portraits combine with an engaging narrative to capture the spirit of these delightful spring flowers that immortalize the work of early plant breeders, offer a tempting array of plant options to gardeners, and bring continuing pleasure to all.--INSIDE FLAP
The new perennial garden by Noël Kingsbury( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secret gardens by Jennifer Potter( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the sacred groves of Ancient Greece to the secluded outside rooms of Sissinghurst, Potter examines the history of secret gardens and highlights the timeless need for a space of your own. Case studies show how designs translate into reality
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Planting green roofs and living walls
Hybrid : the history and science of plant breedingDesigning with plantsNatural gardening in small spacesDesigning bordersGardens by designPlanting design : gardens in time and space25 best planting plansSeedheads in the garden
Alternative Names
Kingsbury, Noël

Noel Kingsbury britischer Gartenarchitekt und Gartenautor

Noel Kingsbury Brits tuinder

킹스버리, 노엘

English (188)

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German (2)

Danish (2)

Spanish (1)