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Book on Landscape Terracing: Building Garden Terraces

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The author distinguishes between a number of terracing models, based on their function or location on the landscape. His photos of garden terraces will inspire readers to build terraces of their own.

Update: This book is currently out of print. As an alternative, I suggest reading Building Stone Retaining Walls. The DIYer can terrace a slope by building the kind of small retaining walls described in that article.

If you still wish to learn about Inspirational Terracing (in case, e.g., you find it in a used book store someday), continue reading below.


  • Beautiful photos of terracing.
  • Useful distinctions between various terrace types.


  • Minimal discussion of design considerations.


  • This book is a guide to landscape terracing, or garden terraces.
  • What landscape terracing is good for: aesthetics and efficient use of space....
  • Aesthetically, terraces can take a flat stretch of land and break it up, for visual interest....
  • Or terracing can turn an unusable slope into usable land, suitable for flower gardens.
  • Garden terraces can also hide house foundations, functioning like foundation plantings of shrubs.
  • Terraces can later be planted with flowers, functioning like raised garden beds.

Guide Review - Book on Landscape Terracing: Building Garden Terraces

Paul Nordmark's book, Inspirational Terracing, is a fine source of ideas for how terraces can turn a barren landscape into an Eden. A picture is worth 1000 words, and this book says a mouthful about the versatility of garden terraces. It’s packed with thought-provoking pictures, including before and after photos. Building a garden terrace is, by its very nature, a hands-on endeavor, however; much is left to your own “inspiration.” But if you have a knack for design and are used to the planning and problem-solving demanded by hardscape projects, Nordmark's stunning photos alone will be enough to put you on the right track.

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