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DES 40

Planting Guidelines for Public Spaces

Marten Finger and Geoff Edwards

This note DES 40, originally published in November 2000, was reviewed by Geoff Edwards in September 2005. This summary page includes recent updates to the topic since publication.

This note explains some principles of landscape design and ecology for the guidance of design professionals and managers proposing to establish plantings in public spaces, such as municipal parks, reserves and
roadsides.  These areas are here collectively termed 'reserves'.  The note does not address gardening in private spaces such as home gardens, where a more eclectic, less functional design style can be accepted.  The
species mentioned are relevant to the eastern States, but the principles apply throughout Australia.  The note has an urban focus.

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