snoqueen wrote:Sustainable Landscape Construction by J. William Thompson and Kim Sorvig.
This one (their second edition -- the first edition came out in 2000) strikes a balance between practicality and visionary ideas. Lots of detail about cool stuff like LED's in landscaping (how about hundreds of little low-voltage twinkle lights in your landscape instead of spotlights?), detail about the dark sky and silent landscape movements, interesting uses of water, use (or avoidance) of environmentally polluting materials, the effect of landscaping on other species, and the movement back toward hand labor in quality landscape maintenance in preference to environmentally questionable machinery.
Just out of curiosity - are you reading this for general interest or professional interest? I have the first edition on my bookshelf, along with a litany of other sustainable landscape design reading, to keep me sharp career-wise. If you're in a design field, it's good to see a focus on this. If not a design professional, very cool choice of reading material!