America's Garden Book There are very few garden books that have lasted like America's Garden Book—and with good reason. Since its first edition in 1939, the book has been specifically geared to North American backyard, do-it-yourself gardeners and their particular needs. The Plants More than 3,000 plant recommendations are listed throughout the book. Chapters devoted to specific types of plants go one step further, offering multiple listings based on the particular merit and special growing habits of certain plants. Appropriate plants for every garden situation are offered from disease-resistant climbing roses, water lilies for pond gardens, or rock garden plants. The Techniques There are instructions for constructing various paths, walls, steps, and grading structures. Detailed plans are included for naturalizing a prairie, constructing compost bins, and arranging indoor lighting systems. The Photography More than 1,000 photographs illustrate everything from more than 60 roses to the step-by-step of dividing a lily root clump. Each chapter contains scores of identification photographs to help the home gardener choose the ideal plants for the garden.
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America's Garden Book In print since 1939, America's Garden Book has been a time-tested reference for generations of American gardeners. For the fourth edition, more than 1,000 full-color photographs have been added in addition to new chapters on environment-specific gardening. Thorough revisions have been made to keep up with current developments in horticultural practices, and new recommended plant varieties for virtually every garden contingency are included. In keeping with previous editions, the focus of the book remains on backyard gardeners and the challenges that go along with gardening in a limited space. Special attention is paid to low-maintenance plants and gardening techniques that allow for more time to be spent enjoying the garden as opposed to working in it. The new edition is particularly timely as the average American gardener has become more sophisticated and environmentally conscious. New chapters have been added on gardening by the sea and city gardens. Other chapters have been expanded with information on prairie gardening, water and bog gardening, container gardening, vegetable gardening, and gardening indoors. Almost every chapter contains list after list of recommended plants for different types of soil, for amounts of light, by height, by color, and even by fragrance. The expertise of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of the most acclaimed botanic gardens in the country, was utilized for the complete modernization of the book. Up-to-date information is combined with beautiful photography to illustrate the new look of the "American Garden." Now, the do-it-yourself gardener can find all the information needed in one volume.About the Author:
HOWARD S. IRWIN, general editor, is both a professional botanist and a lifelong gardener. After two decades of expeditions to Brazil classifying tropical plants in his youth, he was, at different times, president of the New York Botanical Garden and Clark Botanical Garden, a former division of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Currently, he gardens in Truro, Massachusetts.
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Book Description Macmillan General Reference, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0025179713