Gardening with Stone: Using Stone Features to Add Mystery, Magic, and Meaning to Your Garden

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"Stone is eloquent, and it speaks in many voices.
For gardeners stone is an infinitely suggestive material, rich with poetic, philosophical, and artistic meaning."— Jan Kowalczewski Whitner

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Stone is an important, though often overlooked, element of creating the perfect garden. Stone can combine with plants and water in an infinite array to bring us landscapes that range from the serene and contemplative to the boisterous and exuberant. While much has been written about plants and water in the garden, only scant attention has been paid to stone. Jan Kowalczewski Whitner, whose previous gardening books include Stonescaping: A Guide to Using Stone in Your Garden and Northwest Garden Style, finds this an injustice.

"Stone is eloquent, and it speaks in many voices," says Whitner. "Some of our most imaginative gardeners have used stone to transform ordinary plots of land into the cumulatively rich and evocative landscapes we all hope to create." With photographer Linda Quartman Younker, Whitner travels across America, exploring some of the most imaginative uses of stone in gardens ranging from orderly formal gardens to relaxed and cozy cottage plots.

While this is a beautiful book, and would look great on the coffee table, it is also meant to be useful. A good deal of the book is devoted to specific types of stones and stonework, such as using gravel or working with outcrops, with accompanying lists of plants that work well with each. The final section of the book takes a more detailed look at a few of the most imaginative and evocative gardens in which stone takes center stage. With so many great suggestions and so many inspirational photographs, you're sure to pick up a few ideas for your own garden. --Perry M. Atterberry

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Jan Kowalczewski Whitner is an author and editor specializing in garden design, history, and preservation. She has written several books, including Stonescaping and Northwest Garden Style, which was published in conjunction with a PBS program of the same name, also written by Whitner. Another program written by the author, "Hypertufa Trough," was nominated for an Emmy award. Whitner gardens in Seattle, Washington. Linda Quartman Younker is a freelance photographer whose work has appeared in numerous gardening and children's books, including Northwest Garden Style, Growing Herbs, What Is a Cat, and Where Do Horses Live, among others. She has contributed to magazines and newspapers such as Parade, House Beautiful, the Seattle Times, and Sunset. Younker's work has been exhibited in Washington State and Italy. She lives with her family on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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