Native Ferns, Moss & Grasses

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A series of beautiful, concise guides for growing and propagating native North American plants.

William Cullina's fresh and informative take on identifying and caring for native plants comes full circle in Native Ferns, Moss, and Grass, the third book in a series (which also includes Wildflowers and Native Trees, Shrubs and Vines) that combines encyclopedic information about North American species with practical instruction. Cullina notes that ferns, moss, and grasses are the green canvas for colorful blooms: they bring a level of refinement and sophistication that no flower can match, and no garden is complete without them. Native Ferns, Moss and Grasses offers a thorough discussion of plant hardiness, and for each species the natural range, type of soil, and habitat in which the plant thrives is indicated. The book concludes with complete information on where to buy featured plants and suggested species for various uses and spaces.

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William Cullina, nursery manager and propagator at the Garden in the Woods, the famous showplace headquarters of the New England Wild Flower Society, has been passionate about plants since he was a child. He has traveled extensively in the United States and Canada, studying and photographing plants. His very wide interests include collecting orchids (one thousand miniature epiphytes), making wheel-thrown stoneware, and building furniture from wood he has cut and turned to lumber himself. He writes for the major gardening magazines and is in great demand as a speaker.

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Reigning over a trove of native flora at the New England Wild Flower Society, Cullina directs his expertise primarily to conservation, research, and education while bringing artistry to the horticultural realm of the society’s Garden in the Woods. In previous books, Cullina dealt with wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and vines. His latest effort looks at the panoply of textures available to the gardener who wishes to incorporate ferns or mosses into a shady, woodland setting or perhaps needs help selecting grasses for a sunny meadow. Cullina stresses the importance of each native plant’s genetic makeup as he guides readers to an understanding of hardiness factors from coast to coast, invasive species, and the effects of global warming. For the keen gardener or nursery professional, the book should prove an invaluable and authoritatively selective resource, with listings that provide common names, natural habitats, and cultural requirements as well as Cullina’s lively plant descriptions and personal musings. --Alice Joyce

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