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Beautiful American Rose Gardens

Dorra, Mary Tonetti

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ISBN 10: 060960080X / ISBN 13: 9780609600801
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover. Light scratches on DJ. Overall, a clean and tight copy to add to a collection or read and enjoy. Clarkson Potter, 1999. 1st Edition/1st Printing. Fine Book in Near Fine Dust Jacket. Price Intact. Dust Jacket protected with a new archival cover. Bubble wrapped and shipped promptly in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 057897

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Title: Beautiful American Rose Gardens

Binding: Hardcover; First Printing

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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A rose is a rose is a rose, but every rose garden -- and every rose gardener -- is unique. In Beautiful American Rose Gardens, Mary Tonetti Dorra, author of Beautiful American Vegetable Gardens, captures the special beauty of twenty-four rose gardens devoted exclusively, or nearly exclusively, to America's most beloved flower. Traveling from Maine to the Pacific Northwest, from Florida to California, Dorra not only discovered a variety of rose garden designs, but also a myriad of approaches to cultivation, depending on climate, garden size, location, and, of course, the gardener's favorite roses.

Roses, long considered to be impossible to incorporate into the landscape, here prove themselves to be durable rather than delicate, versatile rather than difficult, and in every case absolutely dazzling in their splendor. Working out the logistics of successive bloom and meeting the challenges of too much heat, too much cold, too much moisture, or too poor soil, each gardener has developed his or her own cultivation plan -- and a selection of their secrets is presented in Growing Tips from the Gardeners.

What is most striking about this celebration of the rose is the shrub's potential variety -- endless combinations of colors, from the purest whites to the brightest reds and oranges; of forms, from tiny Miniatures to towering, tree-engulfing Ramblers; and of uses, from military rows to sinuous free-form borders to startling accents in the middle of the woods. Every featured garden is a gem that will inspire: New England old garden roses, some descended from those the Puritans carried across the Atlantic; a Colefax and Fowler-designed Palm Beach garden; the butterfly-shaped garden at Boone Hall plantation in South Carolina; the French-inspired garden of  Maison Chenal in Louisiana; the astounding 350 varieties of roses grown in a garden in Spokane, Washington; and Dolores and Bob Hope's high-profile Hollywood garden.

With more than 250 color illustrations, Beautiful American Rose Gardens offers both intimate views of individual roses as well as bird's-eye views of overall garden designs. Tips from the owners, caretakers, and designers bring to life the fun, challenge, and joy that these gardens inspire. The garden plans and a thorough source list are a great starting point for new garden planners and an excellent reference for veterans. In all, Beautiful American Rose Gardens is an invaluable resource as well as a stunning tribute to America's favorite flower.

From the Back Cover:

"What a joy it was to plunge into the fabulous pages of Beautiful American Rose Gardens. As a designer and passionate lover of roses, I was naturally drawn to the visual feast of Richard Felber's photographs, but it was Mary Tonetti Dorra's text that held my attention . . . Thanks to Mary Dorra, I am now well-armed with advice for the care and nurturing of my roses."         
--Carolyne Roehm

"When you're as passionate about roses as I am, it's comforting to meet others similarly smitten. In Beautiful American Rose Gardens, Mary Dorra introduced me to some mighty stylish peers."
--Rayford Clayton Reddell, author of the Rose Bible

"A charming chronicle of 20th-century American rose gardens . . . a candid horticultural work that sparks the imagination and encourages experiments with rose growing."
--Dr. Tommy Cairns, president-elect, American Rose Society

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