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Paperback Native Plants in the Coastal Garden Book

ISBN: 1552853314

ISBN13: 9781552853313

Native Plants in the Coastal Garden

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Updated and revised, this edition of the classic West Coast native plant gardening guide includes twice as many plant descriptions as the original book. With colour photographs and an updated resource... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Great advice for NW gardeners

Looking for a real look at the 'Nature of Natural Gardening' in the NW-then this is your book. In a very readable format, you are taken from what naturally grows here and why-then into how to enhance and embellish the natural flora and fauna. Regional references for geographic areas are given, so you can find your area defined. A truly wonderful book for those of us who appreciate what nature has provided for us to begin with and how to succeed with appropriate "revisions" that will flourish in these climatic conditions.

Thorough and thoughtful

This is a revised and updated version of a classic book about gardening with native plants in B.C and the Pacific Northwest. The writers, one with a strong belief in the role of native plants in ecological restoration, the other a botanist who spent 12 years as Assistant Curator in the Herbarium at the University of Victoria, have together produced the most useful book about the topic.Written with the gardener in mind (and a gardener who might not initially be knowledgeable about, or committed to, gardening with native plants) this book is both readable and packed with precisely focussed information.The book is in three parts. The first part, "Working with Native Plants" covers topics such as designing the garden, what to do about lawns, propagation and gardening for wildlife. I particularly liked the ideas for hedges - eliminating rows of pyramidal cedars and planting native deciduous shrubs. Even, dare I say it, a hedgerow of mixed native shrubs, which would make a more useful wildlife corridor. The second section, "Plants and their Habitats" picks up the theme of plant communities and their cultural requirements, describing in detail forest, shoreline, mountain habitats, etc., and native plants that would grow well there and be valuable to wildlife. The third section is a regional source guide, suggesting sources for plants, further information and education in both Canada and the US. Throughout the book each chapter has plants lists and a generous reading list.The writers, while offering a vast amount of information, are aware that many gardeners will want to move towards this kind of gardening gradually, and the book is full of suggestions for doing this. There are so many reasons for using native plants - for starters they maintain and restore our heritage of local plants and help sustain wildlife. But for those who wish their gardens to be avant garde the writers point out that native plant gardening is the leading edge of gardening today and that the focus is moving away from colour (bright beds of annuals) and towards more emphasis on form and texture. This book will help all Pacific Northwest gardeners have more trouble-free, ecologically responsible and leading edge gardens.

Packed with fine material

Gardeners in the Pacific Northwest have a fine revised, updated edition of April Pettinger and Brenda Costanzo's Native Plants In The Coastal Garden to enjoy: when first published in 1996, its focus on native plants was revolutionary and filled a need for basic information: this new edition includes updated facts. From using native plants in new ways to locating nurseries and designing a native garden, this is packed with fine material.

Go native.....

This book suggests lovely alternatives to the typical plants that we see so often now in most Northwest gardens. The author suggests many lovely native varieties that will make your garden every bit (perhaps more so) as beautiful than the more common imported varieties. Many nurseries now carry a pretty good selection of native plants. Leave behind what I call highway plants (you know, the ones you see planted by exits) and discover the beauty of Northwest natives!
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