paper, 196 pp., $29.95
A native midwesterner, landscape designer Patricia Hill is familiar with the challenges of midwestern climate and soils. In this colorfully illustrated work, she provides some strong incentives for creating natural gardens that highlight the beauty and sustainability of native landscapes. Her design plans, with photographs of plant material, decorate the pages of this user-friendly guide. Organized by design purpose, such as entranceways, borders, and woodlands, the chapters contain descriptions of individual designs with her critique of suggested plant materials. Unfortunately, the author uses botanical nomenclature only occasionally, preferring common names. These terms may not be familiar to all readers.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden