cloth, 316 p., $29.95
Among the most challenging of specialty gardening is the rock garden. A successful one requires its curator to have an intense interest in the subject and an ability to overcome natural barriers to its existence. In this publication by the North American Rock Garden Society, its editor, Jane McGary, has organized the personal experiences shared by 37 contributors into a well-conceived guide on the development of rock gardens in different regions of the country and on widely diverse sites. Both the glossary and text clarify terms connected with this specialty. An annotated bibliography provides information on relevant literature in the field.
Rock Garden Design and Construction is divided into several sections, with chapters covering design principles and materials, structures and containers, and examples of different types of rock gardens, both private and public. The accompanying illustrations tempt all gardeners, even “flatlanders,” to replicate these gardens on their home grounds. Undoubtedly, the reader will gain a greater respect for the work, range of knowledge, and dedication required of a gardener who undertakes such a project.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden