Plants

Garden Plants of China

Author: 
Peter Valder
Publisher: 
Portland, Ore.: Timber Press
Publication Date: 
1999
ISBN: 
0-881-92470-9

cloth, 400 p., $49.95

While classical Greece may have inspired models for Western philosophy, government and drama, China is the motherlode for ornamental plants. Imagine the absence in our gardens of crabapples, peonies and wisteria. If you are greedy for cultural and horticultural history, this artful book will alter your coffee table into a shrine.

Volume: 
2
Number: 
6

Designing With Plants

Author: 
Piet Oudolf with Noël Kingsbury
Publisher: 
Portland, Ore.: Timber Press
Publication Date: 
1999
ISBN: 
0-881-92437-7

cloth, 160 p., $34.95

Louis XIV would likely not have approved of the current crop of Northern European landscape designers. Their mission, as observed by Noël Kingsbury, is to introduce nature to urban environments and encourage a stronger connection between nature and the garden. Piet Oudolf, one of the most visible plantsmen and designers, proposes "the creation of something that changes through the years, even from day to day - the opposite, in fact, of a frozen garden. A garden that shows the cyclical nature of the gardening process is one that has emotion and mood."

Volume: 
2
Number: 
5

Plants

Author: 
Ontario Science Centre
Publisher: 
Buffalo, N.Y.: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: 
1998
ISBN: 
1-550-74395-3

paper, 32 p., $5.95

Designed to give young people a head start in science, Plants uses photography and color illustrations to tell a basic story about plants. Sections in this book deal with seeds, recycling, backyard gardening, leaf hunts, hydroponics, composting and other topics. For parents and teachers, there are questions and answers, along with a glossary. This book is a good hands-on guide to encourage children and their parents to begin to exlore plants by gardening.

Volume: 
2
Number: 
4

Taylor's Guide to Growing North America's Favorite Plants

Author: 
Ellis, Barbara W.
Publisher: 
Boston: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
1998
ISBN: 
0-395-765535-8

cloth, 342 p., $35.

Following the high standard set by previous Taylor's Gardening Guides, Taylor's Guide to Growing North America's Favorite Plants provides the novice and avid gardener another valuable resource. Over 80 genera and hundreds of species primarily consisting of perennials, annuals, biennials and bulbs are included in this "how-to" gardening guide. Gardeners can use the 400 color photographs to identify their favorite garden plants or see how the plants can be used in the landscape.

Volume: 
1
Number: 
1

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