Paper, 160 pp., $27.95
British author John Marder has three decades of experience in professional horticulture and has designed water-efficient demonstration sites in public gardens. In this text he discusses the science of water conservation in gardening, highlighting the importance of design and plant selection in order to conserve this natural resource. He points out that by improving soil structure, the gardener can make the soil more effective in supplying needed water to plantings. He illustrates these points through design plans, drawings, and photographs. In suggesting suitable plants for drier conditions, he provides an extensive listing of woody and non-woody plants for the gardener to consider, but unfortunately does not indicate their individual hardiness zones. In the chapter on planting and garden care, the author goes into great detail about the best method in soil preparation, when to plant, and how best to supply water to desired species, as well as to eliminate competitive weeds and grasses.
—Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden