316 pages, 104 color photos, 1 table, 12 line drawings
From the publisher's announcement:
Few gardens can transport visitors to wild and rugged landscapes as well as rock gardens. Eye-catching rock gardens are among the most challenging - and satisfying - expressions of the gardener's craft. A true rock garden is a specialized habitat that allows the gardener to grow plants that do not flourish anywhere else. This book offers the first comprehensive treatment of building rock gardens in all parts of North America. Topics covered include rock placement, materials, and planting and maintenance. Variations on the rock garden theme, from planting troughs to creating water features are also discussed. The book presents regional styles and techniques and profiles a dozen public rock gardens from Oregon to Newfoundland. More than 100 inspiring photos accompany the lively text.
These hands-on gardeners write not just for specialists, but for beginners, too. -- Sally Ruth Bourrie Oregonian 20031023 The aspiring rock gardener will find chapters filled with advice from the bright lights of the rock-gardening world ... The writers' enthusiasm for the subject matter will inspire some to start a rock garden from scratch and inspire experienced gardeners to enhance an existing design. -- Alice Joyce Booklist 20031015 Rock Garden Design and Construction is the first book on the subject to attempt to serve gardeners in all parts of North America, and we are in debt to the North American Rock Garden Society for this fine contribution to the literature ... the novice and advanced gardener are both well-served by this new reference. Pacific Horticulture 20031106 This is a very personal book, despite the fact that it has 40 authors, all of whom...are experts in their fields, and their love of plants shines through their worlds. -- Patricia A. Taylor Trenton Times 20040425 The scale of projects varies from extensive areas to small troughs and "rock gardening on a balcony," while a section on design basics and materials incorporates a fund of warnings and wisdom. Newcastle Journal 20040609 Lovely examples of berm, scree, and xeric gardens, both public and private, with a welcome emphasis on the aesthetics of integrating these various contrivances, from rock outcroppings to expanses of gravels, into the larger garden picture. Horticulture 20040609 Relies on the expertise of more than 40 members of the North American Rock Garden Society. The photographs are excellent and quite tempting, particularly in the variety of styles shown. -- Ann Milovsoroff Royal Botanical Gardens Newsletter 20040509 Though its pages are graced with more than 100 color images-many showcasing exquisitely conceived and executed rock gardens-this is by no means a mere coffee table book, but rather a treatise that covers every aspect of rock gardening, from sitting and construction to plant selection, culture, and ongoing maintenance. -- Barry Glick American Gardener 20040414 Comprehensive. Perennials 20040711 Well-conceived guide on the development of rock gardens in different regions of the country and on widely diverse sites. -- Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Garden 20040707 The information is all there...excellent and quite tempting. -- Ann Milovsoroff Royal Botanical Gardens Newsletter 20040331 A comprehensive foundation for building rock gardens in all parts of North America. Michigan Gardener 20040709 Lovely, informative and useful. -- Rachel Shaevel E-Streams 20040616 This is a book I have read cover to cover and expect to read many more times. -- Carmel Tysver Garden North 20040930 This is a book I have read from cover to cover and expect to read many more times. -- Carmel Tysver Gardens North 20040908 Full of ideas for rock gardens of all kinds and sizes and for every climate. -- Marty Ross St. Louis Post-Dispatch 20050610 Reading like a Who's Who of those that have attained 'guru' status in the world of rock gardening, the contributers' list alone would be reason enough to garner a space on your bookshelf for Rock Garden Design and Contruction. ... Shattering the myth that you have to be an expert plantsman to have a rock garden, the basic thought that I was left with after reading the book was that anyone could have a rock garden anywhere. -- Barry Glick American Horticulturist 20060701 The book is indeed a treasure trove of ideas, full of accessible, down-to-earth information, useful for novices and experienced rock gardeners alike. -- Ethel Fried Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer 20070224
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