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No longer a technique just for apartment dwellers or novice gardeners, the use of ornamental containers on decks, patios, terraces, and in the garden itself can save time, space, and money, while offering experienced home gardeners unique creative challenges, site flexibility, and experimental fun. Author and award-winning horticulturist Ray Rogers takes you on an engaging exploration into basic design principles as well as how to create focal points, use water, exploit the potential of empty containers, and more. Stunning photographs by Richard Hartlage provide guidance and inspiration, as well as visually explaining each principle.
Lifelong gardener Ray Rogers worked at arboretums, nurseries, and horticultural societies before turning to a career as a garden editor and writer, working on more than 40 garden titles. He has also written for The American Gardener magazine, Green Scene, and American Cottage Gardening and is coauthor of The Philadelphia Flower Show: Celebrating 175 Years. Rogers has appeared on a variety of radio and TV programs, including Martha Stewart Living, and has taught in the George Washington University Horticulture Program. While acting as an independent contractor for a specialty nursery, he continues to pursue his horticultural interests as a home gardener, as an amateur hybridizer of Hippeastrum (amaryllis), and as an award-winning botanical exhibitor. He lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey.Photographer and horticulturist Richard Hartlage was director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Gardens in Seattle, where he initiated the popular "Great Plant Picks" program, and is currently a partner in Dietz/Hartlage Landscape Architecture. He designs for private and public clients around the country, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Horticulture, Traditional Home, Pacific Horticulture, Garden Design, and gardening magazines in Japan and Europe. His photographs and articles appear regularly in Fine Gardening, the Seattle Times, and other horticultural magazines, while his images have been featured in two books, Bold Visions for the Garden and Plant Life: Growing a Garden in the Pacific Northwest. Richard lives in Seattle, Washington.