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Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East
Gardeners, with all good fortune and flora, are endowed with love for a hobby that has profound potential for positive change. The beautifully illustrated Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East approaches landscape design from an ecological perspective, encouraging professional horticulturalists and backyard enthusiasts alike to intensify their use of indigenous ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Rutgers University Press
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Despite the deniers of climate change, our environment is changing in so many ways. I agree, admire, and respect Carolyn Summers' argument that non-native plants are negatively affecting our environment. In this book, she does an excellent job explaining why we should avoid invasive non-native plants in our yards and gardens. I did wonder about her rejection even of widespread nonindigenous, like Queen Anne's Lace, which have been present in our environment for centuries. She presents native ...more
This superb little book has increased my understanding of and alliegance to the use of indigenous (not simply "native") plants in landscaping. The author seamlessly explains the specific needs of wildlife that are related to the indigenous plants, and how even small additions or subtractions of indigenous species affect the population of wildlife in the area. The only "complaint" I have is the lack of color photos; that's probably because I'm such a visual processor due to so much visual media. ...more