Since 1990, Scott Chaskey has worked as a land steward and farmer for the Peconic Land Trust at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, New York, an organic community farm. Over the years, he has recorded his meditations on weather, wildlife, soil, seed, root, plant, and flower, and in "This Common Ground," he has organized some of these reflections season by season, through the course of one year on the farm. Chaskeyas observations reflect a doeras respect for the rhetoric of the fields and a firsthand knowledge of the interdependence of soils, plants, animals, and humans. His contagious sense of wonder and artistic sensibility illustrate why planting and reaping are such an important part of what defines the human community and the human condition.
Like Joan Gussowas "This Organic Life" or Verlyn Klinkenborgas "The Rural Life," this inspirational evocation of a life spent working the earth is certain to become a classic of nature writing, as well as appealing to todayas burgeoning organic lifestyle audience.
- Type of plant
- Life cycle
- Geographic distribution
- Growing habit
- Foliage type
- Cold-hardiness (using USDA hardiness zones)
- Flowering time
- Garden habitat
- Botanical author
- Medicinal or toxic properties
- Cut flower use and/or decorative fruits
- Fragrance value
- Endangered protection under CITES
- Vernacular name in up to three languages, with cross-references to Latin names
Filled with color photographs and essential information for growing all types of bulbs suitable for the prairie garden, Best Bulbs for the Prairies is an excellent resource and an inspiration for gardeners of all interests and skill levels.
Features details on bulb selection and planting, spring, summer, and fall-blooming bulbs, growth cycles, landscaping with bulbs, naturalizing, container gardening, fertilizing, charts, illustrations, and more.
A major figure in the development of garden design, Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) did not set out to make gardening her career. In her late teens she had enrolled as a student at the Kensington School of Art, a bold step for a young lady in mid Victorian times. Her deteriorating eyesight compelled her to abandon almost entirely her favourite occupations of painting and embroidery. She had always loved flowers, and friendship with gardening neighbours had encouraged her interest. A meeting with the young architect, Edwin Lutyens, led to his designing a house for her at Munstead Wood near Godalming in Surrey, and to a fruitful partnership in which Miss Jekyll planned the gardens of houses built by Lutyens. Her great contribution to horticulture was that she translated gardening into terms of painting in her use of colour and of light and shade. She brought to garden design an artist's good taste, a knowledge of rural tradition and a respect for craftsmanship, especially the architect's craft, which so marks her work with Lutyens.
About the author
Betty Massingham, a horticultural researcher and journalist, was the author of a full-length biography of Gertude Jekyll.
Easily Identify the Ferns You Find
Enjoy learning to identify ferns with this guide from authors Anne Hallowell and Barbara Hallowell. With this handy, easy-to-use book, you'll be able to identify a wide variety of ferns in no time. And its small size makes it just right for fitting into your pocket or pack when you go for a hike or a walk in the woods.
- Provides information to help you identify native ferns that grow in the United States Midwest and Northeast, as well as eastern Canada
- Uses a dichotomous key, like other plant guides in the Nature Study Guides Finders series
- Leads the user step-by-step through a series of choices, culminating in the identification of the species
- Includes a large number of illustrations with line drawings
From cultivating plants that are on the international endangered list or already extinct in the wild, to avoiding invasive species, gardeners can play a vital role in conservation. A groundbreaking reference for both plant enthusiasts and gardeners, Plant is a new-generation encyclopedia designed to provide environmental and horticultural information for anyone concerned about the planet's biodiversity.