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The Untouchable Tree: An Illustrated Guide to Earthly Wisdom & Arboreal Delights
The Untouchable Tree
An Illustrated Guide to Earthly Wisdom & Arboreal Delights
Hardcover      ISBN: 1602393389

An artist shares his love of trees with his brilliant paintings and thoughtful words. According to Peter Stone, "any book about trees can't help but be a book about people," and so his book is about our connection to the magnificence, the transcendence, and the essential nature of trees. Throughout human history, they have served as shelter and as symbol. And today, more than ever, our destiny is tied to theirs. The Untouchable Tree is a unique exploration of our relationship with these amazing plants. It covers everything from our exploitation of trees for material gain to our unique love of woodlands, parks, and forests. Peter C. Stone is an artist in the best sense of the word. His paintings and his words remind us of why we love trees and forests--and why they are important. 30 color illustrations.

Minnesota & Wisconsin Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers
Minnesota & Wisconsin Getting Started Garden Guide
Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers
Paperback      ISBN: 1591865700

Written by one of the region's most highly respected gardening experts, Minnesota & Wisconsin Getting Started Garden Guide is a plant recommendation guidebook geared exclusively toward gardeners located in these states. Author Melinda Myers shares her extensive gardening knowledge, highlighting her top picks for plants that will thrive in (or in spite of) the area's tough winters and other unique growing conditions, guaranteeing success for the gardener and home landscaper in Minnesota or Wisconsin. From soil and water to fertilization and pest management, Minnesota & Wisconsin Getting Started Garden Guide addresses all the gardening topics of concern to Minnesota and Wisconsin gardeners. Featured plant categories discuss annuals, bulbs, ferns and groundcovers, ornamental grasses, perennials, roses, shrubs, trees, turfgrasses, and vines. Each plant is showcased with detailed photography; specific advice on how, when, and where to plant; growing tips, such as watering requirements; and descriptions of routine care. Alongside these "nitty-gritty" aspects of planting and growing, Myers shares her inspiration for garden design, the various ways you can beautifully incorporate plants into your landscape, and her favorite cultivars and species. With proven, practical instructions presented through gorgeous imagery and adapted specially for the Minnesota and Wisconsin climate, Minnesota & Wisconsin Getting Started Garden Guide is your ticket to successful planting--whether you're in the Badger State or the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Trees of Minnesota Field Guide
Trees of Minnesota Field Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1885061390

Make tree identification in Minnesota even more enjoyable

Now tree identification is simple and productive.

  • 93 species--only Minnesota trees No need to look through dozens of photos of trees that don't grow in Minnesota
  • Fact-filled information and stunning, professional photographs
  • Easy-to-use thumb tabs showing leaf type and attachment and compare feature showing average tree height
  • Stan's Notes, including naturalist information and gee-whiz facts
The Minnesota Lawn Guide: Attaining and Maintaining the Lawn You Want
The Minnesota Lawn Guide
Attaining and Maintaining the Lawn You Want
Paperback      ISBN: 1591864151

The Lawn Guide Series takes the mystery out of lawn care and maintenance. The book describes how to properly plant, fertilize and water as well as recommendations on how to address the inevitable lawn problems.

Trees of Wisconsin Field Guide
Trees of Wisconsin Field Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1647550971

Learn to Identify Trees in Wisconsin

With this famous field guide by award-winning author and naturalist Stan Tekiela, you can make tree identification simple, informative, and productive. There's no need to look through dozens of photos of trees that don't grow in Wisconsin. Learn about 101 species--every native tree plus common non-natives--found in the state. Species are organized by leaf type and attachment. Just look at a tree's leaves, then go to the correct section to learn what it is. Fact-filled information contains the particulars that you want to know, while full-page photographs provide the visual detail needed for accurate identification.

Book Features

  • 101 species--every native tree plus common non-natives
  • Fact-filled information and stunning, professional photographs
  • Easy-to-use thumb tabs showing leaf type and attachment
  • Compare feature showing average tree height
  • Stan's Notes, including naturalist tidbits and facts

This new edition includes updated photographs, expanded information, and even more of Stan's expert insights. Grab Trees of Wisconsin Field Guide for your next outing--to help you positively identify the trees that you see.

Shrubs and Hedges: Discover, Grow, and Care for the World's Most Popular Plants
Shrubs and Hedges
Discover, Grow, and Care for the World's Most Popular Plants
Paperback      ISBN: 0760366845
A practical, ordinary person's guide to choosing, planting, and caring for the world's most popular plants, Shrubs & Hedges delivers all the know-how you'll need to grow beautiful, healthy shrubs.

Whether they're flowering shrubs or evergreen hedges, these long-lived plants fill a lot of space in our landscapes; yet they don't capture as much attention as perennials, annuals, and even trees. The front doors and picture windows of millions of houses world-wide are adorned by shrubs. Despite their ubiquity, selecting and maintaining shrubs remains a mystery to many. Shrubs are all-too-often inappropriately pruned into "meatball" shapes, or alternatively, left to become an overgrown tangle of branches. But as you'll discover in the pages of Shrubs & Hedges, when cared for properly, these workhorse plants have much to offer. They mask foundations, delineate property lines, increase privacy, stabilize soils, provide food for wildlife, and add beauty and interest to the landscape. It's time for shrubs to take center stage.

Shrubs & Hedges eliminates the ambiguities of shrub selection and care by offering:
  • Advice on how to pick the best shrubs for your growing conditions
  • Plant profiles of both dependable classic shrubs and new rising stars
  • Step-by-step propagation instructions for making more shrubs--for free
  • Shrub identification tips
  • A lesson on the value of hedges and hedgerows
  • The best shrubs for pollinators and other wildlife
  • Pruning illustrations and tips to maximize shrub performance and health
  • Tips for designing with shrubs
Drawing on her decades of experience in the plant-care and landscape industries, author and horticulture educator Eva Monheim proves you don't have to be a "gardener" to see the value in this extensive group of plants.
Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature
Your Guide to Forest Bathing
Experience the Healing Power of Nature
Paperback      ISBN: 1573247383

A beautiful and inspiring guide inviting us to seek out the trees and let the healing happen, both for us and for our beleaguered ecosystems. Grab this book and head outside -Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Simply being present in the natural world - with all our senses fully alive - can have a remarkably healing effect. It can also awaken in us our latent but profound connection with all living things. This is forest bathing, a practice inspired by the Japanese tradition of shinrin-yoku. It is a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature and an antidote to our nature-starved lives that can heal our relationship with the more-than-human world.

In Your Guide to Forest Bathing you'll discover a path--along with specific activities presented by Amos Clifford, one of the world's most experienced forest bathing experts--that you can use to begin a practice of your own. Whether you're in a forest or woodland, public park, or just your own backyard, this book will be your personal guide as you explore the natural world in a way you may have never thought possible.

Urban Arboreal: A Modern Glossary of City Trees
Urban Arboreal
A Modern Glossary of City Trees
Hardcover      ISBN: 1781317410

Travel the cities of the world alongside some of their oldest citizens, exploring the trees of Buenos Aires to Berlin, San Francisco to Sydney, in this visually stunning, modern glossary of our city trees.

Through finding a Kentucky yellowwood in Hannover, the 1,000-year-old olive trees in Athens or even the world's tallest trees that line the West Coast of North America, we come to learn the hidden histories of places that are wrapped up in these botanical giants.

Brought to life by beautiful artwork, Urban Arboreal is an ode to urban trees and the cherished place they hold in the hearts of city dwellers - not least because they are vital to the very air we breathe.

Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose: Pollinators - Herbs and Veggies - Aromatherapy - Many More
Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose
Pollinators - Herbs and Veggies - Aromatherapy - Many More
Paperback      ISBN: 1591866243

Sometimes called "Green Walls" or "Vertical Gardens," living walls are easier than ever to plan and grow Grow a Living Wall is the first wall-gardening book to focus exclusively on the needs of home gardeners.

Make your vertical garden environmentally friendly and sustainable. It's easy with author Shawna Coronado's help One of her themed vertical gardens is stocked mostly with flowers to make it a haven for bees and other pollinators. Other gardens are filled with vegetables and herbs so anyone with an outdoor wall can grow their own food - beautifully

Even more gardens promote aromatherapy or medicinal plants. Some are designed to provide a green net of air filtration near a living area, or to protect exterior walls from exposure to direct sunlight, which helps to keep the indoors cool.

In addition to the comprehensive, step-by-step information that explains the basics of vertical gardening, each of the 20 featured gardens has its own chapter filled with useful tips, stunning photography, and fascinating background stories that point out how much difference a small garden can make.

Like author Shawna herself, the gardens you'll find in Grow a Living Wall are positive, life affirming, and sure to produce a smile or two.

A Weed by Any Other Name: The Virtues of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love the Plants We Don't Plant
A Weed by Any Other Name
The Virtues of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love the Plants We Don't Plant
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807085529

Is that a weed? This question, asked by anyone who has ever gardened or mowed a lawn, does not have an easy answer. After all, a weed, as suburban mother and professional weed scientist Nancy Gift reminds readers, is simply a plant out of place. In A Weed by Any Other Name, Gift offers a personal, unapologetic defense of clovers, dandelions, plantains, and more, chronicling her experience with these enemy plants season by season.

Rather than falling prey to pressures to achieve the perfect lawn and garden, Gift elucidates the many reasons to embrace an unconventional, weedy yard. She celebrates the spots of wildness that crop up in various corners of suburbia, redeeming many a plant's reputation by expounding on its positive qualities. She includes recipes for dandelion wine and garlic mustard pesto as well as sketches that show the natural beauty of flowers such as the morning glory, classified by the USDA as an invasive and noxious weed.

Although she is an advocate of weeds, Gift admits that some plants do require eradication-she happily digs out multiflora rose and resorts to chemical warfare on poison ivy. But she also demonstrates that weeds often carry a message for us about the land and our treatment of it, if we are willing to listen.