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Gardening with Clematis: Design and Cultivation Hardcover – Illustrated, September 15, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; First edition (September 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881926442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881926446
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beutler's ability to conjure word images of clematis colors and forms growing with all sorts of other plants is impressive ... There are abundant ideas for ways to use clematis throughout the garden."—Ethne Clarke, American Gardener, May/June 2005

Book Description

The carefully chosen clematis can't be equaled when planted in the right situation and pruned in the right way, but horticultural horrors can ensue when beginners (or experts) overreach and force plants where they do not belong. Linda Beutler provides instructions for newcomers and master gardeners alike on plant selection, cultivation, and design, and debunks a few myths along the way. With a distinct nod to the wonderful traditions for growing clematis in the British Isles and Europe, she may be the first author to provide a distinctly American perspective.

More About the Author

Coming soon! Longbourn to London

Written before The Red Chrysanthemum, Linda Beutler's next book of Jane Austen Fan Fiction was actually her first: Longbourn to London. It is an expansion of that to which Jane Austen gave short shrift, the official engagement of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Precious few details are given of the betrothal period of her most beloved couple. We know that Mrs. Phillips becomes tiresome, our dear couple write letters to their families, and Elizabeth demands a reckoning of when Darcy began to love her. But beyond that, we have no notion of how they survived the Meryton social whirl that would have embraced them as a marvelous curiosity. Was there an awkward first kiss? How did the inquisitive Elizabeth manage her nerves as the wedding night approached? What were the details of the marriage settlement? To what heights of hysteria did Mrs. Bennet rise, as she arranged for the wedding of not one, but two daughters? How did Mr. Bennet escape the turmoil, or did he?

Consider Longbourn to London neither as a sequel nor a "what-if" diversion from the Pride & Prejudice plot, but rather an expansion of a small but intriguing portion of that wonderful tale of the blossoming of love and self-awareness for two fascinatingly complex characters.

Available NOW in Amamzon's Kindle store, The Red Chrysanthemum by Linda Beutler, (Meryton Press. 2014 IPPY WINNER, Silver Medal for Romance, Independent Publishers Association.

Linda Beutler is an Oregon native who began writing professionally in 1996 (meaning that is when they started paying her...), in the field of garden writing. First published in magazines, Linda graduated to book authorship in 2004 with the publication of Gardening With Clematis (2004, Timber Press). In 2007 Timber Press presented her second title, Garden to Vase, a partnership with garden photographer Allan Mandell. Now in 2013 Linda is working with a new publisher, and writing in a completely different direction. Funny how life works out, but more on that in a minute.

Linda lives the gardening life: she is a part-time instructor in the horticulture department at Clackamas Community College, writes and lectures about gardening topics throughout the USA, and is traveling the world through her active participation in the International Clematis Society, of which she is the current president. Then there's that dream job--which she is sure everyone else must covet but which she alone has--Linda Beutler is the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, which is located at Luscher Farm, a farm/park maintained by the city of Lake Oswego. They say to keep resumes brief, but Linda considers Garden With Clematis her 72,000 word resume. She signed on as curator to North America's most comprehensive and publicly accessible collection of the genus clematis in July 2007, and they will no doubt not get shut of her until she can be carried out in a pine box.

And now for something completely different: in September 2011, Linda checked out a book of Jane Austen fan fiction from her local library, and was, to put it in the modern British vernacular, gob smacked. After devouring every title she could get her hands on, she quite arrogantly decided that, in some cases, she could do better, and began writing her own expansions and variations of Pride and Prejudice. The will to publish became too tempting, and after viewing the welcoming Meryton Press website, she printed out the first three chapters of her book, and out it went, a child before the firing squad. Luckily, the discerning editors at Meryton Press saved the child from slaughter, and Linda's first work of Jane Austen-esque fiction, The Red Chrysanthemum, will, God willing and the creek don't rise, be ready for publication in September 2013.

Linda shares a small garden in Southeast Portland with her husband, and pets that function as surrogate children. Her personal collection of clematis numbers something around 230 taxa. These are also surrogate children, and just as badly behaved.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Greg Speichert on September 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for the beginner and the experienced I couldn't put it down the information was practical. You can tell this is written by someone that actually grows these. The photos are great I longed for more of them. The chapters are nice you don't have to wade through the text to find what you are looking for. I liked the chapters on pairing the clematis with other plants that act as the support. This was inspired I get really tired of clematis on the trellis routine. I think every gardener that has grown or wants to grow clematis would benifit from this book. I sure did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Robinson on March 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have very much enjoyed this book. Clearly, the author grows clematis and is an avid fan of them. She doesn't talk down to the reader, but offers plenty of advice in a breezy, conversational manner. This is no plain catalog-like listing of as many cultivars as possible with barebones information. This is a book to read. This book can get a new clematis grower grounded.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila M. Anderson on July 16, 2011
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This is a wonderful book for clematis lovers! I didn't even realize I was a clematis lover until I read this book. Many of my gardening books I use for reference only, looking at only the pictures for inspiration or checking out only the chapters that apply to my gardening situation. But "Gardening with Clematis" I actually read cover to cover! The author is living in the Pacific Northwest and that fits my local as well. I highly recommend this book to beginning gardeners as well as experienced gardeners, you won't be sorry!!!
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Clem G.McGardens on April 7, 2005
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I had great hopes for this book; hope that it would be the first REAL book about clematis for the North American grower. Don't bother. The author's style is too casual and cavalier. There isn't even one really new cultivar. She should have stayed with photography. By the way, I have a HUGE clematis garden. Trust me. I own every book ever written about clematis!!
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