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Gardening in the Lower Midwest: A Practical Guide for the New Zones 5 and 6 Hardcover – September 22, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (September 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 025332811X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253328113
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,320,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heilenman, garden columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal, has written a guide to gardening in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 and 6, specifically, upper Kentucky; all of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois; lower Iowa; all of Missouri; and the lower parts of Wisconsin and Michigan. She tags these areas with the unflattering label the "Zombie Zones" because they can have some of the most pronounced temperature swings in the country. While Heilenman presents basic gardening techniques and personal plant preferences in a breezy writing style, her book is similar in scope to two other regional gardening guides: Roger Vick's Gardening Plains and Upper Midwest (LJ 12/90) and Rachel Snyder's Gardening in the Heartland ("Regional Gardening Books and How They Grow," LJ 12/93, p. 83-86). An optional purchase for Midwest gardening collections; for an inspiring photographic treatment of 22 Midwestern gardens, seeded throughout with plant recommendations and gardening tips, Pamela Wolfe's Midwest Gardens (LJ 1/92) is still unmatched.
Virginia A. Henrichs, Chicago Botanic Garden Lib., Glencoe, Ill.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

DIANE HEILENMAN is gardening columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patricia H. Stevenson on July 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a "must own" for every newer gardener in the lower midwest states, i.e., Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. Even seasoned veterans will appreciate the information provided in this book. Originally, I had planned to use the library's copy, but when I started to bookmark every page, I realized that purchasing my own copy was the only reasonable and considerate option. Ms. Heilenman shares her hands-on experiences without flinching at the sometimes harsh realities of the weather, and she describes the plants that grow well, as well as those that have failed. Her dry humor, for example when noting her personnal failure with a plant that her colleges seem to grow with ease, is amusing. The book has only a few photographs (they are in color), but it did not deter me from making use of her advice. This is, as far as I know, one of the very first midwest regional gardening books, and it is still, in my opinion, one of the very best. The contents are straight forward, practical, and emanently readable. And considering the pricetag you can't do better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith M. Kerr on July 12, 2008
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Most gardening books are written for the wonderful British climate. The extremes of the Midwest make for a different approach. The info in this book addresses these differences in climate and also varieties of plants that will do well. I was so glad to find this book.
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By Ilona on September 5, 2013
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The paperback book is typical in all ways. Helpful for Midwest gardeners, but not my favorite reference book. I find I don't use it as much as I'd hoped when I ordered it.
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Diane Heilenman used that term to describe this changeable, challenging growing area long before the zombie rage. I'm surprised that IU Press has not issued a new edition of this 1994 treasure. But it was published around the time the USDA last revised its zones, so much of what is presented still stands, with some mental adjustments for the changing weather scene. As a Texas gardener studying up before a move to Indiana, I am learning a great deal that should save me some $$$ and horticultural heartache. The author writes informatively and with a terrific sense of humor, and she's not preachy the way many gardening writers are. The only improvement I could suggest would be the addition of more photographs. C'mon IU Press, collaborate with the author for a revised edition!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1996
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I live in Kentucky and have found this book to be an excellent source for tips on how to better your gardening skills in the Lower Midwest part of the country.
A must for all Kentucky gardeners!

Doug Wedding
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