From the Back Cover
"A useful and novel reference. . .There is nothing else quite like it."--Harrison L. Flint, Professor of Landscape Horticulture, Purdue University. Which Schrubs grow best in indoor malls? Which Decidious Trees can tolerate the high heat and air pollution of a southwestern urban plaza? Which Evergreens thrive despite the roadway salt spray of a northern suburban winter? Mammoth in scope yet easy to use, this unique reference summarizes and categorizes key facts about the common and not-so-common woody plants available to Norther American Landscape designers. It classifies more than 3,600 native and exotic trees, shrubs, and vines by environmental suitability, aesthetic qualities, cultural requirements, and design uses. Through 10,500 photographs and a dazzling easy-search format--the print equivalent of an exceptionally well-designed CD-ROM--North American Plantfile will ensure that you select the right plants for every landscaping project, every time.
About the Author
Gary Hightshoe is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University and an acknowledged expert in plant materials. His book Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America has won many honors, including first place in the research category in the annual American Society of Landscape Architects awards program. Mr. Hightshoe works with small Iowa communities in the design of wetland, prairie, and savanna landscapes for education and recreation benefits. He received the GovernorÕs Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the State of Iowa in 1995. Harlen d. Groe is a practicing landscape designer with an M.L.A. degree in Landscape Preservation. He is coauthor of the book NatureÕs Heartland: Native Plant Communities of the Midwest, which won the National Arbor Day FoundationÕs Book award in 1994. Mr. Groe has contributed photography and design graphics to many landscape exhibits, reference books, and research publications. He is a temporary instructor at Iowa State University where he teaches plant identification and design. Mr GroeÕs work in historic documentation/preservation for the Historic American Building Survey and Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) and the Library of Congress has appeared in preservation books and reports and in the American Society of Landscape Architects national magazine.