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This series of short, easy-to-digest essays by noted garden writers Springer (The Undaunted Garden) and Proctor (Herbs in Pots) addresses the horticultural needs of gardeners in difficult climates, discussing design, "challenges" (dry shade, deer, underused plants), the seasons, and "perspectives" (favorite tools, gardening while pregnant). Most of the essays are personal in approach and specific to either Proctor's urban garden in Denver or Springer's new sprawling rural landscape. Gardeners in Colorado and similar high and dry states will value the wealth of practical advice and commiseration in dealing with this challenging but rewarding environment. But the book's appeal is not limited to the West; the text is bursting with good ideas and the joy of growing and designing with plants. Highly recommended for most public libraries.DBeth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., VA
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"Full-color book explores every facet of gardening. A book for everyone, it would look almost as lovely on a pristine glass coffee table as it would sprinkled with dirt next to you in your garden." —Garden and Greenhouse magazine

"Bursting with good ideas and the joy of growing and designing with plants. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

"Whether sharing process, making us think, or simply making us laugh out loud, Lauren and Rob encourage us to share their passionate approach to gardening." —Ann Lovejoy, author

"Readers throughout North America will gain from the wit and wisdom of these two passionate gardeners." —Pacific Horticulture magazine

"Rob and Lauren are the Sonny and Cher of horticulture. Witty, entertaining, and knowledgeable, they are divas in their own right. These two passionate gardeners live and work theirpassion and this book describes it." —Chris Woods, director Chanticleer, a pleasure garden

Foreword Magazine Book of the Year

American Horticultural Society Annual Book Award

Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist

Quill and Trowel Award




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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing; First Edition edition (June 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555913482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555913489
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alan Tower on November 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Passionate Gardening, specifically the photos and text contributed by Lauren Springer, is the best single source of inspiration for gardeners in the Rocky Mountain states. Though Lauren's solo work, Undaunted Garden, is perhaps more comprehensive and detailed, Passionate Gardening has dazzling photos of her current garden and is a blueprint for a spectacular success in difficult climates.
I own a nursery and I am a garden designer. I see many projects that are appropriate for xeric or rock garden applications. Whenever I show the customer Passionate Gardening, the response is universally, "I want to make my garden as beautiful as that one." Lauren introduces us to plants that are hardly household names (yet), and teaches us specifically, practically and clearly how to use them. Lonicera korolkowiii 'Floribunda'
may not be known to you, but you will have no doubt how to use it when you finish this book. And since that is one of the few blue leaved deciduous shrubs, you may very well have the perfect place for it in your landscape.
There is no better read than her books for those of us in cold and dry climates, and even a southern Florida subtropical gardener could glean important ideas about approaching design and color/texture combinations. Enjoy!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book contains short, well written and inspirational gardening essays. The brevity of the essays makes it easy to pick up and read a section whenever you have a few extra minutes. 'Tho it is written more for a western audience, the passion for gardening, good advice, and beauty of the book is transferrable to any region. I appreciated Lauren Springer's more relaxed emphasis on gardening, and got some smiles from Rob Proctors's humor: On slugs: "I gave up saucers of beer [for slug control] fearing that slugs from miles around would spread the word that I threw a nightly kegger." On variegated leaves: "It's been creeping up on me, over the years, like crow's feet and love handles. At first I was in denial but it's time to face facts: I've succumbed to variegated madness." On vines: "Some gardeners look upon vines with distrust; perhaps their twining, creeping, twisting ways unleash something subconscious, something Freudian." On advice: "There's not much point in saying 'Holy cow, that Artemisia 'Valerie Finnis' has choked out half your herb garden,' when the gardener is painfully aware of the problem. It's all in the approach: a better one might be, 'Can I lend you a goat?'" On learning Latin names: "One shy exchange student from Switzerland had finally come up with the nerve to identify a particular pine he recognized: 'Pinus rigida,' he said confidently, with a completely different pronunciation of the first word than any of us Americans had heard except in human-anatomy class."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2001
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A gardening book which can be read on many levels. There is an incredible amount of information, but it can be digested in manageable bites. Short essays on many subjects. But. . best of all, the book gives you hope that you, too, can create and maintain a wonderful, yet personal garden. This one spent the winter on my night stand!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carol C. Papas on September 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While I agree that specifics in the book are geared for western climates, the ideas and humor will appeal to most gardeners. Don't buy it as a "how-to" book, there are plenty of those around. Buy it for inspiration a la (the late)Henry Mitchell and Anne Lovejoy. The book has excellent examples of unusual color palettes for the gardener ready to venture beyond "pink, blue and white".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By allanbecker-gardenguru on January 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Passionate Gardening: Good Advice for Challenging Climates

Authors: Lauren Springer and Rob Procter

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN 1-55591-348-2

The concept of the Westerner in American culture, conjures up the image of a friendly and unpretentious person. That explains the feeling one gets when reading this book. Not only is the style of writing informal but also, the gardens illustrated are bereft of the formality we often see and read about in British garden books. More than just a book about gardening, this publication is a window into the unabashed joy of getting down and dirty in the garden and the sheer pleasure of the physical energy expended in doing related chores.

The authors' respective gardens are located in a challenging locale. Gardening in Colorado forced them to adjust their expectations and needs to the extremes of the Western climate. They share with us their experiences and the advice that grew out of dealing with a harsh climate. To understand the authors' take on gardening, one needs to understand the obstacles they tried to overcome. These challenges included heat, drought, hail, blizzards, clay, sand, weeds, slugs, grasshoppers and raccoons.

. This book is a collection of no less than one hundred and sixteen short essays, or mini topics. It is not a "how to" book. Each essay covers a different aspect of gardening in a challenging climate and is dedicated to discussing the topic from the point of view of two friendly Western gardeners. It is the charm of the authors that makes this book such an enjoyable read; they have a lot of fun doing what they love.
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I was pleasantly astonished to discover that the authors chose to address the eternal problem of the rude visitor.
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