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Prairie-Style Gardens: Capturing the Essence of the American Prairie Wherever You Live Hardcover – October 13, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (October 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604690038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604690033
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Native plant specialist Steiner (the Landscaping with Native Plants of series) explains how to capture the essence of the prairie in any landscape in this accessible, attractive, and comprehensive guide. The American prairie is unique to North America and integral to the balance of an ecosystem that includes plants, bees, butterflies, and essential microscopic organisms, and Steiner defines the differences in prairie ecosystems and offers in-depth descriptions of their plant populations. She guides readers through creating both large-scale prairies ecosystems and prairie plants on small urban lots that adhere to zoning codes. The book is lavishly illustrated, containing a treasure of prairie flowers and grasses, common and scientific names, growth habits, silting needs, maintenance, companion uses, and other helpful information. The usual climate zone map and sourcing aids complete a valuable book certain to attract eco-minded gardeners. (Oct.)
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”A practical guide that focuses on the native grasses and perennials that do best in a back yard.”

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“Especially useful is the author’s advice on how to make prairie plants work in a typical urban or suburban setting.” 

(Publishers Weekly)

“Lavishly illustrated, containing a treasure of prairie flowers and grasses, common and scientific names, growth habits, silting needs, maintenance, companion uses, and other helpful information.” (starred review)


More About the Author

Lynn Steiner has been a professional garden writer since 1987, focusing her writing since 2003 on native plants and how to bring them into home landscapes. As a popular speaker she travels extensively, visiting natural areas, native plant landscapes, and botanical gardens wherever she goes.

Lynn is the author of several books on using native plants in gardens and landscapes. "Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota" was a finalist in the 2006 Minnesota Book Awards in the Science and Nature Category. "Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan" was named a Michigan Notable Book for 2007. "Rain Gardens: Sustainable Landscaping for a Beautiful Yard and a Healthy World" was published in February 2012. She also helped develop, wrote, and provided photographs for "The Complete Guide to Gardening" series, ten regional gardening books published in 2012 by Creative Publishing International.

Lynn grew up in northeastern Wisconsin, where she spent many enjoyable hours hiking and camping in the north woods. She has a Bachelor of Science in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in horticulture with a minor in agricultural journalism from the University of Minnesota.

Lynn lives with her husband, a golden retriever, and two cats on a 100-year-old farmstead in east-central Minnesota, where she enjoys tending her gardens, watching the progress of her restored prairie and oak woodland, and hunting for native plants in the surrounding countryside.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on October 29, 2010
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I just purchased this book and could not put it down. Since I have not read any of the author's other books, I don't know how this book compares. I read half the book in a day.

I did learn alot about prairie gardens, from selecting, establishing, caring for and understanding them more. And it is very doable in any garden setting, from an empty field to a very formal garden. A prairie garden can be as small or as large as you want it, based on the time that you want to put into it. Like any garden, there is some work involved in maintaining a prairie garden.

There are lists of plants for different types of prairies settings from very dry areas to moist areas, and the last half of the book is very detailed descriptions and pictures of prairie flowers and some of the grasses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sherlock on March 7, 2011
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This is a very comprehensive guide to use prairie plants from small habitat gardens, to yards to acreage...the plant profile has superb photos; habitat requirements; hardiness; landscape use and assorted cultivars. Beautiful photographs help to inspire ideas. Good for novice and experienced growing - this is not a book that just sits and looks pretty -- it will be well worn from carrying around your yard and prairie. Wonderful
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ButterflyGuy on February 26, 2011
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This book has a lot of great information on using native and prairie style plants in your garden and larger areas. Since I specialize in butterfly gardens I would have like to seen a bit more information on which plants are host and nectar plants. It does have specific information for specific plants and you can learn a lot from this book.
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it is high summer and the garden is demanding right now. This book is just what I was looking for. It has wonderful information and copious color photos of flowers and plants, just the inspiration needed to continue converting the front yard from lawn to water-conserving prairie natives loved by birds and butterflies. This book will be a permanent one in my library. It's a delight.
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