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The Native Plant Primer: Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers for Natural Gardens Hardcover – November 21, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1st edition (November 21, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517592150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517592151
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A comprehensive, region-by-region guide to selecting and gardening with exceptionally beautiful, easy-to-care-for, ecologically beneficial native North American plants. The definitive reference for an important new concept in gardening. 4-color photographs.

More About the Author


Carole Ottesen, who gardens in Maryland and Cape Breton, attended the University of Wisconsin and the Universitaet Heidelberg in Germany and spent a decade as an artist before embarking on a career of garden writing and photography. In addition to a column in the Potomac Almanac, she translated garden books and contributed to periodicals including Flower and Garden, American Nurseryman, Hortus (Britain), Garden Design, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, House Beautiful, Organic Gardening, and Martha Stewart Living.

After working on the Time-Life garden series, she joined the staff of The American Gardener from 2001 to 2004 and continues to contribute to that magazine. She also served as garden editor for Washington Home and Garden magazine .

Her garden books include The New American Garden (Macmillan, February, 1988), Gardening with Style, with Graham Rose and Peter King (Bloomsbury Press, Britain, 1988), Ornamental Grasses, The Amber Wave (McGraw/Hill, October,1989; paperback, 1995), The Native Plant Primer, (Harmony, 1995), The Herbal Epicure: Growing and Cooking Plants that Heal (Ballantine, February, 2001) and the Guide to Smithsonian Gardens, March 2011.

Dying for the Christmas Rose, June 2012, is her first garden mystery.
Coming--hopefully in late 2012--will be Murder House.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1998
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This book gives an excellent overview of horticulturally useful and interesting plants native to North America, particularly the United States, and the number of species described is very extensive.
The pictures give an excellent idea of the plants described in the text. The text is also very helpful, providing not only the expected information pertaining to cultivation but also engaging observations by the author concerning the plants described.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EternalSeeker on September 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in wildflowers, natural habitats, or just plain curious about what this country has to offer you and the world in native plants, this is THE BOOK. It has become my resource of first choice whenever I need data about native plants (and as a professional garden writer and environmental landscape consultant, this is frequent). Everything you need whatever your level of garden experience to plan a landscape of any size including native plants. Great ideas for problem sites, too!
Clear, easy to understand, divided by geographic region in the front, and by plant type in the plant list section (annual, grass, shrub, etc.)in the back. Packed with info and a wealth of well labeled photos, plus mature plant dimesions, soil requirements, wildlife interest and even fall color notes! Outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janey on October 20, 2011
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A very good reference book for those who are intersted in nataive plants.
I hope this is the best and biggest gardening trend!
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