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  • Unknown Binding
  • ISBN-10: 0585314446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0585314440
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,746,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TRACY DISABATO-AUST



Has earned international acclaim as one of America's most entertaining and knowledgeable garden writers and professional speakers. She has extensive experience in the United States, and abroad working for over 30 years in the industry, speaking for over 25 years and designing for over 20 years.



Her experience includes stints at Longwood Gardens in the U.S., The Montreal Botanical Garden in Canada, the Kalmthout Arboretum in Belgium, and Knightshayes Court in England. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from The Ohio State University.



Her first book The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, which has been referred to by many as 'the bible for perennial maintenance', has sold over 150,000 copies and has become Timber Press' best selling book in their 25 year history of publishing. Now available in a beautiful expanded edition.



Her second book The Well-Designed Mixed Garden, which has sold over 30,000 copies, brings her trademark exuberance, expertise, and efficiency to bear on frequently daunting elements of garden design demystifying them with her direct approach. Tracy is a gifted and award winning designer who combines artistic vision with practical horticultural strategies.



Tracy's followers now welcome her long awaited newest book (2009)'50 High Impact, Low Care Garden Plants: Tough but Beautiful Plants Anyone Can Grow which features easy care dynamic selections for our busy lives.



DiSabato-Aust is a frequent guest on national garden television and radio gardening shows. She is a vibrant speaker, and in great demand nationally and internationally, on the lecture circuit. Venues include New Zealand & Australia Landscape Design Conferences, England's Royal Botanic Garden-Kew, England's Royal Horticulture Society Garden- Wisley, The English Gardening School, The Oxford Botanic Garden The Smithsonian Institute, The Perennial Plant Association, numerous botanical gardens and professional association meetings.



Tracy has contributed articles or been featured in numerous national and international magazines, books, and newpapers. Magazines include: Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Design, & Gardens Illustrated (London, England. The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph in London, England, and The National Post, Toronto Canada have all published articles on Tracy. She has appeared on several gardening television shows including, Way to Grow & Smart Gardening. She is a frequent guest on Martha Stewart Radio.When Tracy is not busy with horticulture adventures she is training and racing as an 'All American' at the national and world's level in triathlons and duathlons.
Please vist my website tracylive.com for fun and informative articles, blogs, books, photos on gardening and triathlons.

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186 of 186 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a book that doesn't just identify the plant but tells you what to do with it once it is in your garden!Tracy DiSabato-Aust writes in detail about the particular characteristics of each plant, growth patterns and how to maintain the good health and look of each plant. Easy to follow language and excellent descriptions of how to prune, prepare soil and where it thrives best make anyone feel like a professional. I also appreciate the author's personal comments about what she finds most appealing about each plant or how she has used it in her various landscaping projects. The accompaning photos and diagrams show clearly how to prune, before and after pruning, pruning techniques described, landscaping from raw patch to full grown beauty and more. This book was recommended to me by the hortalculturalist at our favorite perennial farm who had a well worn copy on his desk. I have given this book to three other perennial gardeners and continue to receive raves about its helpfulness. If you already have an encyclopedia of perennials, this is the next one for your library and garden!
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119 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Dee on October 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As an avid reader and passionate gardener, I have to tell you this is a great book....simply a must for your bookshelf. The book begins with a thorough explanation of soil preparation and some basic ideas on designing with perennials and then gets right to the the heart of it's real message...teaching innovative perennial pruning and maintenance techniques...not only the hows but the whys as well. If that isn't enough there is a very good perennial plant encyclopedia with each plant's maintenance regimen described fully according to the procedures we have just learned. This is cutting edge (please excuse the pun) gardening, but is based on common sense and patient observation. We are encouraged to get out in our gardens and watch how our own plants grow and then how they respond to our care... or lack of it. New gardeners will learn their skills the right way and us old dogs will just have to learn a few new tricks!
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97 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Tom Krischan on September 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The book is composed of three main sections. The first section has 104 pages of garden advice and technique: 26 pages are on soil discussions, bed preparations, and maintenance factors. 12 pages on planting techniques, mulching, and fertilizing. 10 pages on pests and disease. 56 pages on pruning, deadheading, thinning, staking, division and seeding.
The second section is an encyclopedia of 179 perennials (about 100 pages). Each perennial is described by growing zone, common name, scientific name, size, and flowering season. Each plant contains a paragraph or two about pruning, maintenance, and related plants. The majority of the plants listed grow in zones 4-8.
The third section of 50 pages contains the appendix, glossary, and index. Information covers 4 pages on ornamental grasses, 8 pages on monthly maintenance planning (broken down by what to do each month), 36 lists of recommended perennials for specific growing conditions, USDA zone map, 5 page glossary, 2 page bibliography, and a 13 page index by plant name.
The book also includes informative photographs. 64 full color pages of garden designs, techniques, and planting ideas. Each picture is captioned by a descriptive comment identifying what technique or characteristic is being shown in the photograph.
This is a great book for the beginning gardener, and even the garden expert might learn a thing or two. It contains clearly described gardening techniques, maintenance advice, planting recommendations, an encyclopedia of common perennials, photographs and a glossary. The book is filled with solid information and comments gained from garden experience. No fluff here.
An excellent garden technique book. Especially useful for the beginning perennial gardener. A great buy!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Haldy on February 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best written on how to handle prennials. I meet Tracy at a seminar on here book and practices at Longwood Gardens in 1998. I have spent more then 10 years in the feild of Landscaping and we go by her book as reference. We have even used her book with customers. Last year for Christmas I bought the book for every member of my staff. I most truely recommend this book even for the beginner starting out. Keeping the world bright and beautiful Michael S. Haldy Landscape Owner
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book not only helps you select the best perennials for your garden, but goes into detail about how to keep your garden looking its best. I think it is better suited to the more experienced gardener, however, because in most cases the Latin names are used as opposed to the common names that most beginners are familiar with. It has great appendices, naming perennials suited for particular situations. In the photo section there are neat "before and after" pictures. The author is honest about a plant's shortcomings such as high maintenance. It is a definite "must have" for serious perennial gardeners.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By BoiseNoise on August 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book would probably be great for beginners, but I found it disappointing. (Admittedly, I bought it immediately after having heard Tracy Disabato-Aust speak at a local gardening seminar, and her very interesting presentation had already covered most of her ideas, making it rather pointless to read the book.)
The book presents two useful and rather novel ideas: pruning the outer stems of some plants to a lower length than the central ones to give a better floral display, and pruning to delay bloom times. The encyclopedic section of the book details which plants respond well to this sort of treatment (and to deadheading). It also includes the basic type of cultural information that can be found in most plant catalogues or reference books.
Here's the problem: whenever I come home excited about an unusual new plant that I have just purchased and look into this book to try to find info about how to care for it, my new plant is NEVER to be found in this book. The book covers only basic, run-of-the-mill type plants about which cultural information already abounds.
In sum, then: if you are a beginning gardener, you may find this book very helpful . . . but if you like to try new and unusual plants, don't expect to find information about them here.
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