I ordered this book after getting it at the Library. I had to have it! The book is so complete and informative that it replaced many of my gardening reference books. I don't think I would buy a shrub or tree without consulting my new Best gardening book.
I'm in the process of moving from the desert to the pacific northwest. This book helped me understand what to expect and how to plan my new garden in a completely different climate. The tone is casual but informative and clear. The remarks about the weather were obviously written by someone who truly loves and appreciates the region but has a sense of humor when it comes to some of the quirks of the weather. I would recommend this book to newcomers such as myself, and I can also see myself using it as a useful reference for years to come. Excellent resource for general information as well as for plant portraits.
It is clear that Hall, the author, has been doing diligent scientific research on Northwest Gardening. Yet, despite that fact that he's taken a scientific approach, his advice takes an-easy-to-understand, practical, common-sense approach. The text is organized both by chapter topic and my individual species. That is, you can read the book cover to cover for an excellent overview on all aspects of Northwest Gardening--or you can find you specific plant in the index and focus on that. I've applied the knowledge from this book in several ways--I've learned now why "Golden Jubilee" hybrid corn seed works so well in a Northwest low thermal environment, the advantages to furrowing Potatoes, and the