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The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes Hardcover – Illustrated, April 1, 2007
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Taking a broad view of gardening with grasses, Darke acknowledges the ornamental attributes that enhance private plantings and looks at the myriad possibilities for using grasses in natural areas and public landscapes. A notable photographer, Darke includes more than 1,000 entrancing photographs to illustrate grass family members, from grasses and sedges to rushes, restios, and cattails. Issues of sustainability and ecology color Darke's thoughtful approach. International travels take him through Japan and houses thatched with miscanthus to a railway line in Pennsylvania where he documents switchgrass emerging from granite walls. A presentation of the botany, aesthetics, and design potential of grasses advances the concept of gardening with these plants. Each plant entry includes advice on maintenance, cultivation, and nomenclature implements^B as well as descriptions of characteristics and cultural requirements. Darke's impressive achievement should stand as the definitive resource for grasses for some time to come. Alice Joyce
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“What a beauty. Rick is one of the best of all time; passionate about gardening and plants, so talented and a good guy. Really knows his grasses.” —NPR
“Darke’s accuracy in listing and describing ornamental grasses reflects his scholarship on the subject. . . . The subject is overwhelming to cover in one reference, but Darke has done it with great clarity here.” —The Washington Post
“A scholarly encyclopedia of ornamental grasses, the most comprehensive and well-researched book on the subject, and one that will remain the most important reference on ornamental grasses for decades.” —BBC Gardens
“Just what the plant doctor ordered. It’s a tonic for the eyes with more than 1,000 color photographs.” —Newsday
“Darke’s impressive achievement should stand as the definitive resource for grasses for some time to come.” —Booklist
“A wealth of ideas and information. . . . A plethora of design ideas.” —SciTech Book News
“It is ever so much more than just big and beautiful. It is comprehensive, up-to-date, and mature. Darke shows us grasses. . . as bonafide denizens of the modern garden and, further, places them in the forefront of the movement to develop ecologically functional, ‘natural’ landscapes.” —Pacific Horticulture
“There’s a new love song to grasses, and its notes range up and down the entire scale, from the highs of a grass’s simple, natural beauty, to the lows of the cultural requirements to grow each one successfully. . . . Darke completely supercedes his previous book.” —Garden Design Online
“The detailed descriptions of ornamental grasses and evocative examples of their use in the landscape offer something for gardeners of all levels of expertise and experience.” —American Gardener
“Opening chapters discuss the global significance, botany and beauty of grasses. Design, cultivation and maintenance are also detailed. The massive plant encyclopedia describes hundreds of different grasses. . . . with specifics to help gardeners select the most appropriate grasses for their conditions and help nurseries decide which ones to stock.” —LA Times
“What a beauty. Rick is one of the best of all time; passionate about gardening and plants.” —Homegrown
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It's everything you want to know about Ornamental Grasses and more. Very, very complete reference source. Maybe be a bit too much for a average gardener, but if you love grasses and gardening -- this is an excellent book.
I'm planting several varieties of grasses this year, mostly miscanthus, and find the information
and great photos to be exactly what I wanted in a reference book.