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Gardening with Grasses Hardcover – Illustrated, February 1, 1998

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"...for thoughtful guidance and solid advice on growing ornamental grasses, you could do no better..." -- Ethel Fried, Journal Inquirer, November 2, 1998

"...one of the most inspiring garden plant and design books to come out of the growing interest in naturalistic gardening." -- Brian Maynard, HortScience, April 1998

"...the book is at the forefront of the new naturalistic planting trends...it provides visual inspiration and new ideas." -- Gardens Illustrated, January 1998

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Dutch
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881924113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881924114
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tom Krischan on December 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm writing this review to balance out all of the 'great' reviews this book has received. The book is okay, but it is not a great reference book. It has several faults:
First, the book is suppose to be about grasses, yet 25% of the text discusses garden flowers.
Second, many of the photos are cluttered or blurred. There were few species specific photos that displayed a single clear crisp grass variety.
Third, the book rambles and takes the long way to discribe a simple observation. Some readers will enjoy this style, but it's not for me. I want something that gets to the point.
Fourth, the species reference (called 'Selected Plant Catalogue'), is sparse and dated. For example, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam' is covered in just three words, 'outstanding variegated form'. Gee ... somehow I was expecting more information. There is not one photo of Overdam in the entire book. Likewise, there is no photo of Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'. These are two very popular grasses to have been leftout.
On the positive side, there are some neat winter photographs of grasses, and the book contains some useful information (but it is difficult to find it when you need it).
This is the kind of book that you're suppose to sit and read from cover to cover. A pleasure reading book. Not what I do with garden books, I read them rather like an encyclopedia - and this is not a good choice for a reference book.
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By A Customer on August 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I must say, I am astonished that this book has recieved the positive reviews that it has. I bought this book with the intent of gaining knowledge in the area of designing with grasses. I read it from start to finish and found that the entire text consisted of rambling, repetative, generalizations that were devoid of any substantial content. I was completely shocked that the authors would dare publish such wishy-washy material.
In addition, many of the photos are out of focus and the corresponding descriptions are often incomplete. The descriptions of specific grasses are very brief and many very popular grasses are not included at all.
I have never been more disappointed with a book purchase of any kind on any topic.
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An excellent text on the subject of ornamental grasses. The authors acknowledge that ornamental grasses are only a part of the landscape, and they address the other types of plants that work well with them.
They approach the subject from a landscape design frame of reference, how to work grasses into your garden. This information is usually only available through your own trial and error. King and Oudolf take out the guesswork. What puts this book a step above all others about the same subject is that it informs its readers how to plant in combination with other perennial flowers. The 161 color photos and very thorough coverage of ornamental grasses and their companions make this the most complete package you could buy for incorporating these graceful, ornamental features into your design.
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We are a Landscape Design/Build firm specilizing in using ornamental grasses in our design concepts. We have found this book to be an excellent sales tool to show clients how the mature grasses will look in their L/S design. The text is extremely informative and gives a good basic knowledge of grasses to the novice. The photos are stunning.
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