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Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants Hardcover – June 12, 2002
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Nursery manager and propagator at the Garden in the Woods of the New England Wild Flower Society, Cullina has written a companion to his excellent The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada. Here he covers trees, shrubs, and vines native to temperate North America. A brief introduction covering general cultural information and how to use the book is followed by the "Encyclopedia of Plants," arranged alphabetically by genus, then species. Each genus entry introduces the genus and includes culture, uses, attraction to wildlife, and propagation methods. The following species entries contain USDA hardiness zones, soil type, native region, size, and flower season and color, ending with a descriptive paragraph. Color photographs complement the text. The final section explains propagation methods in general, then gives detailed information, by genus, on the best way to propagate each. Appendixes include plants for specific sites/uses, native alternatives to potentially invasive exotic species, sources of native plants (nursery propagated), native plant societies, and botanical gardens/arboreta featuring native plants. Cullina's writing is a pleasure to read beautifully descriptive, informative, and personal. His useful, authoritative work is highly recommended for North American libraries. Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Essential. . . written in lively, informative language. . . an inspired effort and loaded with useful information. (Native Trees, Shrubs, & Vines) offers information that is considerably more helpful and interesting than the facts one finds in most plant reference books." - Green Bay Press-Gazette
"(Bill Cullina) writes with a clarity and liveliness that makes you want to keep reading. . . his descriptions make (Native Trees, Shrubs, & Vines) hard to put down." - The Oregonian
"Outstanding." - Denise Cowie, syndicated garden columnist
"'Must have' for any gardener who is concerned about the environment." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Cullina's writing is a pleasure to read - beautifully descriptive, informative, and personal. (Native Trees, Shrubs, & Vines) is highly recommended." Library Journal Starred
"A useful tool for both novice and accomplished gardeners." - Science News
"(Native Trees, Shrubs, & Vines is) an important book for professional nurserymen. Cullina also writes so well that this is the rare encyclopedia that can be read for pleasure. This handsome well-designed volume is an excellent value." Boston Globe
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Bill (can I call him that?) understands there are just as many amateur gardeners as there horticulturalist. In this book, he struck a balance with both audiences. For instance, I'm not a big fan of Latin plant names: I prefer to know the background of a plant, what it needs to thrive, its purpose, etc... When I look up a plant in this book, I get so much more. This makes the informative process extremely enjoyable as well as educational. Bill also gives phonetic spelling of the plants. It helps when you go to the nursery you'll feel less intimated by those who seem to speak Latin.
For instance, I just bought 5 Artemisia plants to go with purple coneflower, Salvia, Russian Sage, etc... Looking Artemisia up in Native Trees Shrubs and Vines, I found out it is actually sagebrush (tumbleweed) from the wild west as well as the extreme hardiness of the plant, its background, how to cultivate it, use it, etc... The style of the writing made the process extraordinarily enjoyable.
PS: I've been meaning to write a review of this book for 2 years now. When I read about Artemisia a few minutes ago, it compelled me to leave the garden to write this review. I can't say enough about this book other then it's one of my top 3 favorites on gardening. I actually took 10 minutes out of a beautiful Sunday morning to write this review. Now, it's back to the garden & Bill's book for me :-)