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The Natural Habitat Garden Hardcover – March 15, 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Druse ( The Natural Shade Garden ) and Roach, the gardening editor for Newsday , survey gardens all over the United States that focus on native plants; together, they "traveled around the country, seeking instruction not just from nature's aesthetic side, but from the actual workings of the nation's dwindling reserve of wild places." The result, endowed with the scrupulously detailed and decidedly deep tones of Druse's photographs, introduces--and urges--appealing ideas into American gardens. There is, for example, the prairie simplicity of Dick and Marsha Krueger's garden in Wisconsin, where a conventional lawn gave way, in part, to wildflowers. By contrast, a visit to the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Wash., reveals "grandeur in decay"--the abandon of spreading moss on emergent tree roots, and deer fern bulging up from shady spots. The authors also scope out desert gardens in Arizona; New England landscapes backed by familiar maples; and wildlife that tends to thrive with renewed vigor when a garden goes native again. Also included are planting advisories and practical information, such as a source guide and suggested reading list.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This book provides useful inspiration and ideas about how gardens can fit local environmental conditions. In the gardens that Druse celebrates, inputs in terms of chemicals and even time are at a minimum. Nonetheless, in this book, Druse is not a strict organic gardening enthusiast, since he does suggest using chemical herbicides in some situations. This book does not provide much in the way of specific design advice, and the only information about how to actually begin a garden bed is in the short appendix at the end of the book. Instead of being a garden design book, this is more a picture book, a celebration of the effects one can achieve when focusing on native plants.