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“For anyone, from newbies to experts. . . . There’s much to learn in The New American Landscape.” —Kirkus Review

“A good choice for gardeners with a wide range of experience—new growers and veterans alike will be able to learn something.” —Library Journal

“It may sound strange, but after reading this book, this reviewer felt that it seemed overdue. . . . An interesting blend of academics, prominent landscape horticulturalists, nursery workers, and designers. . . . lead readers through a diverse discussion of how sustainability can enter and improve gardens. Recommended.” —Choice

“A radical revamp of how we approach yard care.” —Chicago Tribune

“Practical, clearly organized, and well-illustrated, this will be a great resource for gardeners of all levels of expertise.” —Reference and Research Book News

“Both passionate gardeners and those interested in the environment will find [this book] an invaluable resource for better understanding today’s hottest topics in sustainable landscape practices.” —Pacific Horticulture

“Some of the most balanced and thorough writing about sustainability issues in the landscape that I’ve seen.” —MattGoesGreen.com

“This how-to guide clearly demonstrates how gardeners’ sustainable practices can positively shape our shared environment.” —The Dirt

“It’s an impressive range of talent, and the subjects they write about affect gardeners everywhere.” —Kate Campbell’s Word Garden

About the Author

Thomas Christopher, a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, has created gardens for clients for forty years. He is the author of many books, including Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (April 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604691867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691863
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, I am pleased with this book. Chapter 2, Managing the Home Landscape as a Sustainable Site, is excellent. I do have a quibble with the Guidelines and Performance Benchmark 2009, esp. the section on water. There is a description of saving 50% and 75% of water...but the comparison is to evapotranspiration of a cool season grass. This is a particularly low bar as it can be achieved by switching to a warm season grass and under-irrigating. Additionally, it has nothing to do with actual water use. (I've been involved in water issues since 1974). My observation is that many people switch to so-called drought tolerant plants and keep irrigating the same as before. Whenever we add irrigated acreage, we are increasing water use; unless we switch to reclaimed or use grey water at home which does not increase potable water use. It's like buying at the grocery store and being told you saved money. No, you just spent money. So my concern is that this may not be sustainable at all here in the southwest. However, the chapter is otherwise excellent.

There is a controversy regarding the use of pesticides explored in this book.

I especially liked the chapter on gardening sustainably with a changing climate.

I would give it five stars except for the water issue.
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Collection of chapter writings by various thinkers and doers on the sustainable future. All good, some very good. The writing is reader friendly, concepts presented in clear fashion. I am only about four years into permaculture study and I am finding a real affinity with some of these authors and my own vision. Authors are informed of climate change, microbiology, plant guilds, water use. Reading this book is helping me to synthesize and pull together my concepts of what I wish to build for curriculum content with my educational farm (middle school/high school targeting),a work in progress. This book could also be used as a starting point for studies in sustainability, to help one identify their particular area of interest to pursue. Very good resource lists too.
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I highly recommend this book to those interested in gardening in an environmentally responsible way. There are eleven chapters, all by different authors,emphasizing native plants and sustainability. There are lots of photographs and illustrations. The authors all are obviously much smarter than I am, and the chapters have a bit of a textbook feel, but the book is easy to read, extremely interesting and practical for the home gardener.
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This is a great book with well-written, thoughtful articles by a variety of leaders in the many facets of sustainable gardening and living. It provides an in-depth look at the reasons and the ways we can all make a difference.
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