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Pocket Guide to Ornamental Grasses (Timber Press Pocket Guides) Paperback – Illustrated, August 1, 2004

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Darke's voice is one of the most authoritative and pleasing to read in the world of horticulture, and in this small-format compendium on myriad grasses, his exceptional photographs provide an alluring complement. As availability of new species and cultivars continues to increase at an amazing pace, gardeners require updated resources. In this handy guide, Darke extends the material and research from his Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses (1999), adding descriptions of the most current plant choices. The use of ornamental grasses in garden designs has greatly beautified and enlivened personal and public landscapes in recent years. Darke's latest effort, including a source list, provides essential and helpful advice for selecting and cultivating a breathtaking range of grasses for every situation. Alice Joyce
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"A thorough, scholarly handbook that's valuable for identification and information."
—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, August 20, 2005 (The Washington Post)

"It's the perfect size for trips to the nursery and provides quick reference to help you 'weed' through the varietal fields of grasses."
—ohn Bagnasco, Garden Compass, April 2005 (Garden Compass)

"This easy-to-use pocket size edition of colorful ornamental grasses with color photos taken by the author is a great help to any gardener planning on adding them to the garden design."
—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener, November 2004 (National Gardener)
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Product Details

  • Series: Timber Press Pocket Guides
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881926531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881926538
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Henry Berry on September 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
TIMBER PRESS POCKET GUIDE TO ORNAMENTAL GRASSES by Rick Darke. Timber Press, 133 S.W. Second Ave. - Site 450, Portland, OR 97204-3527. 2004. 226 pp. $19.95 flexible hardcover, ISBN 0-88192-653-1. color photographs, glossary, index.

Over 330 bright, sharp color photographs illustrate as many different kinds of ornamental grasses. The grasses are cataloged alphabetically. But 32 categories preceding the encyclopedic catalog group the hundreds of kinds according to different characteristics. A few of these are clumping ornamental grasses, cool-season ornamental grasses, ornamental grasses for cut flowers, ornamental grasses for dry sites (and woodlands, dry shade, fragrance, etc.), and ornamental grasses for movement in breezes. Ornamental grasses are becoming increasing popular with today's gardeners because of their textures, variety, and adaptability. And because, as the numerous photographs show, they make for attractive gardens and landscapes that do not appear overly manicured. Darke is a landscape design consultant who has won awards in the field. His "Pocket Guide" is a ideal reference for anyone interested in ornamental grasses, particularly gardeners at all levels.
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I checked this book out from my local library in order to preview it before buy it on Amazon. I was not disappointed which comes as no surprise especially since I am one of the fortunate ones who, about 10 years ago, had the chance to study Ornamental Grasses at Longwood Gardens with Rich Darke. He knows his stuff. The book is well written, concise and intespersed throughout with the author's personal observations on specific genera and individual species. Excellent photography supports the text. Rich Darke is one of the best garden/horticultural writers of his time. I also highly recommend another of his books, "The American Woodland Garden" for his well written prose and the ability to articulate the beauty and nuances of each scene photographed as well as a plant's more endearing or not so endearing aspects. Stunning photography.
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The author writes from a very strong background gained from having planted many of the ornamentals described and photographed in this excellent book. There is much helpfull detail that greatly aids the reader in selecting plants.
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A compact, down-to-earth :-) compendium of ornamental grasses lore by the hugely-knowledgeable author of the nearly coffee-table size book covering the same territory. I have thislittle book with me when shopping for grasses. I also love just browsing through it to learn which grasses I want and which I definitely do NOT (too big, too short-lived, too fussy, need pond to grow in) want.
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This little book is everything I heard it would be - a perfect compliment to the larger color encyclopedia. Rick Darke has done a wonderful job for those of us who don't have access to so much first hand info.
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