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Seedheads in the Garden Hardcover – Illustrated, June 1, 2006
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Prolific writer and designer Kingsbury focuses on a key element of the naturalistic garden style with which he is associated: the fading allure of plants flaunting their showy seedheads. Winter gardens have been all the rage; now Kingsbury accords the autumn season equal attention in his discussion of the ornamental cycle of grasses, flowers, and herbaceous perennials. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs, Kingbury's richly descriptive writing draws readers into a fascinating botanical realm where pods, papery seedcases, awns, and burrs dance on the wind, find their way to terra firma, and ultimately germinate, continuing the circle of life. Designing with seedheads utilizes their visual impact up close and from a distance. Presenting a wealth of options, Kingsbury acts as an aesthetic guide to seeing beauty from a wilder perspective while also explaining how to integrate seedheads into formal settings. With tips on cultivation and a comprehensive plant directory, Kingbury's latest should prove exciting for gardeners open to new ideas. Alice Joyce
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"This beautiffuly photographed book showcases the unusual textures and striking silhouettes of plants past their prime." -- Seattle Times
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The only drawback I found is that the book could have included more plants. But this is understandable because the book had to end somewhere.
Seeing, and reading, how to incorporate such interest into the late season garden is a thrill for any gardener or designer. At least it was a thrill for me.
Balance. Very valuable book for a designer and a lecturer.