Go Native!: Gardening with Native Plants and Wildflowers in the Lower Midwest

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Finally: a guide to gardening with plants native to the lower Midwest! Using a simple Q & A format, this informative and user-friendly book offers advice on planning, site and soil preparation, garden design, plant selection, and propagation. Includes 125 illustrations and 100 color photos. A must-have for Midwestern gardeners.

Indiana University Press

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Overview

Finally: a guide to gardening with plants native to the lower Midwest! Using a simple Q & A format, this informative and user-friendly book offers advice on planning, site and soil preparation, garden design, plant selection, and propagation. Includes 125 illustrations and 100 color photos. A must-have for Midwestern gardeners.

Indiana University Press

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"Using a simple question and answer format, this informative and user-friendly book focuses on the Lower Midwest, and includes everything you need to know about gardening with plants and wildflowers native to the region." —Booked Solid with Virginia C

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"Using a simple question and answer format, this informative and user-friendly book focuses on the Lower Midwest, and includes everything you need to know about gardening with plants and wildflowers native to the region." —Booked Solid with Virginia C
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253213020
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 791,715
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROLYN HARSTAD has been gardening with native plants for many years. She is one of the founders of two successful organizations—the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (1993) and the Indianapolis Hosta Society (1986). She is a popular garden lecturer, nature photographer, certified Landscape Design Critic, and a regular contributor to several gardening newsletters. In 1990, Harstad wrote the wildflower guidelines, still used by 4-H members, to complete her certification as Advanced Master Gardener,
Purdue University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Why Use Native Plants and Wildflowers? 1
2 How Do We Begin? Planning the Garden 9
3 Building a New Home: Inside Nature's Envelope 29
4 Turn over a New Leaf: Creating a Framework with Native Trees 36
5 Plant a Biohedge: Using Native Shrubs 59
6 Go Vertical: Using Vines 72
7 Go Horizontal: Using Ground Cover 85
8 Plant Feathery Fronds: Using Ferns 96
9 Dig into History: Creating Prairies and Meadows 106
10 Get Wet Feet: Plants for Wet Places 149
11 Stroll in the Shade: Developing Woodland Gardens 172
12 Be Wild and Woolly: Wildlife, Birds, and Butterflies 201
13 Outlaw the Outlaws: A Look at Invasive Exotics 236
14 Some Final Thoughts 247
Glossary 251
Native Plant Sources 257
References 265
Index 269
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