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Simmons, who was curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from 1972 through 1995, shares his many years experimenting with growing plants in his own wet garden in Norfolk, England. He begins by telling how to recognize a wet garden site and then discussing garden microclimates. He goes on to cover designing a wet garden and selecting plants for it, then describes how to manage this special type of garden. The bulk of the book is an encyclopedia of plants suitable for wet soils, also including some plants that grow in moist woodland soils and some bog and water plants. He includes chapters on ferns and conifers; trees, shrubs, and climbers; and herbaceous plants and bulbs, with a brief final chapter describing bog and water plants. Entries include recommended species with cautionary remarks, if applicable, along with cultural and propagation information. He often includes USDA hardiness zones for the plants. As Simmons's growing conditions differ from those available in much of the United States, this book is recommended for specialty collections and those libraries in areas with a similar climate.