The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening

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Gardeners are the front line of defense in our struggle to tackle the problems of global warming, loss of habitat, water shortages, and shrinking biodiversity. In The New American Landscape, author and editor Thomas Christopher brings together the best thinkers on the topic of gardening sustainably, and asks them to describe the future of the sustainable landscape. The discussion unfolds from there, and what results is a collective vision as eloquent as it is diverse.

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Overview

Gardeners are the front line of defense in our struggle to tackle the problems of global warming, loss of habitat, water shortages, and shrinking biodiversity. In The New American Landscape, author and editor Thomas Christopher brings together the best thinkers on the topic of gardening sustainably, and asks them to describe the future of the sustainable landscape. The discussion unfolds from there, and what results is a collective vision as eloquent as it is diverse.

The New American Landscape offers designers a roadmap to a beautiful garden that improves, not degrades the environment. It’s a provocative manifesto about the important role gardens play in creating a more sustainable future that no professional garden designer can afford to miss.

- John Greenlee and Neil Diboll on the new American meadow garden.
- Rick Darke on balancing natives and exotics in the garden.
- Doug Tallamy on landscapes that welcome wildlife.
- Eric Toensmeier on the sustainable edible garden.
- David Wolfe on gardening sustainable with a changing climate.
- Elaine Ingham on managing soil health.
- David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth on sustainable pest solutions.
- Ed Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre on green roofs in the sustainable residential landscape.
- Thomas Christopher on waterwise gardens.
- Toby Hemenway on whole system garden design.
- The Sustainable Site Initiative on the managing the home landscape as a sustainable site.

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Editorial Reviews

Reference and Research Book News
"Practical, clearly organized, and well-illustrated, this will be a great resource for gardeners of all levels of expertise."
Chicago Tribune - Bill Daley
A radical revamp of how we approach yard care.
Pacific Horticulture
…Both passionate gardeners and those interested in the environment will find it an invaluable resource for better understanding today’s hottest topics in sustainable landscape practices
The Dirt (ASLA blog)
This how-to guide clearly demonstrates how gardeners’ sustainable practices can positively shape our shared environment.
Chicago Tribune
A radical revamp of how we approach yard care.
— Bill Daley
Kate Campbell's Word Garden
It's an impressive range of talent, and the subjects they write about affect gardeners everywhere.
MattGoesGreen.com
This is some of the most balanced and thorough writing about sustainability issues in the landscape that I’ve seen.
Choice
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604691863
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,423,892
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Christopher has been reporting on gardening and environmental issues for more than twenty-five years, writing for a wide range of publications including the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and Britain’s Daily Telegraph. He is the author of Water-Wise Gardening, a guide to new styles of gardening emerging from the need to conserve this resource. A graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, he contributes a blog about sustainable gardening, Green Perspectives, to the garden’s website. He is the editor of The New American Landscape.

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"Practical, clearly organized, and well-illustrated, this will be a great resource for gardeners of all levels of expertise."
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