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Passionate Gardening: Good Advice for Challenging Climates

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For over a decade, Lauren Springer and Rob Proctor have been good friends and garden writing colleagues. In Passionate Gardening, readers will be entertained, informed, and inspired by the pair's practical wisdom, wit, and tales of perseverance. Gardeners who live in challenging climates where extremes of temperatures, wind, and more are the norm. Garden success depends on on the most appropriate plant selections, the best gardening techniques, and maximizing the seasons. Every subject the authors tackle—from ...

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Overview

For over a decade, Lauren Springer and Rob Proctor have been good friends and garden writing colleagues. In Passionate Gardening, readers will be entertained, informed, and inspired by the pair's practical wisdom, wit, and tales of perseverance. Gardeners who live in challenging climates where extremes of temperatures, wind, and more are the norm. Garden success depends on on the most appropriate plant selections, the best gardening techniques, and maximizing the seasons. Every subject the authors tackle—from early snows to slugs, from bulbs to botanical Latin—urges readers to make the most of the gardens they tend.

Passionate Gardener takes the gardener through the season in a most comprehensive, yet pleasurable and accessible way, as the authors celebrate a diversity of plants for every site and every season. The champion sound, ecologically friendly gardening techniques, from soil and water issues to pest management. They also offer up stories of their horticultural adventures as their personal gardens have evolved, making this lively, information-packed reading with a personal, real touch.

Hailed by critics and fellow garden writers as among the top American garden writers of today, Lauren and Rob have translated their shared passion for gardening into gardens that thrive beautifully and into a new book that will raise the spirits, expectations, and results of all those who read it. With its mixture of sparkling essays and lush photographs, Passionate Gardening is an indispensable guide for both budding and seasoned gardeners.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Full-color book explores every facet of gardening. A book for everyone, it would look almost as lovely on a pristine glass coffee table as it would sprinkled with dirt next to you in your garden." —Garden and Greenhouse magazine

"Bursting with good ideas and the joy of growing and designing with plants. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

"Whether sharing process, making us think, or simply making us laugh out loud, Lauren and Rob encourage us to share their passionate approach to gardening." —Ann Lovejoy, author

"Readers throughout North America will gain from the wit and wisdom of these two passionate gardeners." —Pacific Horticulture magazine

"Rob and Lauren are the Sonny and Cher of horticulture. Witty, entertaining, and knowledgeable, they are divas in their own right. These two passionate gardeners live and work theirpassion and this book describes it." —Chris Woods, director Chanticleer, a pleasure garden

Foreword Magazine Book of the Year

American Horticultural Society Annual Book Award

Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist

Quill and Trowel Award

Library Journal
This series of short, easy-to-digest essays by noted garden writers Springer (The Undaunted Garden) and Proctor (Herbs in Pots) addresses the horticultural needs of gardeners in difficult climates, discussing design, "challenges" (dry shade, deer, underused plants), the seasons, and "perspectives" (favorite tools, gardening while pregnant). Most of the essays are personal in approach and specific to either Proctor's urban garden in Denver or Springer's new sprawling rural landscape. Gardeners in Colorado and similar high and dry states will value the wealth of practical advice and commiseration in dealing with this challenging but rewarding environment. But the book's appeal is not limited to the West; the text is bursting with good ideas and the joy of growing and designing with plants. Highly recommended for most public libraries.--Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555913489
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/2/2000
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,072,498
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Lauren Springer Ogden and Rob Proctor are authors, photographers, lecturers, garden designers, and above all, passionate gardeners. Their writings have appeared in many national publications. For eight years, they collaborated on an award-winning gardening column for The Denver Post.

Rob is the author of ten books, including Naturalizing Bulbs and Herbs in the Garden: The Art of Intermingling. He and his garden frequently appear on the Discovery Channel. An accomplished artist, he taught for eight years at Denver Botanic Gardens' School of Botanical Illustration, and his works hang in the Smithsonian. He is director of horticulture at Denver Botanic Gardens. He tends his own one-acre garden without benefit of staff.

Lauren gardened professionally on both sides of the Atlantic before receiving her master's degree in horticulture. She designs gardens for the public; her private gardens have been featured on television and in numerous publications. The American Horticultural Society named her book The Undaunted Garden (Fulcrum Publishing) one of the 75 best American gardening books of the recent century. In the foothills of Colorado, she divides her time between an untold number of plants, four dogs, two horses, ten cats, three children, and one husband.

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