Plant This!: Best Bets for Year-Round Gorgeous Gardens
  • Plant This!: Best Bets for Year-Round Gorgeous Gardens
  • Plant This!: Best Bets for Year-Round Gorgeous Gardens

Plant This!: Best Bets for Year-Round Gorgeous Gardens

by Ketzel Levine, Rene Eisenbart
     
 

Ketzel Levine writes about plants with the authoritative background of a botanist, the cheeky style of a woman whose VW bears the bumper sticker QUESTION AUTHORITY!, and an unabashed love for her favorite flowers. This collection of plant profiles draws from her popular weekly column in The Oregonian, and is illustrated with Renee Eisenbart’s lush watercolor

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Ketzel Levine writes about plants with the authoritative background of a botanist, the cheeky style of a woman whose VW bears the bumper sticker QUESTION AUTHORITY!, and an unabashed love for her favorite flowers. This collection of plant profiles draws from her popular weekly column in The Oregonian, and is illustrated with Renee Eisenbart’s lush watercolor paintings. Ketzel has selected 100 plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest’s mild soggy winters and temperate dry summers—although we are not labeling this a Northwest plant book. (These plants will work elsewhere, of course, but the hardiness limitations will limit their successful planting in places where winters are long and cold.)
What appeals to Ketzel are the unusual, the undervalued, the intoxicatingly fragrant, and those special plants that enslave the gardener with their singular beauty. In other words, the plants she profiles in this book are the ones that she recommends for your garden. So, whether it is clematis cirrhosa (sounds like "feminist mimosa") or ophiopogon (rhymes with "sophie showed logan") or thalictrum (rhymes with "I licked ‘em"), these plants grow well and show off something special in their particular seasons.
The book will be organized by season, and each plant will be listed by its Latin name. A prominent box will furnish such details as pronunciation key, common name, basic needs, growing tip, and worst enemy. The profiles offer botanical information, occasional stories from the garden, and always a sense of enthusiasm for what makes this plant so special.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In this deliciously naughty but entirely legit collection of 100 plant profiles, our Doyenne of Dirt sticks her slightly smudged neck out and picks her favorite gotta-have plants...makes a great gift for any gardener—-if you can bear to give it away."
Library Journal
Levine is a contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and a popular gardening expert on NPR's Weekend Edition. A resident of Portland, she based this book on columns written for the Oregonian. She profiles 100 recommended perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees in four sections, each corresponding to a season. Attractive watercolor illustrations accompany each plant. Levine, who once ran a landscaping business, knows her stuff, and her selections are an engaging mix of the mundane (butterfly bush, crape myrtle) and the exotic or overlooked (wild parsnip, hoary willow). A number of the plants are better suited to the Pacific Northwest than to much of the rest of the country, where their hardiness will be questionable. Also, Levine's humorous writing style feels a bit forced, especially in the opening chapters (maybe it grew on me?). At her best, Levine offers a fresh perspective on plant selection and use, such as grasses to provide movement in the summer garden, which more than makes up for her often daffy style. Recommended for public libraries, especially in the Northwest.--Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Doris Taylor
Levine, National Public Radio's ever-popular "Doyenne of Dirt," has succeeded in transplanting her witty and whimsical radio charm to the printed page in this delightful, cleverly written, and immensely helpful (especially when it comes to pronouncing those hard-to-say Latin names--verbascum sounds like "don't ask 'em") book. Chock-full of sound, practical advice for every gardener, it covers basic facts and far beyond for those who always wanted to know more. Organized by seasons, it contains more than 100 expertly written entries, each enlivened by an amusing story or history about the plant. Since not all plant selections work in all parts of the country, Levine has given her favorite alternatives in this unique and innovative guide for making plant choices in your home landscape. Rene Eisenbert's watercolor illustrations beautifully complement the text, and Levine's knowledge and enthusiasm are contagious. --Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570615139
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.63(d)

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Both Ketzel Levine and artist René Eisenbart live in Portland, OR.

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