Rain Gardening in the South: Ecologically Designed Gardens for Drought, Deluge, and Everything in Between

Rain Gardening in the South: Ecologically Designed Gardens for Drought, Deluge, and Everything in Between

by Kraus, Anne Spafford
     
 

The first book directed at the consumer/home gardener market on this important new gardening movement, Rain Gardening in the South is a colorful, readable how-to guide on creating beautiful gardens that capture and use water that runs off roofs, driveways, and other hard surfaces in our landscape.

Written by horticulturalists Helen Kraus and Anne Spafford,

Overview

The first book directed at the consumer/home gardener market on this important new gardening movement, Rain Gardening in the South is a colorful, readable how-to guide on creating beautiful gardens that capture and use water that runs off roofs, driveways, and other hard surfaces in our landscape.

Written by horticulturalists Helen Kraus and Anne Spafford, Rain Gardening in the South helps gardeners use our most precious resource wisely. Rain gardens maximize rainwater, enhance the landscape, and promote environmental stewardship.

Runoff from our yards, roofs, and driveways contributes a staggering 70 percent of the pollution that ends up in our nation's waterways. Rain gardens, which function as miniature water reservoirs and filtration systems, offer effective and visually pleasing solutions that dramatically reduce toxic runoff, resulting in cleaner rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Ironically, rain gardens are more drought-tolerant than most conventional gardens. Because of plant selection and their ability to store water, rain gardens flourish during dry spells as well as rainy seasons, making them particularly conducive to the South and its unpredictable rainfall.

This four-color book addresses the specific environmental circumstances of Southern gardens, including climate issues, plant selection, and soil types. The book offers readers step-by-step instruction on constructing such gardens, from the design stage to post-planting maintenance. It also includes extensive design tips, plant lists, and soil amendment instructions, as well as a chapter on troubleshooting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982077108
Publisher:
Eno Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Helen Kraus earned her BS, MS, and PhD degrees in horticultural science from North Carolina State University, where she currently teaches. She lives in Cary, North Carolina.

Anne Spafford holds a BS degree in Ornamental horticulture and an MLA in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois. She teaches in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at North Carolina State University. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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