Seascape Gardening: From New England to the Carolinas

Overview

Gardening by the sea is unlike any other gardening experience in the world. The gentle, misty light, moderate climate, and natural beauty of the coast only make seaside gardens more beautiful. Add to that the pleasant memories of summers spent by the sea as a child, and the allure is irresistible for most any gardener or ocean-lover.

But aside from the scenic landscape and romantic setting are serious challenges to be overcome. The east coast is known for its extreme ...

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Overview

Gardening by the sea is unlike any other gardening experience in the world. The gentle, misty light, moderate climate, and natural beauty of the coast only make seaside gardens more beautiful. Add to that the pleasant memories of summers spent by the sea as a child, and the allure is irresistible for most any gardener or ocean-lover.

But aside from the scenic landscape and romantic setting are serious challenges to be overcome. The east coast is known for its extreme weather—storms blow in during the winter with gale-force winds, spraying sand and salt on every plant in their path. Even during the summer, high winds, fierce sun, and periods of drought challenge the toughest plants. Seaside gardens must be able to tolerate the elements and still look good.

Author Anne Halpin is a renowned garden designer and writer who lives on Long Island Sound. She navigates the rocky shores and sandy dunes of the East Coast from New England to South Carolina, showing readers how to plant and care for seaside gardens that work with the elements, not against them. Keeping in mind those who only dream of living by the sea, Halpin also offers portraits of successful seaside gardens up and down the coast, with stunning images from award-winning photographer Roger Foley.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Gardener
"Ann Halpin does a wonderful job describing the successes and challenges of beach gardening."
— Ursula Sabia Sukinik
Washington Gardener - Ursula Sabia Sukinik
"Ann Halpin does a wonderful job describing the successes and challenges of beach gardening."—Ursula Sabia Sukinik, Washington Gardener, September-October 2006
From the Publisher
“An encyclopedia guide to creating a variety of hardy landscapes. Inspirational, waterfront gardens along the East Coast are followed by advice on choosing perennials, grasses and tress, plus planting and maintaining them.”

— Waterfront Home & Design

“Beachfront gardening is unique and complex, but Halpin guides her fellow Long Islanders, offering planting and design advice, maintenance suggestions, [and] solutions to the biggest challenges.”

Newsday

“[This] well-written, beautiful book will help seashore gardeners deal with the special challenges of coastal conditions and enjoy the rewards.”

The American Gardener

Publishers Weekly
In this lushly illustrated how-to book, veteran gardener Halpin (Homescaping; etc.), herself a seaside gardener on Long Island, delves into the difficulties, pleasures and practicalities of gardening by the sea. She presents an overview of the geology and geography of the Atlantic coast from Maine to South Carolina and discusses the elemental challenges of seaside gardening-wind, salt, flooding, sand and sun. Suggestions for ways to work with or overcome these conditions include finding and sheltering an appropriate garden site, using native plants, creating windbreaks and improving the often poor seaside soils. Halpin presents "profiles" of 11 gorgeous seaside gardens varying in locale, from rocky southern Maine to marshy Maryland, and structure, some with formal and difficult-to-maintain plantings, others using native plants for low maintenance, with intriguing comments from the gardens' designers and caretakers about their failures, successes and passion for oceanside gardening. These gardens are mostly designed by landscape architects and professionally maintained, and may intimidate the DIY seaside gardener, but the book brims with practical information and lists of plants appropriate to particular situations. Almost half of the volume is devoted to an illustrated encyclopedia of seaside-compatible species, addressing hardiness, tolerance and recommended varieties. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A plethora of obstacles challenges seaside gardeners-salt spray from the ocean, gale-force winds, blazing sunlight, erosion, and sandy soil lacking nutrients, to name just a few. In this well-illustrated and informative primer, garden writer Halpin, who lives on Long Island, NY, addresses these and other issues and offers solutions to them. First, she identifies varying coastal geological conditions, from the rocky Atlantic seacoast to the low country of South Carolina. Then, once readers have recognized the conditions of their property, she shows them how to design and plan the garden by developing a style, establishing a sheltered site, working with color schemes, and implementing structures and hardscape. Fine line drawings and photographs accompany and illustrate the practical guidelines for caring for plants in the landscape, which include tips on planting, watering, fertilizing, and pruning. Eleven beautiful gardens are profiled with gorgeous photographs and comments and suggestions from the garden owners. The final chapter profiles the best seaside plants with charts showing salt, drought, and deer tolerance and lists recommended cultivars. Recommended for libraries in areas where seaside gardening is popular.-Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175319
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Foley is a garden and landscape photographer whose work appears in hundreds of books and magazines, including Garden Design, Cottage Living, Gardens Illustrated, and Southern Accents. A recipient of nine garden awards, his last book on Mt. Vernon won Award of the Year. More of his photography may be seen at www.Foleyfoto.com.

Anne Halpin is the author of 12 books, including Homescaping; The Year-Round Flower Gardener; and Annuals, Perennials, and Bulbs. Numerous articles by and about Anne have appeared in such publications as Horticulture, Country Gardens, Country Home,Woman's Day, and Homeowner. She lives in the Hamptons in New York.

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