The City Gardener's Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Small Space Gardening

The City Gardener's Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Small Space Gardening

by Linda Yang
     
 

Turn small balconies, sunbaked rooftops, and even cramped windowsills into delightful, thriving gardens. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to successfully design and maintain an urban garden in whatever space you have available. Lydia Yang profiles dozens of beautiful and hardy plants and offers expert advice on everything from preparing

Overview

Turn small balconies, sunbaked rooftops, and even cramped windowsills into delightful, thriving gardens. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to successfully design and maintain an urban garden in whatever space you have available. Lydia Yang profiles dozens of beautiful and hardy plants and offers expert advice on everything from preparing your soil to managing pests. Filled with charming anecdotes and stunning photographs, The City Gardener’s Handbook will inspire you to bring the joys of the garden into the metropolis. 

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
"[A] crisp, comprehensive handbook...the unmistakable voice of experience."
—Anne Lovejoy, The New York Times Book Review
From the Publisher
"Compactly combines the virtues of extensive knowledge, organization, clear-eyed design, and—last but not least—a sympathetic, briskly dedicated authorial tone...conveys maximal information with minimal fuss."
Publishers Weekly
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The Barnes & Noble Review
As all urban gardeners know, in small spaces, every inch counts. This revised edition of former New York Times garden columnist Linda Yang's essential manual for urban gardeners shows how to create spectacular effects in even the most cramped city landscapes. Part horticulturist, part cheerleader, Yang suggests styles most city dwellers would never have thought possible, eschewing annuals for formal clipped hedges and woodlands. She also encourages readers to experiment and ignore admonitions that certain plants just can't thrive in the city. After all, any garden is a work in progress, and sometimes trial and error is the only way to go. (That advice applies to giving up, too -- Yang urges gardeners to be ruthless about getting rid of or moving plants that simply aren't working.)

City gardening -- and rooftop gardening in particular -- presents unique safety challenges. Instruction on keeping drainage clear and containers secure, as well as the reminder that roof leaks are almost inevitable, will help readers keep their gardens running smoothly and safely. High-rise-specific issues are also addressed, including tips on transporting large plants in the elevator and rigging up a hose to the kitchen faucet. For the lucky gardener with a yard, Yang provides ground cover lawn alternatives and warnings about getting soil tested for possible toxicity before planting edibles. Finally, the book offers vital information about the signs of pollution damage on plants and a rundown on garden pests that are indigenous to urban areas.

Yang's informative text is accompanied by photographs of sumptuous urban gardens (some including plans) and delicate line drawings of individual plants. Handy plant lists and a resource section round out this invaluable book. (Laura Wood)

Laura Wood is the Barnes & Noble.com Science & Nature editor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580174497
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
04/15/2002
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
714,236
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Linda Yang is known for her garden columns in the New York Times, which were widely syndicated from 1979-1995. Both her articles and her photographs have been published in numerous home and garden magazines, and she is the author of three books other than The City Gardener's Handbook. Her friendly, wise, and authoritative writing comes from a genuine love of gardening and from firsthand experiences that include "quite a bit of trial and more than one error." At present she tills one-fortieth of an acre of Manhattan, the area around the townhouse she shares with her husband.

Jane G. Pepper is president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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