The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes

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In this new book noted grass expert and advocate Rick Darke addresses both the aesthetic qualities of grasses in private gardens and the opportunities and challenges of using them in wild and constructed public landscapes. All the true grasses, sedges, rushes, restios, and cattails that possess ornamental merit or that can contribute to ecological plantings are described, and practical matters of propagation, growth, and maintenance are also covered. More than 1000 stunning photographs show details of individual ...

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Overview

In this new book noted grass expert and advocate Rick Darke addresses both the aesthetic qualities of grasses in private gardens and the opportunities and challenges of using them in wild and constructed public landscapes. All the true grasses, sedges, rushes, restios, and cattails that possess ornamental merit or that can contribute to ecological plantings are described, and practical matters of propagation, growth, and maintenance are also covered. More than 1000 stunning photographs show details of individual plants and hundreds of gardens and landscapes in which grasses play a prominent part. This worthy successor to The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses is a new type of design reference that sets a standard for inspired, sustainable use of grasses.

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"Opening chapters discuss the global significance, botany and beauty of grasses. Design, cultivation and maintenance are also detailed. The massive plant encyclopedia describes hundreds of different grasses...with specifics to help gardeners select the most appropriate grasses for their conditions and help nurseries decide which ones to stock." L. A. Times, Lili Singer

"...what a beauty. Rick is one of the best of all time; passionate about gardening and plants." Bob Hill, host of Homegrown

“The book is a scholarly encyclopedia of ornamental grasses, the most comprehensive and well-researched book on the subject, and the one that will remain the most important reference on ornamental grasses for decades.”

BBC Gardens Illustrated, - John Hoyland
“The book is a scholarly encyclopedia of ornamental grasses, the most comprehensive and well-researched book on the subject, and the one that will remain the most important reference on ornamental grasses for decades.”
BBC Gardens Illustrated
“The book is a scholarly encyclopedia of ornamental grasses, the most comprehensive and well-researched book on the subject, and the one that will remain the most important reference on ornamental grasses for decades.”
— John Hoyland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928174
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2007
  • Pages: 484
  • Sales rank: 1,442,109
  • Product dimensions: 10.38 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Darke is a landscape design consultant, author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes. Darke served on the staff of Longwood Gardens for twenty years, and in 1998 he received the Scientific Award of the American Horticultural Society. His work has been featured in the New York Times and on National Public Radio. Darke has studied North American plants in their habitats for over three decades, and his research and lectures have taken him to Africa, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Japan, New Zealand, and northern Europe. His books include The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes (2007), The American Woodland Garden (2002), and In Harmony with Nature (2000).

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