The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook

The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook

by Rosemary Alexander
     
 

The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook takes over where Rosemary Alexander's first book leaves off. With the newly designed garden in place how do you manage the work in a garden and keep it looking good year in and year out? How do you prune, look after your soil and keep spring bulb plantings looking good? Is it possible to move a plant and how do you

Overview

The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook takes over where Rosemary Alexander's first book leaves off. With the newly designed garden in place how do you manage the work in a garden and keep it looking good year in and year out? How do you prune, look after your soil and keep spring bulb plantings looking good? Is it possible to move a plant and how do you cope with weeds, pests, and diseases? Which plants are top performers and which are best for particular functions like internal and external boundaries, focal points, disguising eyesores and providing year-round interest? With its hand-holding, workbook approach Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook is the next best thing to having a daily training session with expert gardener, Rosemary Alexander. It allows gardeners at all levels to confidently tackle garden maintenance jobs, develop new skills, and make a success of their gardens however stretched for time.

Editorial Reviews

Garden Compass
"Straight to the point and easily understood by even the sometime gardener."—John Bagnasco, Garden Compass, September/October 2006
— John Bagnasco
Garden Compass - John Bagnasco
"Straight to the point and easily understood by even the sometime gardener."—John Bagnasco, Garden Compass, September/October 2006
From the Publisher

“Amply illustrated chapters address each step, from initial assessment and planning through rejuvenating and renovating an existing garden. Each concludes with work-sheets for hands-on projects designed to help readers use what they’ve learned in their own gardens, plus captioned color plates that reinforce key concepts.” —Publishers Weekly

“Will satisfy serious, detail-oriented home gardeners who seek to understand the gritty details of landscaping, from preparations to ongoing plant and hardscape care.” —Library Journal

“[Alexander] writes with authority on all the essentials of gardening. . . . The book also contains excellent botanical instructions on how plants grow and what it takes to keep them healthy and thriving.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“This is a true workbook and not a coffee table picture book, making it valuable for novice gardeners and experienced ones alike. . . . A great place to get advice no matter what stage of gardening in which you may find yourself.” —Des Moines News

“Contains all the practical advice and techniques, replete with checklists and garden logs, that gardeners—of any level, including those strapped for time—will need to keep the garden looking tiptop year after year. . . . Alexander is principal of the English Gardening School in London and her books will make you feel like you’re one of her pupils.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Straight to the point and easily understood by even the sometime gardener.” —Garden Compass

“Alexander’s approach and detailed drawings provide insight for every gardener.” —Colorado Homes and Lifestyles

“Serious gardeners of ornamental plants will enjoy delving into The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook. . . . a practical guide to establishing, improving and managing a garden.” —Daily Advertiser

“The book that do-it-yourself landscape designers need to make their gardens shine.” —Jackson Hole Star Tribune

“Contains a wealth of information through photographs, illustrations, information boxes, and sample worksheets, combined with Alexander’s experience and clear writing style.” —Olympia Olympian

“Most books prefer to focus on gardening’s ‘pretty’ side, i.e. plants and design. This one gets down to the really important, necessary nitty-gritty, such as dealing with weeks, pruning things the right way at the right time, improving the soil and so on. . . . one of the year’s best titles so far, I think.” —Harrisburg Patriot-News

“Alexander draws on personal experience at Sandhill Farm House to describe the step-by-step way to get any garden in shape. Drawings, photographs and plans show how to tackle a new site, restore an old garden, or clear an overgrown tangle of vegetation. Gardeners of all levels will find Alexander’s advice concise and practical.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
Library Journal
This latest book by Alexander (after The Garden Maker's Manual) will satisfy serious, detail-oriented home gardeners who seek to understand the gritty details of landscaping, from preparations to ongoing plant and hardscape care. Alexander's experience as principal of the London-based English Gardening School shows as she provides clear and concrete explanations of what to do in the garden and why. Novice and seasoned gardeners who have not yet achieved master gardener status will benefit from her book, which covers assessment and planning, starting points, the use of woody and herbaceous plants, and general plant maintenance. Tips on record keeping to support garden development are included. This rich resource offers information on a full range of garden matters, including the durability of fences, the types of grasses suited to different activity levels, the reasons for pruning, and considerations in creating and maintaining a white border. It is suited to inclusion in nearly all collections serving home gardeners, with the likely exception of those in desert climates.-Jennifer Burek Pierce, SLIS, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881927832
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/29/2006
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,355,305
Product dimensions:
7.76(w) x 9.74(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Founder and Principal of The English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London, Rosemary Alexander writes and lectures worldwide on garden design. She has worked on a wide range of gardens throughout the world. For eleven years she was tenant of the National Trust property, Stoneacre, in Kent, where she created a romantic, old world garden. She now lives in Hampshire where she has made a new garden.

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