The Flower Gardener's Bible: A Complete Guide to Colorful Blooms All Season Long; 10th Anniversary Edition with a new foreword by Suzy Bales

The Flower Gardener's Bible: A Complete Guide to Colorful Blooms All Season Long; 10th Anniversary Edition with a new foreword by Suzy Bales

by Lewis Hill, Nancy Hill
     
 

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Create the flower garden of your dreams. This comprehensive guide includes expert advice on everything from choosing an appropriate growing site to maximizing the lifespan of your plants. Charming illustrations and photographs accompany helpful tips on how to improve soil, fight off pests, and make all your flowers bloom with radiant color. Whether you’re a

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Create the flower garden of your dreams. This comprehensive guide includes expert advice on everything from choosing an appropriate growing site to maximizing the lifespan of your plants. Charming illustrations and photographs accompany helpful tips on how to improve soil, fight off pests, and make all your flowers bloom with radiant color. Whether you’re a beginning gardener or a seasoned florist, The Flower Gardener’s Bible is a useful resource that will help you keep your garden healthy and beautiful for years to come. 

Editorial Reviews

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“This is the complete guide to flower gardening as taught by a couple who learned through first-hand experience, trial and error and a little help from friends and advisers.” — The Washington Post

“[Lewis and Nancy Hill] … have again created a work that is fun to read, easy to understand, and so exhaustive it seems a veritable mini-encyclopedia.” — The American Gardener

“… loaded with advice on improving soil, fighting pests and disease, plans for theme gardens, a schedule of blossoming times, and an expansive description of more than 400 flowering plants. Lewis and Nancy Hill have compiled an excellent guide.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Lewis and Nancy Hill’s practical information on designing your flower garden is sure to make all your plants happy.” — Garden Gate

“It’s an all-in-one manual that covers everything needed for achieving success with plants.” — Country Decorating Ideas

“Using their practical experiences as hands-on amateur gardeners, the Hills share techniques they find most useful, tips they feel most helpful, and treasured plants they think most reliable for successful flower gardens.” – Booklist

“...this concise overview presents a range of possibilities for novices.” – Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
The Hills recount a visit to a retired farm couple's garden where "flowers were planted in neat cultivated rows, just like their vegetables." Comprehensive formulas for vegetable gardening work, as did the Hills' The Vegetable Gardener's Bible (which has 135,000 in print), but the flower garden is perhaps too broad a subject for similar treatment. The Hills are skilled instructors in basic techniques-a strength they use well in Part I. Easy-to-read text, a welcoming magazine-like layout and step-by-step photographic guides provide a solid foundation in flower garden fundamentals. Part II, "A Gallery of Gardens," is less helpful, with watercolors accompanying descriptions and plant lists for everything from a garden path to a rose garden. By trying to serve all needs and tastes, this section sometimes overloads rather than whets the imagination. In Part III, the Hills present "species-by-species information" on 261 perennials, annuals, bulbs, wildflowers, shrubs, vines and grasses. While overall the result is sometimes uneven, the handsome color photographs will invite browsing and offer gardeners a good, homey foundation. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Nurseryman Hill (Secrets of Plant Propagation) teams up again with his frequent coauthor, wife Nancy, to write an introduction to flower gardening that is especially suitable for the beginner. In Part 1, they cover the basics of garden design, soils, planting, propagation, pests/diseases, and maintenance. Their clear text is supplemented by boxed information showing gardening techniques step by step, illustrated with captioned, close-up photographs. Part 2 introduces 23 garden types, from rock gardens to water gardens to herb gardens, with boxes highlighting recommended plants for each. A virtual plant encyclopedia, Part 3 covers by scientific name shrubs, annuals, perennials, and bulbs. Most entries run in length from a third of a page to half a page, furnish a beautiful color photo, and indicate pronunciation, plant type, bloom time, description, USDA hardiness zones, propagation, garden companions, and suggested varieties. Although most libraries will already own books that go into much more detail about the covered subjects (e.g., garden design, water gardening), this concise overview presents a range of possibilities for novices. Recommended for libraries needing a general book on flower gardening for beginners.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580174626
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
02/15/2003
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
309,780
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning photographer Joseph De Sciose is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Country Living Gardener, House & Garden, and Country Home.

The late Lewis Hill, a beloved and best-selling Storey author, grew more than 20,000 trees on his farm in Greensboro, Vermont. He was also a member of the National Christmas Tree Association and the New Hampshire-Vermont Christmas Tree Association.

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