Thoreau's Garden: Native Plants for the American Landscape

Thoreau's Garden: Native Plants for the American Landscape

by Peter Loewer, H. Peter Loewer
     
 

Noted plantsman Peter Loewer combines insightful excerpts from Thoreau's journals with his own botanical illustrations and comments to fully describe more than 50 native plants. See more details below

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Noted plantsman Peter Loewer combines insightful excerpts from Thoreau's journals with his own botanical illustrations and comments to fully describe more than 50 native plants.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
"Thoreau's Garden" is an imaginary place where the plants Thoreau knew in 19th-century New England still thrive and where we can "learn their history, their uses, and their charms." Well-known garden writer Loewer (The Evening Garden, LJ 1/93) profiles nearly 50 shrubs, trees, grasses, flowering plants, fungi, and ferns, using generous excerpts from Thoreau's journals. Each essay mentions the use of the plant in cultivation, but in most instances this information is very limited compared with coverage in other books on natural gardening. This work's strength lies instead in its conveying Thoreau's delight in the natural world and some interesting and unusual facts about the plants in his vicinity. One learns, for example, that Jack-in-the-pulpit can grow to three feet high or that barberries were once widely made into jams and jellies. Recommended for natural history collections in most libraries, especially in the eastern half of the United States.Elizabeth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., Va.
Alice Joyce
The latest book by this notable writer on horticultural topics deftly weaves excerpted reveries from Thoreau's journals together with copious notes on native plants gathered by Loewer himself. The result is an agreeable foray into the fertile landscape Thoreau knew so well. Although today's gardeners can only dream of such remarkable wild spaces, as Loewer suggests, it might be that "the best garden is a garden of the mind." Thus, the lively text feeds the craving for imaginary gardens, first by musing on the scientific naming of plants, then by proceeding to highlight selected trees and shrubs, prairie grasses, and outstanding wildflowers--of wetlands and woodlands. Loewer conjures up enough plant minutiae (fascinating facts, myths, historical particulars, practical uses, etc.) to satisfy the most demanding avid gardener. A new book by Loewer is cause for celebration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811717281
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.98(d)

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