Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden

Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden

by Kate Frey


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ISBN-13: 9781604698787
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 107,214
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kate Frey is a consultant, educator designer, and freelance writer specializing in sustainable gardens and small farms that encourage biodiversity. She is a frequent and popular speaker for master gardener programs, garden clubs, garden shows and horticultural groups. Visit her website at

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Some of us are born with a talent for gardening; others come to gardening later in life. Whether you’re experienced or a novice, there is much to learn in order to be able to create and maintain a successful garden. This book contains 100 essential “rules” for you to discover and use. It’s my hope they will steer you toward success at every step and help you avoid mistakes.

Successful gardens are healthy, thriving places that lift us up and create joy. They are places where practicality and aesthetics are wedded. A garden must work well within its local conditions and the framework of your life. Gardens form an important link with nature and the changing seasons—the cycle of life. Many studies have shown time spent in nature benefits us by lowering stress levels and making us feel better emotionally. A garden that focuses on plants rather than hardscape like pools, decks, and patios can be an extension of nature.

Gardens give us the satisfaction of creating and tending a special place with our own hands. They are places where we both give and receive. Imagine sweet fragrances wafting, soft leaves rustling in the breeze, shade on a hot afternoon, and an ever-changing array of flowers embroidering the yard. Imagine too the joyful songs and forms of bright yellow goldfinches against the clear blue sky, a velvet-upholstered bumblebee on a purple salvia, butterflies like snips of tapestry, and hummingbird duels over crimson blooms—all elements of life you have enabled. Gardens can be your own personal paradise.

This book is divided into six complementary sections that take you from the very first planning stages, through the joy that plants bring, soil and its important underground processes, how to be wise with water, how to be a good garden parent, ways to invite wildlife into your garden, and finally to creating a garden of earthly delights. Taken as a whole, it offers a system of practices and design considerations that address every aspect of gardening.

This is a distillation of what I have learned through my many years of gardening and designing gardens professionally in the United States and around the world. It is an effort to engage everyone with the many pleasures gardening offers. I love the subject more and more each day, and I hope you will too.

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CRSK 3 months ago
Divided into six sections, Ground Rules begins with Become your own garden designer, taking into consideration where you want to have a seating area, or do you want tables and chairs, a fountain, perhaps. Do you want a place where you can hide away from the rest of the world, or do you want to have an open and spacious design? So many things to think about – what kinds of plants, based on where you live and how the seasons vary, what is your vision? I think that this is the most important thing to know or decide, or at least have some idea, so you can make a plan. The photography in this is excellent, as is the advice that Ms. Frey offers. This could be used by any level gardener, or just for a lovely coffee table book, or something to just inspire you now and then. The photographs should also give you some inspiration for ideas for your own garden. I miss having a yard I could actually create a garden in, although there are garden areas in mine, but they are established with plants I would never have chosen, but make sense – easy to care for. I’m more interested in having one that attracts butterflies and birds, and is more aesthetically aligned with my taste. But this does give me ideas and incentive for some of the things I can change so that I can have a garden that I really enjoy looking at, sitting in, perhaps reading in. This is one I've already pre-ordered. Many thanks for the ARC provided by Timber Press