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This most complete and authoritative guide to North American wildflowers offers clear and detailed information on growing and propagating 200 genera and 1,000 species of these precious plants. No matter what your level of interestwhether it is to introduce a few plants into your garden or to learn how to propagate them for yourself or for sales, this book will inspire as well as inform you.
With Cullina's guidance, you'll learn in which parts of the continent the plants are found in the wild, andeven more helpfulwhere and how to succeed with them in your own garden wherever you live. As open land disappears, so too do many of the native plants that once flourished on this continent. Gardeners may be their last resort. It is the author's philosophy that a garden is not just an extension of our houses but a habitat we share with plants and the animals that depend on them for food and shelter. He writes: "There is value in preserving wilderness, but there is equal value in restoring the suburbs and cities where most of us live to something closer to balancefor our children's sake and the sake of all the other species around us. Growing wildflowers is not only fun and easy, it fosters a genuine connection with the region you live in." William Cullina is the nursery manager and propagator for the New England Wild Flower Society, the oldest and one of the most widely known plant conservation organizations in North America. In spite of its regional name, their commitment is to the study and protection of all temperate North American native flowers. The Garden in the Woods, in Framingham, Massachusetts, is the popular showcase for the NEWFS. It features naturalistic displays of native plants organized by habitat and includes woodland, bog, meadow, pine barren, western/alpine, and pond side plantings.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.63(d)|
About the Author
WILLIAM CULLINA, for many years the propagator at the New England Wild Flower Society, is the author of four major Houghton Mifflin gardening books. He is currently plant and arden curator at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where he is developing a world-class botanical garden.
What People are Saying About This
Wayne Winterrowd, author several books and regular contributor to Horticulture
William Cullina's book on American wildflowers is the most complete study of its subject ever undertaken, and it is unique in being both a comprehensive field guide and a thorough manual on propagation. That would, be reason enough to own the book. But Cullina's work is no dry encyclopedia. He writes with a unique and charming voice, humorous, meticulously observant, clever, and full of amiable good sense. He loves a metaphor, embraces personification, and anthropomorphizes without a blush. He is very much IN his book - mind, heart and soul - so that by the time one gets to Zizia (the last entry, a fact he humorously celebrates) one knows a great deal about wildflowers, and even more about William Cullina. His book is certainly bound to be the standard reference on this subject for many years to come. It is also a delightfully good read.