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The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada
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The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada

by William Cullina, New England Wildflower Society (Contribution by)
 

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 interest—whether it is to introduce a few plants into your garden or to learn how to propagate them for yourself or for sales, this book

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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 interest—whether 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, and—even more helpful—where 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 balance—for 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"THe guide is worth reading for Cullina's writing style alone."—The Everett (WA) Herald

"In my mind [this] book is the best single source of wildflower propagation information available."—Richard E. Bir, The American Gardener

"William Cullina's light touch with language is a wonder given the weight of information he bears. Only someone who has raised wildflowers as lovingly as though they were his children could have written so deliciously and revealingly about their intimate lives."—Sara Stein, author of NOAH'S GARDEN

"The guide is worth reading for Cullina's writing style alone." The Everett (WA) Herald

"Cullina writes with refreshing honesty and lack of pretense...his highly descriptive and narrative style deftly blends wit and science."

Horticulture

Library Journal
Cullina, nursery manager and propagator for the 100-year-old New England Wild Flower Society, shares his experiences growing and propagating temperate North American wildflowers. His comprehensive treatment begins with sections on how to use the book, ecological gardening, and an explanation of the floristic provinces of North America. This introductory material is followed by the heart of the book, the "Encyclopedia of Plants," covering 200 genera and 1000 species. Arranged by genus, each entry includes a beautiful, close-up color photo of a representative of the genus, common names, a general description of the genus, cultural techniques, propagation difficulty, uses in the landscape, and any benefits for wildlife. This general description is followed by a listing of selected species. Each species entry includes hardiness zones, soil type, where the plant is native, size, flower color, and bloom time. The text continues with a section on propagation techniques, then detailed information by genus on how to harvest seed and propagate the plants by seed, division, or cutting. Appendixes include wildflowers for various sites, sources of propagated native plants and seeds, and native plant societies in the United States and Canada. Packed with information on growing and propagating wildflowers and laced with interesting personal observations and tidbits, Cullina's beautifully descriptive book makes fascinating reading while also providing extensive factual material for novice or experienced gardeners. Nothing with this scope is currently available. Highly recommended for circulating and reference collections.--Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2000 Cahners BusinessInformation.\
Booknews
The author, nursery manager and propagator for the renowned New England Wild Flower Society garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, provides superb, detailed information on growing and propagating 200 genera and 1,000 species of wildflowers native to North America. Native range is always provided, along with cultural requirements, size, color, and a description, with close relatives often described as well. Excellent color photographs and personable, authoritative text make this one of the best American wildflower books seen to date. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395966099
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.63(d)

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Wayne Winterrowd
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.

Meet 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.

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