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The ultimate herb gardener
Segall, Barbara.
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Publication Information:
London : Ward Lock ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub., [1998]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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SB351.H5 S4454 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

The bulk of Segall's book is 27 herb garden plans, divided into decorative, culinary, aromatic and sensory, and themed designs. They range from a knot garden and border planting to an edible flower collection and meditation garden to a medicinal herb garden, a citrus-scented garden, an Oriental collection, and a children's garden. There's a directory that gives information on more than 100 plants, including many of the species and cultivars used in the garden designs. There's also advice on drawing up a plan; preparing a site; creating a topiary; building plant supports, such as arches, pergolas, and arbors; using troughs, tubs, containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets; and growing herbs indoors. This comprehensive guide features 150 photographs, drawings, and plans in color. --George Cohen

Publisher's Weekly Review

From Zen gravel gardens for sitting meditation to complex tapestry-like parterres for elevated viewing, this British import presents a full range of herbal garden possibilities. Masterfully organized, the book offers several examples in large design categories: ornamental (a formal knot garden, an informal cottage garden); culinary (an edible flower collection, a small back-door garden); sensory (an evening arbor, a potpourri garden). A pocketful of miscellaneous theme gardensÄmedicinal, cosmetic, children's and wildlifeÄrounds out the compendium. Despite the book's thoroughness in pointing out style alternatives, its cursory, two-page treatments neglect obvious information needed by beginning gardeners: the key to the garden plans list plants only by their less-familiar botanical names, and neither the in-text plans nor the 101-plant directory includes zone hardiness informationÄa must for gardeners in the U.S. While the lush, soothing color photographs will draw the gardener's eye, Segall's text and design ideas unfortunately lack the verve and imagination needed to hold the reader's attention. Still, this visually inspiring presentation with its focused recommendation of particular herbs can serve as a useful introduction to herb gardening. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved