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The New England Wild Flower Society guide to growing and propagating wildflowers of the United States and Canada
Cullina, William.
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., [2000]

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xi, 322 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
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"A Frances Tenenbaum book."
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SB439 .C85 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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SB439 .C85 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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.

Author Notes

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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Library Journal Review

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.DSue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The New England Wild Flower Societyp. xii
Introductionp. 1
What Is a Native Plant?p. 2
How to Use This Bookp. 3
Statement on Wild Collectingp. 12
Ecological Gardeningp. 13
Lightp. 14
Soilp. 15
Temperaturep. 21
Diseasesp. 21
Floristic Provinces Mapp. 22
Floristic Provincesp. 23
Encyclopedia of Plantsp. 32
Propagationp. 233
Seedp. 233
Germinationp. 238
Cuttingsp. 243
Appendixes Wildflowers for Various Sitesp. 269
Sources of Propagated Native Plants and Seedsp. 281
Selected Native Plant Societies of the United States and Canadap. 291
Photo Creditsp. 297
Hardiness Zone Mapp. 298
Notesp. 301
Bibliographyp. 303
Glossaryp. 305
Indexp. 309