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Rock garden design and construction
McGary, Mary Jane.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2003.
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316 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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SB459 .R63 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Few gardens can transport visitors to wild and rugged landscapes as well as rock gardens. Eye-catching rock gardens are among the most challenging -- and satisfying -- expressions of the gardener's craft. A true rock garden is a specialized habitat that allows the gardener to grow plants that do not flourish anywhere else. This book offers the first comprehensive treatment of building rock gardens in all parts of North America. Topics covered include rock placement, materials, and planting and maintenance. Variations on the rock garden theme, from planting troughs to creating water features are also discussed. The book presents regional styles and techniques and profiles a dozen public rock gardens from Oregon to Newfoundland. More than 100 inspiring photos accompany the lively text.

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Booklist Review

In his foreword to this information-filled guide, Panayotti Kelaidis posits that although rock gardening can be difficult to define, rock gardeners indisputably share a passion for plants. And whether one's focus is on dwarf conifers or a collection of succulents, the aspiring rock gardener will find chapters filled with advice from the bright lights of the rock-gardening world, who contribute expert recommendations and a multitude of ideas. An array of artistic gardens is shown, indicating possibilities for sites located in cold and warm regions alike. All sorts of practical considerations are covered, from suitability of the setting to soil to water features. Assorted styles of gardens--scree, berm, tufa, and natural outcrops--are discussed, with hands-on instructions provided for making troughs or container gardens where space may be an issue. The writers' enthusiasm for the subject matter will inspire some to start a rock garden from scratch and inspire experienced gardeners to enhance an existing design. --Alice Joyce Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

This book complements rather than replaces earlier titles like H. Lincoln Foster's Rock Gardening or even Charles Cresson's work of the same name. Collected here by McGary (ed., Bulbs of North America) are essays by garden directors, writers, and other experts of the North American Rock Garden Society, which has more than 35 local chapters in the United States and Canada. While earnest in its exposition of the joys and beauties of rock gardening, the book is not for inexperienced gardeners-topics such as design and materials, sites, and issues related to creating a rock garden in different geographic regions will best assist the would-be gardener whose climate may present challenges. A section on public rock gardens in North America advises potential visitors on conditions and components of these gardens; the substantial bibliography is a noteworthy feature. Recommended to augment gardening collections of a size permitting the acquisition of specialized resources.-Jennifer Burek Pierce, Indiana Univ. SLIS at Indianapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.