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Book Review: Planting in Post-Wild World

Written by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West Published by Timber Press, 2015 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Few books have the power to inspire your design sense, ignite your plant passion, and resonate with your ecological moral compass. Planting in a Post-Wild World is such a book. Two leading figures in ecological landscape design, Thomas Rainer […]

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Book Review: Pollinators of Native Plants

Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants Written by Heather Holm Published by Pollination Press LLC, Minnetonka, MN, 2014 Reviewed by Bruce Wenning Heather Holm is an experienced native plant landscape designer and restorationist. Her well-written book includes over 1600 color photographs and drawings that encapsulates her devotion to native plant […]

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Book Review: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

13 Essential Plants for Human Survival Written by Katrina Blair Published by Chelsea Green Books, September 2014 Reviewed by Russ Cohen The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is a deeply personal account of both Katrina Blair’s longtime relationship with and fondness for these and other plants in her hometown of Durango and the surrounding mountainous landscape […]

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A Critique: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

13 Essential Plants for Human Survival Written by Katrina Blair Published by Chelsea Green Books, September 2014 Critiqued by Russ Cohen Allow me to preface this critique by revealing that some of my favorite plants are weeds. Dandelion flower buds, for example, are among my favorite vegetables, wild or cultivated; their flavor is like a cross between […]

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Book Review: The Allergy-Fighting Garden

Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping Written by Thomas Leo Ogren Published by Ten Speed Press, 2015 Reviewed by Tom Benjamin Do you or does someone you know or care about suffer from seasonal allergies? Here’s an important point to consider when designing or simply inhabiting the landscape around you: In the past ten […]

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Book Review: The Resilient Farm and Homestead

Written by Ben Falk Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013 Reviewed by Kerry O’Kelly Another title for the The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk could be “Permaculture in Practice” as the value of this book is primarily through examining the 10-year case study of Mr. Falk’s Whole Systems Research Farm. This is where […]

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Book Review: Teaming with Nutrients

Written by Jeff Lowenfels Published by Timber Press ©2013 Reviewed by George Batchelor What do plants eat?  In his latest book, Teaming with Nutrients, Jeff Lowenfels writes for the gardener who is fascinated by plants and wants to better understand and visualize the world of soil molecules and root hairs, of hydrogen ions, covalent bonds, […]

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Book Review: A Native Plants Reader

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guides for a Greener Planet Edited by Niall Dunne Published by Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2012 Reviewed by Bruce Patterson A Native Plants Reader is an impressive collection of native plant essays by distinguished authors, educators, conservationists, and horticulturalists. Their personal stories working with native plants in the Northeast weave together a wide […]

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