Archive | Book and DVD Reviews

Film Review: Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

Film by Catherine Zimmerman, 2016 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home is a 90-minute environmental documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker, Catherine Zimmerman that educates the viewer about the critical role that native plants play in our ecosystems. Beyond the education, the film shares a series of successful, nation-wide initiatives that […]

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Book Review: Understanding Roots

Written by Robert Kourik Published by Metamorphic Press, August 2015 Reviewed by: M.L. Altobelli The books of Robert Kourik should be in every land manager’s library.  Understanding Roots is his newest book and adds to and updates information found in Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally (2005) and Roots Demystified (2007). Like many of […]

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Book Review: The Permaculture City

Written by Toby Hemenway Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, July 31, 2015 Reviewed by Trevor Smith This is not another Herb Spiral how to! Toby Hemenway’s The Permaculture City is a manual to practice permaculture, not a compilation of permaculture practices. Hemenway provides a tool kit “general enough to be applied to nearly any situation […]

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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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