Archive | Book and DVD Reviews

Ebook Review: Greater Garden Yields with Drip Irrigation

Greater Garden Yields with Drip Irrigation Written by Robert Kourik Published by Metamorphic Press, 2012 Reviewed by Brett Graf Robert Kourik’s ebook, Greater Garden Yields with Drip Irrigation, provides strong evidence that drip irrigation is not just for low-water landscapes. It contains information from numerous studies that show that using proper drip irrigation strategies can […]

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Book Review: A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens

A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens Written by Carole Ottesen Published by Smithsonian Books, 2011 Reviewed by Risa Edelstein As a landscape designer, I try to visit gardens every season both for inspiration and fresh ideas. A few years ago, I was in Washington with colleagues, and we got to see some of the gardens in […]

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Book Review: Garden Your City

Garden Your City Written by Barbara Hobens Feldt Published by Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005 Reviewed by Maureen Sundberg Barbara Hobens Feldt’s enthusiasm for urban gardening is evident in every page of Garden Your City. Feldt sees gardening possibilities everywhere – tiny fire escapes and curbside planters, rooftops and parks. And she offers practical advice to […]

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Book Review: Asphalt to Ecosystems

Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation Written by Sharon Gamson Danks; Published by New Village Press Reviewed by Trevor Smith The transformation of our nation’s asphalt and turf schoolyards into thriving educational and inspirational Green Space sounds like the ultimate “kumbaya” notion. A notion that one might assume would surely suffocate under mountains […]

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Book Review: The Woods in Your Backyard

The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home Written by Jonathan Kays, Joy Drohan, Adam Downing, Jim Finley; Published by NRAES (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service) Reviewed by Peggy Newfield This book is for landowners of one to ten acres of forested, semi-forested, or non-forested land who […]

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Book Review: The Book of Leaves

The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World’s Great Trees Text by Allen J. Coombes Edited and Photographed by Zsolt Debreczy Produced by Ivy Press, United Kingdom Published by University of Chicago Press, 2011. Reviewed by Penny Lewis “Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our […]

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Book Review: Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East

Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East (Rutgers University Press, 2010) is written by Carolyn Summers. Summers will be presenting “The Practical Challenges of Designing with Native Plants” at ELA’s Conference & Eco-Marketplace on March 3. reviewed by Risa Edelstein If you’ve read Doug Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home and were hungry for more, […]

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