The Wild Gardener: On Flowers and Foliage for the Natural Border

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Stackpole Books, 2000 - Crafts & Hobbies - 248 pages
  • Selected as one of the 75 Great Garden Books by the American Horticultural Society
  • Winner of the Garden Writers of America Art of Communication Award, 1991

In this modern classic of gardening, noted author and artist Peter Loewer explores native American plants for the wild garden, whether it's a green sanctuary in the midst of a concrete landscape or a natural area on the edge of virgin forest. The book includes reliable information on cultivating and propagating the best wildflowers and shrubs and offers curious folklore and historical footnotes on wild flora and fauna.

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User Review  - mldg - LibraryThing

This is a lovely book consisting of 49 essays about plants, insects, and other creatures that can be found in the wild garden. I grew up thinking of many of these plants as weeds. These informative essays have given me a new appreciation for wild native plants. Well written. Thoroughly indexed. Read full review

The wild gardener: on flowers and foliage for the natural border

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In this collection of 64 charming essays, well-known horticultural writer Loewer reflects on the flora and fauna encountered in his woodland gardens. Included in this melange for both the practicing ... Read full review

Contents

BLACKFLIES BEADLILIES AND TRILLIUMS
45
FERNS FOR THE WILD GARDEN EARWIGS
52
WILD SORREL THE GARDEN UNDER SEIG
60
THE BEAUTIFUL ADONIS INDIAN PIPES
68
CARDINAL FLOWER THE GREAT MEDICINE SHOW
75
THE MANEATERS
148
A GIANT WILDFLOWER ST FIACRE
170
THOSE WILD AMERICANS
179
HORSE BALM BERRY
185
MONKSHOOD FOOD FOR THE BIRDS
216
Sources for Plants
242
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About the author (2000)

Peter Loewer is vice president of the Botanical Gardens at Asheville in North Carolina and author of more than twenty gardening books.

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