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Natural Landscaping: Designing With Native Plant Communities

In response to demand from landscape architects and home gardeners, Natural Landscaping returns to print in an updated and expanded second edition. It is unique in its focus on plant communities; it approaches landscape design as the establishment of natural ecosystems, rather than mere planting of specimens. Emphasizing the natural landscapes of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, this booko reviews landscaping principles and techniqueso introduces native plant species for grasslands, forests, edge areas, and small wetlandso illustrates how to evaluate a site and plan for visual effect and maintenanceo presents the issues involved in restoring bogs, ponds, and other wetlandso offers practical advice on reducing chemical use while still combating invasive plantso addresses social, legal, design, and planting problems often encountered on residential siteso discusses natural landscaping for public parklands, civic buildings, school grounds, and corporate properties --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Hardcover: 276 pages

Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill; 1st edition (February 1982)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 007016813X

ISBN-13: 978-0070168138

Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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I have the 1982 edition of this book - I stumbled across it and have been amazed ever since that such a book was written in 1982 before this approach to gardening/landscaping was popular.It is tailored to the midwest, but the technical solidity and sound design concepts should apply anywhere.

Now in an updated and expanded second edition, Natural Landscaping: Designing With Native Plant Communities by licensed architect and landscaping authority John Diekelmann and natural plan restoration expert Robert Schuster is a fascinating, "user friendly" instructional guide on basic landscaping principles, as well as cogent, authoritative advice on how to restore wetlands and introduce native plant species for wetlands, grasslands, forests, and more. Black-and-white photographs as well as an inset section of color plates wonderfully illustrate this meticulous, fact-filled, professional quality, highly recommended "how-to" guide for anyone aspiring to enhance or restore native plant communities.

Natural Landscaping is an essential resource for anyone interested in landscaping with native plants. The importance of learning to use native plants is so important as we face continuing droughts in various parts of the country, including here in Williamsburg, VA. The book is so full of information that I find myself going back to it often. Many thanks to the authors for this fine volume.

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