Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Lone Pine (January 22, 2004)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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I carry this book with me during nursery visits, just in case I'm struck by that "Wow, I'd love to have that!" inspiration. Which leads me to say how much I appreciate the construction and form factor of this book. The rounded page edges, the water-resistance coating on the cover and the matte finish on the inside pages all make this an easy to use reference.Lone Pine has produced other books with this same look and feel, for example Perennials for Ohio and Annuals for Ohio.The authors have done a great job including high quality photos, an introduction to each group of trees and shrubs and recommended varieties (backed by Fred Hower's extensive experience as a horticultural consultant, certified arborist and landscape designer.)Recommended read and reference.
As an Ohioan, anything by Fred Hower is worth reading. I enjoyed the pictures and the ideas for my own gardening, but wish that the book was more technical. It is very frustrating to me that the book doesn't rely more heavily on Latin names, doesn't cover many cultivars, and is a little on the thin side. It is certainly more of a "greatest hits" for Ohio home gardeners than a complete reference for an Ohio gardening enthusiast or professional.All that being said, I wouldn't part with my copy, and have given copies as a gift. I'd love to see Mr. Hower write more, particularly an expanded version of this volume, or more specific areas in addition to it, especially perennial gardening.
As a native buckeye with no plant knowledge and a black thumb, this book is great! It is an alphabetical reference to all the native trees & shrubs. It tells you their good points, bad points, tips for success, etc in a very practical format. It also has TONS of photos of how the plant looks in different seasons. We moved out of the city & onto an acre, and this book has been used a lot!
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