Gardening With A Wild Heart

Gardening With A Wild Heart

Restoring California's Native Landscapes at Home

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Essays discuss wildflower gardening, the ecology of native grasses, wildland seed collecting, principles of natural design, and plant/animal interactions for California gardens

University of California Press
This lyrical and articulate mix of the practical and the poetic combines personal story, wildland ecology, restoration gardening practices, and native plant horticulture. Judith Lowry's voice and experiences make a rich matrix for essays that include discussions of wildflower gardening, the ecology of native grasses, wildland seed-collecting, principles of natural design, and plant/animal interactions. Though this book is based on California gardens, readers from all parts of the country will be inspired and informed by these examples of gardening to include "the larger garden beyond the fence."

Gardening with a Wild Heart promises to be a classic for lovers of nature writing, gardeners, bioregionalists, and students and professionals in horticulture, landscape design, and ecological restoration.

"Judith Lowry is among the most graceful of the new matchmakers who are arranging marriages between ourselves and the unique landscapes around us. Lowry gently guides us home by teaching us how to learn from the plants that grow wild outside our doorways. If native plant gardening is the way you'd like to spend your courtship of place, this book illuminates better than any I've seen the delights and surprises of such a path."--Freeman House, author of Totem Salmon

"Gardening with a Wild Heart has earned my highest recommendation. Judith Larner Lowry provides an insightful, inspirational, and timely account of the need to understand and foster our ecological heritage through the lens of one's own garden. Ideas and concepts important to the home restoration gardener are presented and discussed in a thought-provoking and enjoyable manner. The author's practical methods and down-to-earth observations are used to both illuminate and clarify many of the themes of this compelling book."--Bart O'Brien, Director of Horticulture, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, California

"This book is destined to become a classic for the gardener's shelf both for its inspired and enlightened language, and its acute observation and practical information. Judith Lowry introduces us to the plants of her restoration garden, with their names and descriptions of their uniqueness. She gives us a heavenly view of California wildflower fields and describes the special beauty of seeds and the delicate taste of native plants. This is a living book, aware of the dignity of the plants themselves, with a love of place and value of what it is to be 'home'."--Joanne Kyger, author of Just Space

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1999.
ISBN: 9780520215177
Branch Call Number: 635.951794 LOW
Characteristics: xiv, 252 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.


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Jan 07, 2017

I downloaded the e-book and was disappointed that there were no color pictures of the plants.


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