Dr. Bill Welch and Greg Grant's new book, Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday's Plants for Today's Gardens
Inside the front cover: "Not only a comprehensive resource for those who want to learn about America's gardening heritage. Welch and Grant's Heirloom Gardening the the South is also a captivating, personal encounter with two dedicated and passionate gardeners whose love of heritage gardening infuses the work from beginning to end. anyone who wants to know how to find and grow time-honored and pass-along plants or wants to create and nurture a traditional garden is sure to find this a must-have addition to the home gardening library. Including sections on garden heritage, new essays on naturalizing daffodils, garden design, growing fruit, and other topics, this expanded edition also features a completely updated and expanded heirloom plant encyclopedia with revised plant lists (bulbs, cemetery plants, and others) and delightful narratives of the creation of two of the authors' personal gardens. Building on the popularity of the original edition, this lively, entertaining, and informative new book from two proven experts will be enthusiastically welcomed by gardeners and horticulturists throughout Texas and the South."
A quote from the authors in the preface of the book: "We are committed to helping you create the garden of your dreams and along with it one that expresses a strong sense of place and commitment to sustainability. This implies presenting information about many of our native plants. Our ancestors gardened largely within natural rainfall, soil, and weather conditions. The plants included in our list are not meant to be the only ones considered but are among the best-adapted and "time-tested" species for the South."
Dr. Bill Welch and Greg Grant have teamed up to produce this enjoyable and excellent resource for southern gardeners. A renowned horticulturist, Jerry Spencer, has remarked, "I really enjoyed reading a book written in the first person as if it was a personal letter from a close friend not unlike Thomas Jefferson's many letters to those who shared his joy in gardening and farming. The in-depth history of many plants makes us appreciate the horticultural heritage we enjoy....My only disappointment was that it came to an end after only 500 pages. I could have read much more."
The interesting and lovely work includes 483 color photos and makes for excellent reading!
8.5 x 10, 544 pp. 483 color photos. Map. Index. Pub Date: 04/07/2011