The first third of this handbook on a woodland garden is stimulating and challenging, and should prove enormously helpful to anyone who has a bit of woodland area of which a garden could be made. This is not to be confused with a rock garden, though some of the information applies to both. There is readily comprehensible data on the scientific background of interrelation of soil, trees, ferns, windflowers, the bacteria present in these areas, and what one needs to know to reproduce conditions in which woodland plants will flourish. The suggestions on when and how to collect these plants, how to loss back to the woods surplus in exchange for what is taken out, how to re-establish depleted areas all this I found fascinating. The last two thirds of the book, in which some 250 woodland plants are described, had a great deal that the interested observer would want to know, but the arrangement I found difficult and impractical. Probably the naturalist would immediately see the reason for the order.