WILD FLOWER GARDENING by Norman Taylor

WILD FLOWER GARDENING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a good companion piece for Emily S. Parcher's Shady Gardens (Prentice- Hall- see report P. 118) -- and supplies a cautionary note for the over-ambitious. Norman Taylor speaks as a conservationist, urging care in plunging too enthusiastically into woodland gardening. He establishes his background of sound ecology, clearer understanding of what woodland flowers need for growth, which will not transplant at all, and which demand virtual duplication of growing conditions, soil, moisture, exposure, etc. This behind him- and his readers- he proceeds to expound all aspects:- location, preparation, selection of material. In his listings he indicates the special conditions of acidity, he describes each plant, and where important gives the necessary instructions for transplanting and method of replanting. Then- with the woodland garden behind him, he discusses other aspects of wild flower gardening,- thickets and open places, sands and seashore, swamp, marsh, meadow and bog. And in a final chapter he takes up things that only the patient expert should attempt. One might call this a graduate study in a specialized field.

ISBN: 0548387184
Publisher: Van Nostrand