With these gardening books, you will be armed to tackle the most ambitious of gardening projects. From shaping trees into animal figures to learning the basics about what type of plants best suit your yard, these books cover it all.

Topiary and the Art of Training PlantsTopiary and the Art of Training Plantspadby David Joyce

Topiary and the Art of Training Plants is essential for anyone who dreams of enlivening the garden with living ornaments. A sculpted bird or a neat box obelisk, a sweet-smelling rambler rose twisting over a pergola, an apple tree elegantly fan-trained against a wall-topiary and the ornamental training of plants are stylish ways of enhancing the character and structure of any garden, large or small. Combining exciting designs with thorough technical instruction, this book is a complete guide to the art and craft of creating these increasingly popular (and surprisingly low-maintenance) decorative garden effects.

With clear advice supported by step-by-step illustrations making it accessible for all gardeners, Topiary and the Art of Training Plants contains a wealth of ideas including how to sculpt topiary shapes for year-round decorative effect; rejuvenate neglected trees, shrubs and hedges; and train climbers and twiners to make fragrant, colorful arches and arbors. Garden plans show how to incorporate the effects into beds, borders, and whole gardens. A directory gives details of the many plants suitable for shaping, training, and topiary. With 120 beautiful photographs, 60 illustrations and plant source listings, the book is as inspiring as it is practical and comprehensive.

--from Firefly

Armed with the techniques detailed in this guide, any gardener can train and trim shrubs and trees into all sorts of shapes, even animals. Joyce explains how to incorporate topiary into beds, borders, and whole gardens. He points gardeners to plants best suited for shaping and relays basic information about maintaining topiary over the seasons and years. He also details how to train fruit trees into fans and cordons and how to guide climbing vines into fragrant arches and arbors. The book also includes short sections on mazes and knot gardens. Tons of color photographs illustrate complete garden designs, individual specimens, and step-by-step directions.

--from Science News

Firefly, 2000, 160 p., color photos/illus., 9 7/8" X 9 13/16" paperback
Topiary and the Art of Training Plants
American Horticultural Society Gardening ManualAmerican Horticultural Society Gardening ManualpadGillian Roberts, ed.

Created in close cooperation with one of the premier gardening authorities, the American Horticultural Society Gardening Manual is packed with information on all aspects of planning, making, and maintaining a garden. It presents expert advice in a quick-reference format that meets the requirements of today's busy gardeners.

This all-inclusive guide features a specially devised, highly accessible four-part format. Part 1 helps you choose the style of garden best suited to your lifestyle, site, and budget, bearing in mind the time you are prepared to spend on maintenance. Part 2 provides full coverage of essential gardening skills and is organized according to areas of the garden for easy reference. Part 3 takes every season and showcases a selection of plants the are reliable, easy to grow, and readily available performers. Part 4 sets out key tasks season by season to keep your garden in peak condition throughout the year.

A superb grounding for the beginner and an authoritative companion guide for the enthusiast, this comprehensive reference work also includes garden design and planning, the choice and care of plants, and the construction of hard features.

--from Dorling Kindersley

A plethora of full-color photographs and drawings of plants, landscape designs, and gardening techniques makes this volume a useful reference for planning and maintaining any type of garden. It includes lessons on creating an herb garden, laying concrete for patios and paths, making water features, using ornamental trees, nurturing fruits and vegetables, and planting containers. Opening chapters help gardeners assess the style of garden best suited to their lifestyle, property, and budget. Then, the book details the skills necessary to implement a garden or landscape plan. Seasonal plant guides and a maintenance schedule should help readers keep the landscape around them vibrant all year long.

--from Science News

DK, 2000, 420 p., color photos/illus., 9 1/4" X 11 1/2" hardcover
American Horticultural Society Gardening Manual
Christopher Lloyds Garden FlowersChristopher Lloyd's Garden Flowerspadby Christopher Lloyd

A gardening event for the new century and a treat for gardeners everywhere, this is Christopher Lloyd's most important book since The Well-tempered Garden of 30 years ago. After some persuasion, and over a period of several winters (his writing months), he has put down, genus by alphabetical genus, everything he has learned, thought, seen, tried, likes or regrets about these plants: individually and in combination, at different seasons of the year, at his own famous garden of Great Dixter or at other peoples', sometimes further afield-in Scotland,

The result-Christopher Lloyd's Garden Flowers-is all that we expected and hoped for, and more. Lloyd spills the stored-up beans with lavish hand. Ever the scholar among professional gardeners, absorbed in every aspect of gardening, formidably knowledgeable, iconoclastic, sometimes dyspeptic or actually quite rude, always entertaining, he makes us see and makes us think.

It is hard to imagine any gardener anywhere using and re-using this book without pleasure, excitement, instruction, amusement and the frequent reaction: "I must grow this . . . we really must get that." It is surely impossible to read it without looking at the garden with new eyes and new ideas-without, in fact, becoming a better and happier gardener.

--from Timber Press

Unlike summaries in many other traditional horticultural encyclopedias, Lloyd's profiles of plants are loaded with his own opinions and experiences. Organized alphabetically by genus, the entries feature the usual host of facts common names, varieties, size, flower color, height, propagation techniques, details about pests and diseases attracted to the plant, and the best way to integrate the plant into garden design. While recording the specifics, Lloyd proffers lively opinions based on his experiences from growing each specimen in his native England. He points out both the strengths and weaknesses of these plants. Lots of brilliant color photographs aid Lloyd in imparting a working knowledge of and some insight about perennials, bulbs, corms, ferns, and grasses.

--from Science News

Timber Pr, 2000, 384 p., color photos, 7 1/2" X 9 15/16" hardcover
Christopher Lloyd's Garden Flowers

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