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The Gossler Guide to the Best Hardy Shrubs: More Than 350 Expert Choices for Your Gardenby Eric Gossler
Synopses & Reviews
For most homeowners, shrubs are an essential part of the yard or garden because they provide shade, flowers, and foliage from spring through fall. Unfortunately, the choices available at many garden centers tend to be predictable and often unsuited to the local climate and growing conditions.
It doesn't have to be that way. The superior plants available today can transform ho-hum gardens into scenes of beauty and serenity. For decades, the Gossler family has tested, propagated, and sold the very best hardy shrubs from around the world. This book is a distillation of their expertise — a guide to more than 350 of the most beautiful, versatile, and growable shrubs. Plant profiles describe the plant's main characteristics, give height and spread, and list the growing conditions needed to thrive.
Book News Annotation:
Owners of the Gossler Farms Nursery in Springfield, Oregon share their expertise on the creative, practical use of well- and lesser- known shrubs in the landscape; personal plant categories (from old standards to fun oddities); and A-Z profiles of best-of-genus choices that are hardy to at least zone 5. The guide includes a foreword by garden writer John E. Elsley, color photographs, the USDA plant hardiness zones (with a reference to the website for the map), and listing of plants for specific sites and purposes. Some may quibble with the description of the flowers of Edgeworthia chrysantha as "slightly scented." Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Eric Gossler grew up in the Gossler family farm and nursery. After graduating from Oregon State University in Environmental Health and Safety, he moved to LaGrande, Oregon, to work as a consultant for an insurance company before returning home to work in the nursery. Eric is primarily responsible for physical operations, construction, and maintenance in this family enterprise. He is also the main packer for the shipping, boxing most of the orders personally.
Marjory Gossler is responsible for the office operations at Gossler Farms Nursery and reviews each order prior to shipping. She graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in physical education and science. After several years as a teacher, she came to the farm and nursery where she has worked for the past 55 years. She plans to continue keeping Roger and Eric in line as long as there is still time for golf.
Roger Gossler is one of those rare individuals who knew his career from birth. He became interested in plants at an early age and quickly became a leader in promoting the use of woody trees and shrubs. Roger is the buyer and main grower for Gossler Farms Nursery. He avidly researches what is new in the trade and worthy of inclusion in the nursery's catalog. He speaks on related topics to plant groups around the country.
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