Synopses & Reviews
Itand#8217;s a rare midwesterner who doesnand#8217;t grow something, whether potted plants on a porch, caged tomato vines, a blooming border, or a solitary rose. And itand#8217;s an even rarer midwestern gardener who isnand#8217;t sometimes flummoxed by extremes of weather, pesky insects and persistent diseases, or simple questions about what to plant where. For nearly four decades, Jan Riggenbach has given these gardeners answers, as well as a weekly dose of gentle humor and wise counsel, in her widely syndicated newspaper column, Midwest Gardening. Your Midwest Garden
draws on these columns to offer readers in Americaand#8217;s heartland all the gardening information they want and need, along with plenty they might not even suspect theyand#8217;re missing.
Annuals and perennials, shrubs and vines, fruits and vegetables, wildflowers, bulbs, and herbs: As readable as it is useful, this book reviews the familiar, reconsiders old favorites, and introduces dozens of surprising and seldom-grown plants ideal for Midwest gardens and landscapes. Illustrated with color photos from the authorand#8217;s garden, it provides tips on plant placement and care, starting seeds and making compost, matching specimens and sites, combating insects and diseases, simplifying garden chores, designing for winter beauty, and myriad other ways of enriching and enjoying your Midwest garden.
The area around your home is your haven, your sanctuary, your refuge from the noise and irritation of traffic, eyesores, and nosy neighbors. Or at least it could be if there was some sort of barrier between your front yard and the sidewalk, or if you didn't have to stare at the back of the neighbors' garage when you want to relax on your patio.
Landscaping for Privacy brims with creative ideas for minimizing or even eliminating the nuisances that intrude on your personal outdoor space. Scores of real-world examples show you how to keep the outside world at bay by strategically placing buffers (such as berms or groups of small trees), barriers (such as fences), and screens (arbors or hedges, for example) around your property. And the helpful plant lists tell you precisely which varieties to choose in order to enhance your sense of seclusion.
If you've ever felt frustrated by the lack of privacy whenever you step outside your home, this inspiring book will steer you toward an achievable solution.
About the Author
Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based writer and speaker on gardens and travel. She is the author of three other books: The Bellevue Botanical Garden: Celebrating 15 Years
, Big Ideas for Northwest Small Gardens
, and The Big Book of Northwest Perennials
Marty writes for Landscape Architecture magazine and contributes to other national publications including American Gardener, Country Gardens, and Gardening How-to. She volunteers on the editorial board of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, and is a weekly guest on the "Greendays" segment on KUOW, Seattle's National Public Radio station.
Marty has a masters degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington, and is active in the Arboretum Foundation, the Northwest Horticultural Society, the Royal Horticultural Society, and the Garden Writers Association. She leads garden tours to England, Scotland and Ireland, and North American destinations.