Synopses & Reviews
For over a decade, Lauren Springer and Rob Proctor have been good friends and garden writing colleagues. In Passionate Gardening, readers will be entertained, informed, and inspired by the pair's practical wisdom, wit, and tales of perseverance. Gardeners who live in challenging climates where extremes of temperatures, wind, and more are the norm. Garden success depends on on the most appropriate plant selections, the best gardening techniques, and maximizing the seasons. Every subject the authors tacklefrom early snows to slugs, from bulbs to botanical Latinurges readers to make the most of the gardens they tend.
Passionate Gardener takes the gardener through the season in a most comprehensive, yet pleasurable and accessible way, as the authors celebrate a diversity of plants for every site and every season. The champion sound, ecologically friendly gardening techniques, from soil and water issues to pest management. They also offer up stories of their horticultural adventures as their personal gardens have evolved, making this lively, information-packed reading with a personal, real touch.
Hailed by critics and fellow garden writers as among the top American garden writers of today, Lauren and Rob have translated their shared passion for gardening into gardens that thrive beautifully and into a new book that will raise the spirits, expectations, and results of all those who read it. With its mixture of sparkling essays and lush photographs, Passionate Gardening is an indispensable guide for both budding and seasoned gardeners.
"Full-color book explores every facet of gardening. A book for everyone, it would look almost as lovely on a pristine glass coffee table as it would sprinkled with dirt next to you in your garden." Garden and Greenhouse
"Bursting with good ideas and the joy of growing and designing with plants. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Whether sharing process, making us think, or simply making us laugh out loud, Lauren and Rob encourage us to share their passionate approach to gardening." —Ann Lovejoy, author
"Readers throughout North America will gain from the wit and wisdom of these two passionate gardeners." —Pacific Horticulture magazine
"Rob and Lauren are the Sonny and Cher of horticulture. Witty, entertaining, and knowledgeable, they are divas in their own right. These two passionate gardeners live and work theirpassion and this book describes it." —Chris Woods, director Chanticleer, a pleasure garden
Foreword Magazine Book of the Year
American Horticultural Society Annual Book Award
Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist
Quill and Trowel Award
Through an assortment of informative, fun, and friendly essays, Lauren Springer and Rob Proctor champion sound, ecologically friendly gardening techniques, offering up their own horticultural adventures as their personal gardens have evolved through the seasons.
In this gorgeous and informative book, the reader gets not one but two powerhouse gardening writers who estimate that together they have grown around 3,000 species. Lauren and Rob work in different settings--one in the city, one in the country--and by traveling through the seasons, they reveal their secrets to handling almost any gardening challenge. Beautiful photographs, engaging text about their varied adventures, and the joy of gardening under any conditions spring forth from the page to the delight of all readers.
About the Author
Lauren Springer Ogden and Rob Proctor are authors, photographers, lecturers, garden designers, and above all, passionate gardeners. Their writings have appeared in many national publications. For eight years, they collaborated on an award-winning gardening column for The Denver Post.
Rob is the author of ten books, including Naturalizing Bulbs and Herbs in the Garden: The Art of Intermingling. He and his garden frequently appear on the Discovery Channel. An accomplished artist, he taught for eight years at Denver Botanic Gardens' School of Botanical Illustration, and his works hang in the Smithsonian. He is director of horticulture at Denver Botanic Gardens. He tends his own one-acre garden without benefit of staff.
Lauren gardened professionally on both sides of the Atlantic before receiving her master's degree in horticulture. She designs gardens for the public; her private gardens have been featured on television and in numerous publications. The American Horticultural Society named her book The Undaunted Garden (Fulcrum Publishing) one of the 75 best American gardening books of the recent century. In the foothills of Colorado, she divides her time between an untold number of plants, four dogs, two horses, ten cats, three children, and one husband.