Synopses & Reviews
This collection of plant profiles draws from the author's popular gardening column and is illustrated with Rene Eisenbart's lush watercolor paintings. Ketzel has selected 100 plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest's mild, soggy winters and temperate, dry summers, though readers anywhere can appreciate the beauty of the images and her practical advice. Organized by season, the book includes each plant's Latin name, common name, basic needs, growing tips, and worst enemy. The profiles offer botanical information and stories from the garden, delivered with Ketzel's trademark style and enthusiasm.
Known as "The Doyenne of Dirt" on NPR's "Weekend Edition", Ketzel Levine has a national reputation for unabashed gardening advice. Drawn from her popular column in The Oregonian, here are Levine's 100 recommendations for the best perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees. With gorgeous watercolor illustrations of every plant, this book constitutes the ultimate gardener's shopping list! Levine reveals what's so special about her picks, along with advice on how to keep them happy. So whether it is clematis cirrhosa (sounds like "feminist mimosa") or ophiopogon (rhymes with "sophie showed logan"), these plants are the best of the best, served up with a whole lot of attitude.
About the Author
Both Ketzel Levine and artist René Eisenbart live in Portland, OR.