Synopses & Reviews
Few gardens can transport visitors to wild and rugged landscapes as well as rock gardens. Eye-catching rock gardens are among the most challenging — and satisfying — expressions of the gardener's craft. A true rock garden is a specialized habitat that allows the gardener to grow plants that do not flourish anywhere else. This book offers the first comprehensive treatment of building rock gardens in all parts of North America. Topics covered include rock placement, materials, and planting and maintenance. Variations on the rock garden theme, from planting troughs to creating water features are also discussed. The book presents regional styles and techniques and profiles a dozen public rock gardens from Oregon to Newfoundland. More than 100 inspiring photos accompany the lively text.
"Lovely examples of berm, scree, and xeric gardens, both public and private, with a welcome emphasis on the aesthetics of integrating these various contrivances, from rock outcroppings to expanses of gravels, into the larger garden picture."
—Horticulture, June 2004 Horticulture
"Though its pages are graced with more than 100 color images — many showcasing exquisitely conceived and executed rock gardens — this is by no means a mere coffee table book, but rather a treatise that covers every aspect of rock gardening, from sitting and construction to plant selection, culture, and ongoing maintenance."
—Barry Glick, American Gardener, May/June 2004 American Gardener
"Rock Garden Design and Construction
is the first book on the subject to attempt to serve gardeners in all parts of North America, and we are in debt to the North American Rock Garden Society for this fine contribution to the literature ... the novice and advanced gardener are both well-served by this new reference."
—Pacific Horticulture, Fall 2003 Pacific Horticulture
Offers the first comprehensive treatment of building rock gardens in all parts of North America. Topics covered include rock placement, materials, and planting and maintenance.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 298-305) and index.
A wonderful guidebook for those considering starting a rock garden. A comprehensive treatment on design, styles, materials, and planting, with profiles of a dozen public rock gardens in the United States and Canada.
About the Author
The North American Rock Garden Society, with members throughout the world, is devoted to all aspects of growing plants in rock gardens: what they are, where to obtain them, and where to observe them in the wild. The society publishes Rock Garden Quarterly
and holds national meetings; more than 30 local chapters in the United States and Canada convene regularly.