Synopses & Reviews
When bad weather happens to good gardens, most gardening books aren't much help. Stepping into the breach is The Weather-Resilient Garden, a comprehensive one-of-a-kind, region-by-region reference on how to plan and grow a garden that will flourish in normal conditions and be hardy enough to survive and thrive despite drought, salt, flooding, ice, snow, lightning, hail, high winds, extreme hot or cold spells, and even fire.
As part of his "defensive gardening" approach, horticulturist Charles W. G. Smith provides an encyclopedic list of resilient plants, with specific advice for each region of the United States. And for gardeners who regard "hardy" as a synonym for "unattractive," be assured that the plants Smith recommends are as beautiful as they are resilient.
Of course, sometimes weather is so violent that even the hardiest gardens are damaged. For those situations, Smith offers detailed problem-solving advice for every possibility---from something as simple as a tree that has lost a limb to a flooded lawn, uprooted plants, or damaged soil. He even explains what preventive measures you can take to minimize the damage when you know bad weather is on its way.
"His advice is worth heeding for any gardener who wants his or her time and effort to pay off every year, regardless of the weather."
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"In addition to sound gardening advice, the book is chock-full of fascinating and useful information."
-Detroit News and Free Press
"Blend an encyclopedia of 100 hardy plants with expert advice on how to organize a garden for inclement weather and you have a solid key to a lasting, beautiful garden.
-The Midwest Book Review
"From evaluating the landscape for problem areas to selecting plants that are as resilient as they are beautiful, Smith shows readers how to plant a gorgeous garden that is tough enough to withstand anything nature might deliver."
Drought, flood, hail, and wind are just a few of the challenges that extreme weather can present as you're trying to grow healthy plants. Charles W. G. Smith helps you tackle unforeseen weather changes using his ingenious defensive approach to gardening. With profiles of 100 hardy plants and tips on expertly dealing with broken tree limbs and uprooted plants, Smith provides all the information you need to plan and maintain a gorgeous, durable garden that will stand up to whatever nature throws at it.
About the Author
A former horticulturalist with White Flower Farm, Charles W. G. Smith was also an instructor of vocational agriculture. He has written about gardening and environmental issues for over a decade. He is the author of Storey's The Big Book of Gardening Secrets, and also has written Nature Walks in the Berkshire Hills from first-hand knowledge gathered right outside his own front door--he lives in a log cabin in the western Berkshire region of Massachusetts.