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I was really disappointed in this book. I'd agree that Roger Turner had some interesting things to say, but the reason I bought the book was because I've become a plant collector, and am now struggling to keep some sense of order and an overall pleasing effect in the garden. The title of the book was Design In the Plant Collector's Garden so I thought...perfect!
But for for me, he came across a bit arrogant - I'm a hosta lover and here's what he said about them:
"One wonderful hosta is a major statement. Two major statements is an embarrassment, like two presidential candidates on one platform. As for carpets of hostas, these make those of us with small gardens feel quite ill..."
I've read some comments that people have found him funny. I'm one to see the humour in most things so I find it surprising that to me he didn't come across as funny at all; in fact I started to cringe at the odd distainful comment, but I kept reading. However, when he made that comment about the hostas (above) he totally lost me. I'm sure hostas must be one of the most-collected groups of plants, no? I said to myself "Mr. Turner, what was the name of your book again?" lol
Roger Turner gives concise and detailed advice on what to do with the variety and quantity of plants one has the propensity to purchase and collect, whether on a on a shopping binge for daylilies, a mission to find that perfect hosta, or trekking in Himalya for that unique alpine.
In a well organized approach, Turner will help you determine what theme or purpose your garden will serve, how to define your collections, and then, how to place them in your garden to their best advantage.
I thought this book was most useful, especially since I am finding myself with a plethora of plants and few organizational or design skills to display them properly.