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Reviews of Herbs and Their Ornamental Uses (Plants & Gardens Vol 28, No 1, #68 - Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

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Author (1): Hester Mettler Crawford
Author (2): Frederick McGourty, Jr.
Author (3): Marjorie J. Dietz

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Publish date: January 1992
Published by: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
List price: $1.50
ISBN Number: 0945352077



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Positive bluespiral On Mar 4, 2005, bluespiral wrote:

This small handbook is an anthology crammed with information in the form of eloquent essays and very comprehensive lists. The black and white pictures catch the unique qualities of form in leaf and general habit of herbs. Some of the titles of the lists are:

Edging Plants for Herb Gardens (includes shade-tolerant herbs)
Worthy Herbs for the Rock Garden (includes shade-tolerant herbs)

I like the essays in this one because they apply to many different kinds of site conditions and lifestyles which, at first, might seem too much of an obstacle to making an herb garden. There's something here for everyone.

In 2003, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden redesigned this series of Plants and Gardens handbooks. They are each 120 pages long and cost $9.95. Although I have not seen them, this version, though out of print, is an antique whose style is sadly not seen often nowadays. It is my most treasured book on herb garden design and, to me, irreplacable.

On March 4th, 2005, bluespiral added the following:

On March 5th, 2005, bluespiral added the following:

Since the Brooklyn Botanic Garden redesigned this series in 2003, I suspect that the ISBN number added to this book entry might not be the same book.

This book brings most categories of plants - bulbs, hardy rock garden and border perenials, annuals and tropicals, and woody plants together within the context of designing an herb garden. Essays are devoted separately to using herbs in rock gardens, \"English\" flower gardens, container and balcony gardens, kitchen gardens, winter gardens, silver gardens, fragrance gardens, knot gardens, old rose gardens, tiny city gardens, etc. There are gardens described for Chicago, California and New Zealand, etc.

This is where I first read about terracing a slope using box as the retaining wall. It is a highly conceptual book, that together with the wide range of information, leads you to think in terms of taking any design idea and translating it into a variety of site conditions.

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