Gardening with a Wild Heart: Restoring California's Native Landscapes at Home

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Gardening - 252 pages
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This lyrical and articulate mix of the practical and the poetic combines personal story, wildland ecology, restoration gardening practices, and native plant horticulture. Judith Lowry's voice and experiences make a rich matrix for essays that include discussions of wildflower gardening, the ecology of native grasses, wildland seed-collecting, principles of natural design, and plant/animal interactions. Though this book is based on California gardens, readers from all parts of the country will be inspired and informed by these examples of gardening to include "the larger garden beyond the fence."

Gardening with a Wild Heart promises to be a classic for lovers of nature writing, gardeners, bioregionalists, and students and professionals in horticulture, landscape design, and ecological restoration.
  

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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

Elegantly written & packed with useful information to help gardeners rethink how & what they plant & nurture. Seed-saving, food cropping with CA native plants, restoration gardening are just some of topics Lowry covers here. Read full review

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User Review  - Ruth - Goodreads

I loved this book. Motivated me on many levels to convert to California natives. Lots of good resources for learning opportunities in the bay area community. Read full review

Contents

BEGINNINGS
4
TIPPING THE BALANCE
21
Design Thoughts Principles and Guidelines
35
In the Changeful Garden
55
Examples of BackYard Restoration Gardens
65
DOING THE REAL WORK
75
Wildland Seed Harvest
145
Seed Propagation and Planting Techniques
153
RESOURCES FOR THE BACKYARD
169
Tools and Tricks of the Trade
192
In My Town
209
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About the author (1999)

For the past twenty years Judith Larner Lowry has been the proprietor of Larner Seeds in Marin County, California. Her essays on native plant gardening have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including American Nature Writing 1996, edited by John A. Murray. She lives with her daughter in northern California.

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