The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening

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Thomas Christopher
Timber Press, 2011 - Gardening - 255 pages
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Gardeners are the front line of defense in our struggle to tackle the problems of global warming, loss of habitat, water shortages, and shrinking biodiversity. In The New American Landscape, author and editor Thomas Christopher brings together the best thinkers on the topic of gardening sustainably, and asks them to describe the future of the sustainable landscape. The discussion unfolds from there, and what results is a collective vision as eloquent as it is diverse.

The New American Landscape offers designers a roadmap to a beautiful garden that improves, not degrades the environment. It's a provocative manifesto about the important role gardens play in creating a more sustainable future that no professional garden designer can afford to miss.

- John Greenlee and Neil Diboll on the new American meadow garden.
- Rick Darke on balancing natives and exotics in the garden.
- Doug Tallamy on landscapes that welcome wildlife.
- Eric Toensmeier on the sustainable edible garden.
- David Wolfe on gardening sustainable with a changing climate.
- Elaine Ingham on managing soil health.
- David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth on sustainable pest solutions.
- Ed Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre on green roofs in the sustainable residential landscape.
- Thomas Christopher on waterwise gardens.
- Toby Hemenway on whole system garden design.
- The Sustainable Site Initiative on the managing the home landscape as a sustainable site.


 

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Bringing together some of the top writers in sustainable gardening and landscaping, this is a comprehensive introduction to current thought in this field. Much of the book covers the theoretical ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 1 Sustainable Solutions
23
CHAPTER 2 Managing the Home Landscape as a Sustainable Site
33
CHAPTER 3 The New American Meadow Garden
53
CHAPTER 4 Balancing Natives and Exotics in the Garden
81
CHAPTER 5 The Sustainable Edible Garden
103
CHAPTER 6 Gardening Sustainably with a Changing Climate
125
CHAPTER 7 Waterwise Gardens
141
CHAPTER 8 Green Roofs in the Sustainable Residential Landscape
159
Landscapes That Welcome Wildlife
175
CHAPTER 10 Managing Soil Health
193
Whole System Garden Design
215
About the Authors
233
References Resources and Recommended Reading
237
Index
245
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About the author (2011)

Thomas Christopher, a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, has created gardens for clients for forty years. He is the author of many books, including Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden.

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