“The book itself has great value, particularly because so little is written for gardeners about plant communities, and because we are not routinely taught how important these are for informing us about the creation of healthy and somewhat self-sustaining landscapes. . . .In short, for anyone intent on planning a landscape that will be coherent in its feel and have the benefit of naturally occurring plant associations, this is a useful book to have.”
—Grow Native Massachusetts
The plant community settings featured include the open field, hillside, wood and grove, streamside, ravine, pond, bog, and seaside. Plant lists and accompanying texts provide valuable information for the design and management of a wide range of project types: residential properties, school grounds, corporate office sites, roadways, and parks.
In his introduction, Darrel G. Morrison locates American Plants for American Gardens among a handful of influential early books advocating the protection and use of native plants--a major area of interest today among serious gardeners, landscape architects, nursery managers, and students of ecology, botany, and landscape design. Included is an appendix of plant name changes that have occurred since the book's original publication in 1929.
Ahead of their time in many ways, Edith A. Roberts and Elsa Rehmann can now speak to new generations of ecologically conscious Americans.
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