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Gardening with Perennials: Lessons from Chicago's Lurie Garden Paperback – Apr 14 2014


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (April 14 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226437450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226437453
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #866,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Gardening with Perennials, by the British garden writer Noel Kingsbury, muscles its way in, dispensing 'lessons from Chicago’s Lurie Garden.' It will be indispensable for Midwestern gardeners who deal with searing heat and bone-rattling cold—and not much in between. Yes, an Englishman in Chicago. That’s the twist that makes this book special: It took an out-of-towner to realize that the dazzling, gently rolling five-acre Lurie Garden in Millennium Park merited book-length attention. . . . brimming with ideas for every home garden."
(New York Times)

"Over the years perennial gardening has become a collection of yearly, new-fashioned plants overwhelmed by wood mulch and often replanted every few seasons as the plants decline and die. Plantsman and international garden designer Piet Oudolf created a perennial planting Lurie Garden located in Millennium Park in Chicago that lives engaged in its own well-being and abundant in moment to moment beauty through all four seasons. The planting isn’t theoretical but practice based, creating the possibilities for all future perennial plantings. Noel’s book welcomes you into the health and joy of contemporary perennial gardening."
(Roy Diblik, Northwind Perennial Farm)

“The dynamic duo of two of my favorite plantsmen, Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury, strikes again in this exceptional reference book about Lurie Garden! Beginning home gardeners, master gardeners, and professionals alike can gain insight into the design and care of beautiful yet tough perennials wonderfully suited for busy, environmentally conscious gardeners. Rooftop garden designers will also find it particularly helpful in their quest for successful urban greening.”
(Tracy DiSabato-Aust, author of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, The Well-Designed Mixed Garden, and 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants)

“Kingsbury elegantly explores the concepts informing the Lurie Garden and makes an exceptional case for transforming typical gardens into something far more interesting and sustainable.”
(Chicago Book Review)

About the Author

Noel Kingsbury is a best-selling horticulturalist and writer. He is the author of many books, including Designing with Plants, Natural Gardening in Small Spaces, and Gardening with Perennials: Lessons from Chicago's Lurie Garden, as well as the coeditor of Vista: The Culture and Politics of Gardens. He lives and gardens in western England near the world-famous book town of Hay-on-Wye.


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