Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Book Review - Heirloom Gardening in the South...

There are numerous garden blogs out there and I frequently look in on some of the more popular ones to see what topics are being discussed.  One thing I've noticed is that many of the more "sophisticated" blogs often include book reviews. A brief overview of new releases and/or favorite gardening books that folks may find of interest. Not to be out-done by these garden bloggers I've decided to include a book review now and again - especially when there is a relatively new title on the market.

Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday's Plants for Today's Gardens by Dr. William C. Welch and Greg Grant is the latest book by these 2 prolific garden writers. Bill and Greg are among the most well-recognized gardening authorities in Texas and the South, with special emphasis in the area of herbaceous perennials.


Texas was a late-comer to the use of landscape perennials, but caught up in a hurry, due in large part to Bill's first book entitled Perennial Garden Color (PGC). This book, put in to practice at the Antique Rose Emporium, catalyzed the interest in heirloom roses and other time-tested perennials. Unfortunately, PGC is now out of print but this recently published Heirloom Gardening book is a new and improved resource.

Bill was among one of the original Rose Rustlers and has explored old home and garden sites throughout the US. Greg spends much of his spare time roaming cemeteries in search of plants that survive with little or no maintenance/care. Both have "re" - introduced several old cultivars back in to the nursery trade including some of my favorites like - Katy Road Pink rose (Carefree Beauty) and Henry Duelberg salvia.

Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday's Plants for Today's Gardens presents an excellent combination of plant information and insights in to Bill and Greg's gardening philosophies.  "Anyone who wants to know how to find and grow time-honored and pass-along plants or wants to create and nurture a traditional garden is sure to find this a must-have addition to their home gardening library."

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