[UCP Books]: Gardening with Perennials: Lessons from Chicago's Lurie Garden
—Tracy DiSabato-Aust, author of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden
Lessons from Chicago's Lurie Garden
By Noel Kingsbury
|US Publication Date: May 5, 2014||Foreign Publication Date: May 26, 2014|
|ISBN: 978-0-226-43745-3||Paper $22.50|
For gardeners, inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. Perennial enthusiasts around the world might be surprised to find their muse in the middle of a bustling city. Lurie Garden, a nearly three-acre botanic garden in the center of Chicago’s lakefront in Millennium Park, is a veritable living lab of prairie perennials, with a rich array of plant life that both fascinates and educates as it grows, flowers, and dies back throughout the year.
Horticulturalist and garden writer Noel Kingsbury brings a global perspective to the Lurie oasis through this wonderful introduction to the world of perennial gardening. He shows how perennials have much to offer home gardeners, from sustainability—perennials require less water than their annual counterparts—to continuity, as perennials’ longevity makes them a dependable staple.
Kingsbury also explains why Lurie is a perfect case study for gardeners of all locales. The plants represented in this urban oasis were chosen specifically for reliability and longevity. The majority will thrive on a wide range of soils and across a wide climatic range. These plants also can thrive with minimal irrigation, and without fertilizers or chemical control of pests and diseases. Gardening with Perennials will inspire gardeners around the world to try Chicago-style sustainable gardening.
Noel Kingsbury is a best-selling horticulturalist and writer. He is the author of many books, including Designing with Plants and Natural Gardening in Small Spaces, 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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