The Seven Essential steps as I see it are:
Become a Pregardener
Know your soil
Set? a Garden Style
Make a Garden Map
How to Select Plants
How to Plant
The book is as friendly as we could get with a ton of pictures?many of them I took in my own garden; others are by some of the best garden photographers in the country (those would be the big dishy ones). ?I had the best time working on this book because it meant going back over much of them material in the other 14 books I?ve written finding the essentials and then adding all the new and wonderful information you will need to make your garden great.
These facts are just a few of thousands you’ll find in Botanica North America, an encyclopedia of the wonderfully diverse North American native plants by noted Canadian garden writer Marjorie Harris. This charming compendium is filled with more than 420 entries that provide essential information on each plant’s physical attributes, natural history, common uses, and ethnobotany.
There are also fascinating, often surprising anecdotes about plants you won’t find anywhere else. From the Eastern forest to the desert, this beautifully written volume roves across the continent exploring how climate and plant life have affected, aided, and inspired us, from the first Native Americans to North Americans living in the twenty-first century: “The lonely majesty of a wind-swept jack pine has inspired generations of poets and painters,” Harris writes. “These trees endure in spite of terrible weather . . . a jack pine forest has a dense, closed canopy with an understory of cherry, blueberry! , hazels, bracken, and sweet fern along with trailing arbutus.”
Comprehensive and engaging, Botanica North America is also filled with lush photographs of plants in their natural habitat and insightful quotes from a variety of gardening experts and amateurs, from naturalist Rachel Carson to famed conservationist John Muir. Alas the publisher has let it go out of print. You’ll find it on Amazon and Indigo and on used book store sites.
Written and photographed specifically with the Canadian gardener in mind, this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guidebook is ideal for both the experienced and beginning gardener. Marjorie Harris’s indispensable gardening advice, design suggestions and selected plant listings will make gardening a joyful and satisfying experience.
With over 200 pages of stunning, full-colour photographs, as well as special sections on Canadian hardiness zones, planting tips, garden types and scores of suggestions and solutions, The Canadian Gardener is your special guide to the garden you’ve always wanted.
“The Definitive Guide for anyone interested in gardening Canada, this new book is filled with splendid color photographs and a wealth of comprehensive, practical information. Harris and Saunders crossed the country talking to Canadian gardeners from coast to coast, getting their ideas, solutions, advice and gardening tips.”
Susan Doran, Good Life
“Written in an entertaining style, this is a book you can read from cover to cover rather than pick up as a reference book.”
Margaret Sharp, The Calgary Herald
Ann Milovsoroff, Pappus.
On the paperback:
“If you didn’t see it at the time, it’s worth a close look this time around. Harris…is one of those reassuring writers who really knows what what they’re talking about but also don’t take them themselves too seriously.”
A handy A to Z on garden tips I’ve researched or have used over theyears in my own garden. There’s just about everything you’ll need to bring you up to speed on what’s going on in the garden.
A Guide to Gardening in Impossible Places
Marjorie Harris thinks it’s time to redefine the garden.
Even one plant can be a garden, just as long as an imagination is involved and anyone, anywhere, with any outdoor space at all, can be a gardener. Pocket gardening is a practical, inspiring guide to making the most of:
I have a few copies of this book which was first published in 1991 and reprinted in 1996. It points the way to organic gardening on any scale. Lots of stuff on composting, good and bad things that go on in the garden.
HarperCollins Publishers, 1995