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The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening

Articles: The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening

The New American Landscape offers the nuanced perspectives of thirteen sustainable landscape experts on a range of topics that include native plants and wildlife gardening, creating meadow gardens, managing pest problems, green roofs, and gardening with edibles. The authors aim to provide a deep understanding of the philosophies and debates within each topic, and the result is not only compelling but surprisingly useful.

As a landscape designer and home gardener, I often think about how best to balance the use of native plants, edibles, and the exotic plants that make up most gardens. I've struggled with how to infuse my landscapes with a sense of regional character, while leaving room for human artfulness and interaction in the form of flowers for cutting, edibles for the table, and plants that my clients and I just plain enjoy.

Rick Darke's chapter on balancing natives and exotics in the garden is pragmatic, sympathetic, and instructive. He's long had a passion for the wild areas in his region and a desire for his landscape to reflect some of that beauty, as well as to support the specialist insects that have evolved to only breed or feed upon native plants. Yet his horticu...

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