Monday Mix: Gardening & Outdoor Spaces
--by Hanje Richards
I know that it was only a couple of weeks ago we were all shivering in below normal temperatures, even for winter in Bisbee. It was only a couple of weeks ago that every plumber in town was busy and running out of supplies for all those broken pipes. But, hope springs eternal, and I’ll bet a lot of you have already forgotten all of that and are starting to think about gardens. So, to help your imagination and your springtime ambitions, here is a list of some of the wonderful gardening books we have at the Copper Queen Library.
Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide (Mary and Gary Irish). Writing for gardeners who need specific information on these wonderful plants, Mary and Gary Irish provide detailed guidance on care, cultivation, and gardening uses. In addition, amateur naturalists will be pleased to note that the botanical history of the plants is given a succinct overview; complete keys are provided to help identify agaves and yuccas relying on foliage and growth form. Sixty-five species of agaves and twenty-five species of yuccas are profiled, together with information on natural habitat and garden care. Selected plants from nine other genera also are described. More than 100 color photographs and 18 drawings complement the text.
All About Sprinklers and Drip Systems. Expert advice on how to grow a lush, green lawn through proper watering with less fuss, less water, and less money. The easy-to-follow, practical format helps you plan your watering systems, buy the right equipment, and install them with 100% confidence. More than 100 full-color photos and illustrations combined with step-by-step instructions show how easy it is to install sprinkler and drip systems.
Arizona Gardener’s Guide (Mary Irish). Gardening is now the favorite outdoor leisure activity in America. Homeowners realize the health benefits available from gardening and the potential increase in their home's property value. Regional gardening titles offer the most useful advice because they provide credible information on the plants that perform best in specific states. Gardeners want information they can trust and use successfully in their own gardens, so the full-color plant selection resource guide is written especially for Arizona gardeners. It includes the top 175 landscape plants as recommended by one of Arizona's most respected horticultural experts..
Creative Vegetable Gardening (Joy Larkcom). Working from the belief that a vegetable garden, whatever its size, can be as beautiful as a conventional garden of flowers and shrubs, this colorful guide shows how to apply the principles of good design to a kitchen plot. Find out how to use the vibrant texture, colors, and forms of vegetables, herbs, and fruit to create glorious effects and intriguing patterns without jeopardizing their productivity. A range of gardening techniques is described and illustrated with full-color step-by-step images, and an A-Z directory includes more than 150 edible plants to work with. From creating a full-scale potager (there are 5 different kinds to choose from) to simply adding some new effects with vegetables, there’s inspiration here for beginners and experienced gardeners alike..
Desert Gardening: The Complete Guide (George Brookbank). Wherever you live in the desert up to 3,500-feet elevation, this guide is for you. Enjoy plentiful fruits and vegetables from your desert garden. Desert gardening expert George Brookbank will help you with your desert garden. A tremendous reference tool you'll use all year 'round!.
Desert Gardens (Gary Lyons). Whether explosive displays of columnar cacti and brilliant wildflowers cascading down sun-bathed hillsides, meditative, botanical expressions of an organic, spine-laden geometry set within the quiet, earthen walls of a Spanish colonial mission, or twilit, verdant groves evoking a prelapsarian topography, this book captures the numinous light and beauty of 18 unique and rarely photographed private and public desert gardens between San Francisco and San Diego. Featuring the most important desert garden in the world at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, as well as the Moorten Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs, Balboa Park in San Diego, and many exquisite private gardens, the volume celebrates the sculpturesque charms of cacti, aloes, and other succulent flora that have adapted to the extreme conditions of the desert..
Hacienda Courtyards (Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr). Explore the architectural elements, private water havens, furniture and garden vessels that will inspire you to create a courtyard paradise in your own home. Discover the rich colors, natural textures and design details that define the alluring, Mexican courtyard that is the heart of every hacienda home. Hacienda Courtyards takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of gracious outdoor living areas, from the Yucatán's colonial estates to the centuries-old homes and haciendas of Morelia, Alamos and Oaxaca. Cobbled courtyards boast sculptural stone spheres and breezy, hammock-strung portales reveal old stone pavers, handmade clay bricks and wooden beams.
The Hot Garden: Landscape Design for the Desert Southwest (Scott Calhoun). How to translate the natural beauty of the region — mountains, canyons, sculptural succulents, and incandescent sky — into gorgeous yet water-thrifty landscape designs that complement existing architecture as well as the environment that surrounds it. Gardeners at all levels will find insight, inspiration, tips, and tricks to help them create and foster beauty in the desert..
In A Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms (Gina Hyams). From private homes to luxurious resorts, Hyams celebrates Mexico's hidden oases where lovers meet for margaritas at sunset and families gather for spirited fiestas. The dazzling array of featured properties includes rustic coastal hideaways, elegant Spanish Colonial mansions, rural haciendas, and Modernist architectural masterpieces. Melba Levick's stunning photographs capture page after vibrant page of bold Mexican design elements: swirling mosaic floors, elaborate frescoes, hand-carved stone fountains, and lush native plants..
Native Plants for High Elevation Western Gardens (Janice Busco and Nancy Morin). This self-explanatory title was written by two experts in the field. Janice Busco has 20 years experience with Western native plants as an environmental horticulturist, consultant, and educator. She has served as co-director of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants in Sun Valley, California, and as horticulturist at The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Nancy R. Morin worked for 15 years at the Missouri Botanical Garden, eventually becoming the assistant director, and another 3 years as executive director of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta before coming to Flagstaff to serve as director of The Arboretum at Flagstaff.
Perennials for the Southwest: Plants That Flourish in Arid Gardens (Mary Irish). Definitive guide for gardeners who want to create lush, colorful gardens while keeping artificial irrigation to a minimum. This book will help Southwest gardeners meet the challenge of growing perennials successfully by providing inspired, practical information on how to design dry-climate gardens and an A–Z guide to 156 proven plants. Each entry includes the plant’s scientific and common names, distribution, cultural needs, drought tolerance, and ornamental characteristics. Written in a clear, reader-friendly style and profusely illustrated with sparkling color photographs, this invaluable volume makes Irish’s expertise available to every gardener..
Southwest Kitchen Garden (Kim Nelson). What is a kitchen garden? It's vegetables and fruits, herbs and flowers, paths, structures, and décor. It's the farmland of the backyard. The kitchen garden links us to our heritage and our environment, to the past and the future. Kim Nelson's Southwest Kitchen Garden takes readers from garden to table with a delicious blend of engaging prose and practical information, including:
..• Design and layout of the garden
..• Choosing herbs, flowers, and vegetables
..• Planting schedules
..• Harvesting and preparation, including recipes
Sunbelt Gardening: Success in Hot Weather Climates (Tom Peace). Peace addresses the distinction between drought-tolerant and moisture-loving plants and explains which ones will work best in your garden, based on the specific region of the country in which you live. Most importantly, novice and expert gardener alike will learn how to succeed in cultivating exquisite, varied beauty throughout the hot summer months.
Yard Full of Sun: The Story of a Gardener’s Obsession That Got A Little Out of Hand (Scott Calhoun). Memoir and how-to work side by side to excellent effect in this chronicle of a family's horticultural odyssey. Calhoun — an accomplished gardener, manager of a Tucson nursery and fourth-generation Arizonan — was determined to create a garden using native plants, a space that would serve as a "response to a powerful sun moving across a big sky." Beautiful, bright photos complement the author's loving descriptions of the plants' attributes and origins. He shares the methods he and his wife used to brainstorm their garden's layout, feel and contents, and offers detailed supply lists as well.
Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools and Techniques (David Wann). This book is a friendly and invaluable guide to such topics as strategic gardening (how to coax fruits and vegetables from a sun-parched garden), pest-proof planting (how to protect those disappearing bulbs), choosing the right varieties of edibles for the region (apples, snow peas, tomatoes, etc.), how to become a seed-starting maniac, a Farmer's Almanac approach to gardening (plant peas when the first cottonwood leaves appear!), as well as profiles of colorful local gardens and gardeners. For gardeners of the high plains and mountains who are "meteorologically and topographically challenged," who routinely grapple with wild weather swings, high elevations, and scarcity of water, Wann offers inspiration and invaluable practical advice for success in the garden. Wann also shows how gardening can offer "a Zen exercise in mindfulness, discipline, and the joy of being right in the moment."