Heirloom Gardening in the South

Heirloom Gardening in the South : Yesterday's Plants for Today's Gardens

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New edition of a classic work on Southern heirloom gardening ...Heirloom plants belong in Southern gardens. Tough and adapted, tried and true, pretty and useful, these living antiques--passed through countless generations--represent the foundation of traditional gardens as we know them today. Heirloom Gardening in the Southis a comprehensive resource that also offers a captivating, personal encounter with two dedicated and passionate gardeners whose love of heritage gardening infuses the work from beginning to end. 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. Inside the book: New essays on naturalizing daffodils, slips and starts, and growing fruit; A completely updated and expanded heirloom plant encyclopedia; Revised plant lists (bulbs, cemetery plants, etc.) New material on the creation oftwo of the authors' personal gardens Building on the popularity of the original edition, this lively, entertaining, and informative new book from two proven experts will be enthusiastically welcomed by gardeners and horticulturists throughout Texas and the South.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 226.06 x 259.08 x 38.1mm | 2,041.16g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 483 color photos. Map. Index.
  • 1603442138
  • 9781603442138

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"I may be the first to have read your new book from cover to cover. It reads like a novel that one cannot put down. After all the other books you guys have written, I wondered what else is there left to say. Well, I found out. This book is a masterpiece. I really enjoyed reading a book written in the first person as if it was a personal letter from a close friend not unlike Thomas Jefferson's many letters to those who shared his joy in gardening and farming. The in-depth history of many plants makes us appreciate the horticultural heritage we enjoy. My only disappointment was that it came to an end after only 500 pages. I could have read much more. The book has special appeal to me, being born on a Texas panhandle farm [Hereford area], raised in Oklahoma, educated in Louisiana and living in Georgia for 40 years. My son-in-law from Michigan, now living in Savannah, has cocktail napkins that say, "I wasn't born in the South but I got here as fast as I could." We are blessed to live in a section of America that has such a strong heritage and that includes our gardening. Thanks again for making the effort to produce such an in-depth publication that gardeners will read and enjoy for many years, and for only $30, that is incredible." -- Jerry Spencer "show more

About William C. Welch

William C. Welch is professor and AgriLife Extension landscape horticulturist in the Texas A&M System. He has many years of experience with garden clubs and nursery organizations and is a regular contributor to Southern Living Magazine. On the board of directors of the Southern Garden History Society, he is also an honorary member of the Garden Club of America, which awarded him its distinguished service medal in 2008. Greg Grant is the Stephen F. Austin Gardens outreach research associate at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. A former AgriLife Extension agent and lecturer in horticulture at SFA, Grant has traveled extensively to gardens in the U. S. and Europe and is a popular speaker on garden topics throughout the South. He is a regular contributor to Neil Sperry's Gardens and writes the column, "In Greg's Garden," for Texas Gardener.show more