Planting in A Post-wild World

Planting in A Post-wild World

Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Book - 2015
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An "alternative to traditional horticulture: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, two leading voices in ecological landscape design, reveal how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781604695533
1604695536
Branch Call Number: 712 Rainer
SB472.45 .R35 2015
Characteristics: 271 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: West, Claudia - Author

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Apr 05, 2018

The authors encourage us to see with new eyes a landscape small or large that is both resilient and beautiful, mirroring that which nature provided before mankind re-worked so much of it to fit our limited view of what a garden or landscape should look be. One that can merge our modern built surroundings with plantings that can thrive, supporting vital ecosystem functions essential to life. The concept of plant communities and understanding how the right plants work together to thrive is not one most traditional gardeners would seem familiar with. I have so much to learn. I appreciate the stance taken that designs need not be strictly native per se but rather carefully chosen (for the right qualities) exotics may have a supporting role as well. I love the concepts of layering all the way to the soil to build these plant communities allowing more beneficial plants in a given space. Lots of great photos (who doesn't love that?) Anyway, I'm sure you'll get a better review from professional book sites, but I definitely recommend this book to all gardeners, from dabblers to pros. And especially pros...those who would design our public spaces, parks, boulevards.

Rebecca_Kohn Mar 13, 2018

This is an important book that should be read widely not only by gardeners but also by city planners. Rainer and West set out their principles of designed plant communities and provide a significant discussion about the role of native species in the context of plants that can survive together in a self-sustaining community. As an ardent supporter of native plants, I was intrigued and ultimately convinced by their discussions about when it is acceptable to use non-native species in order to create successful designed plant communities. In particular, their discussions about how commercial available soil and the types of soils that cultivated plants are packaged in made me think about the whole process of gardening and plant placement. While much of the language about gardening and public spaces is about beauty, the argument that Rainer and West set out for appreciate the function over ornament would ultimately bring more successful landscapes to more locations. While the authors make some in-depth arguments, the writing is clear and not burdened by jargon. The book is well illustrated with color photos. I encourage everyone from the beginning gardener to the expert to read this book.

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