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  Library Journal Review

Damrosch's The Garden Primer has been an essential horticultural read for 20 years, ever since its publication. This completely updated, "100% organic" second edition is sure to be a treasured resource for anyone who has (or wants to cultivate) a green thumb. Because it's so easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of available gardening information, this primer is akin to having a trusted mentor by your side, guiding you step by step along your gardening journey. It starts with the most general gardening information tucked neatly within the first 130 pages, covering everything from planning your landscape; buying plants and learning what they need (and how to make sure they get it); arming yourself with appropriate gardening gear and tools; and fighting weeds and pests organically. The rest of the book digs into specific plants and how to care for--and in some cases, harvest--them. Damrosch's conversational tone puts even novice gardeners at ease; it seems as if she anticipates questions, offering sage answers and advice. Her guide isn't limited to flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables; it also includes grasses, ground covers, vines, shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and houseplants. This new edition is recommended for both novice and experienced gardeners. Public, academic, and special libraries with a strong horticultural interest should acquire it. (Images not seen in color; index not seen.)--Eboni A. Francis, Ohio State Univ. Libs., Columbus (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

``Keep gardening simple'' is the reassuring maxim invoked by Damrosch ( Theme Gardens ) time and again in this outstanding compendium of garden lore, information and advice for novices and old-timers. The author, an ``old-fashioned dirt gardener,'' advocates common sense, respect for the delicate balance of nature and a hands-on approach. Her book brims with sound advice for garden planning, planting and maintenance, and her relaxed attitude about equipment (``buy a few good implements and treat them well'') and disease and pest control (``when in doubt, don't spray'') is refreshing. Ornamental plants, from vines (``willful children'') to herbs (``anarchists of the garden''), are evaluated thoughtfully, and gardeners will profit from Damrosch's manageable lists of annuals, perennials, ground covers, shrubs and trees. They will be entertained, as well, by the author's engaging, witty voice. Vegetables and fruits are discussed in mini-chapters; illustrations and an appendix of mail-order sources, etc., round out the book. BOMC and QPBC main selections; Better Homes & Gardens Book Club selection ; a uthor tour. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
The most comprehensive, entertaining, down-to-earth one-volume gardening reference ever, and highly praised:<br> <br> "Barbara Damrosch delivers the goods."-- Chicago Tribune <br> "Best of the crop."-- House Beautiful <br> "Barbara Damrosch's writing has the snap of a good snowpea and the spice of an old rose."-- The Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer <br> "Covers just about everything you could think of and then some." -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution <br> "An extraordinarily comprehensive guide." -- The San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle <br> "Takes your soaring visions of garden splendor and plants them firmly in the ground."-- The Toronto Star <br> <br> Now the beloved classic is revised front-to-back. The new edition has gone 100% organic, which in Barbara Damrosch's hands also means completely accessible. It reflects the latest research on plants, soils, tools, and techniques. There is updated and expanded information on planning a garden, recommended plants, and best tools. Ecological issues are addressed much more extensively, covering lawn alternatives, the benefits of native species, wildlife-friendly gardens, and how to avoid harmful invasive species. More attention is paid to plants appropriate to the South, Southwest, and West Coast, while cold-climate gardeners are given detailed advice on how to extend the growing season. Simply put, the book is a richer and fuller compendium than ever before, with more text, more illustrations and garden plans, expanded plant lists, and gardener's resources. But Barbara Damrosch's core of practical, creative ideas and friendly style remain--she is still an "old-fashioned dirt gardener" at heart.
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