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Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do. -Helen Keller
An American Cutting Garden: A Primer for Growing Cut Flowers Where Summers are Hot and Winters are Cold by
Call Number: 635.9660974 M459a / ACES
Publication Date: 2002-02-12
In An American Cutting Garden Suzanne McIntire describes how to plan a cutting garden, choose suitable plants, keep the garden in good order, and harvest a bountiful crop--all with charm and humor. Using both common and botanical names, she discusses in depth a wide variety of herbaceous perennials, biennials, annuals, and bulbs. McIntire includes information on topics such as the length of stems one might expect from the cutting garden, how many plants are needed of any one kind, when and how to sow seed outdoors, the heat-hardiness of plants, and strategies for coping with the effects of hot summers and cold winters. Suzanne McIntire is a freelance writer and seasoned veteran of gardening in northern Virginia. She is the editor of The American Heritage Book of Great American Speeches for Young People.
American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America by
Call Number: 635.09753 Ob1a / ACES
Publication Date: 2012-05-29
In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House's South Lawn. As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children. Now, in her first-ever book, American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest. Hear about her worries as a novice gardener - would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil. Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden's growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life. Try the unique recipes created by White House chefs and made with ingredients just picked from the White House garden. And learn from the White House Garden team about how you can help plant your own backyard, school or community garden. Mrs. Obama's journey continues across the nation as she shares the stories of other gardens that have moved and inspired her: Houston office workers who make the sidewalk bloom; a New York City School that created a scented garden for the visually impaired; a North Carolina garden that devotes its entire harvest to those in need; and other stories of communities that are transforming the lives and health of their citizens. In American Grown, Mrs. Obama tells the story of the White House Kitchen Garden, celebrates the bounty of gardens across our nation, and reminds us all of what we can grow together.
Daffodils in American Gardens, 1733-1940 by
Call Number: 584.34 V271d / ACES
Publication Date: 2015-02-27
Since their earliest identification in the mid-1500s, more than twenty-eight thousand hybrid daffodils have been named and registered with the Royal Horticulture Society of England. Daffodils began as wildflowers in the Mediterranean basin, then spread and flourished in Europe's alpine and coastal environments. Sara L. Van Beck, an attentive historian and skilled horticulturist, traces the history of the garden daffodil including its early days in Europe, especially the Netherlands; the importation of flowering bulbs to colonial America; and plant breeding and the dissemination of plants throughout the United States until World War II. Illustrated with nearly two hundred color and black-and-white images, Daffodils in American Gardens examines gardening by era--European beginnings; colonial, federal, antebellum, and Victorian periods; and World War II--with a comprehensive chapter for daffodils in cemetery plantings. Van Beck combines the disparate disciplines of archaeology and plant science to discover and re-create important gardens in the United States. Combining primary research from a variety of rare publications, especially nursery catalogs and seed lists, she integrates old and new scientific botany by correlating older, uncertain scientific terms, common names for the daffodil, and modern taxonomies. Historic and modern botanical illustrations embellish the volume and complement Van Beck's narrative. Case studies of surviving historic gardens from the early Republic era to the twentieth century examine how old daffodils have survived the vagaries of time. Van Beck surveys historic properties in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. This multifaceted history, examining high style, vernacular, and commercial landscape architecture, is geared toward general gardeners interested in heirloom plants and historic gardens. Moreover, extensive endnotes and a comprehensive bibliography document extensive references for professionals working in historic landscapes preservation and garden restoration.
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Peonies by
Call Number: 635.93362 P141g 2002 / ACES
Publication Date: 2002-04-15
A complete practical guide to growing and collecting these magnificent flowering plants and using them to best effect in the garden. Illustrated with over 75 color photographs for aid in identification and to show the range of peonies available.
Gardening in the Humid South by
Call Number: 635.0975 Or66g / ACES
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
Gardening in the Humid South is a practical and entertaining guide to gardening in the southern region. This book offers friendly advice on an array of gardening topics, including choosing and preparing cultivation sites, raising fruit, growing in containers, using fertilizer, preparing for cold weather, and year-round vegetable gardening. In addition, the book considers all types of gardeners, from those with large yards and a great deal of time to apartment dwellers who garden in window boxes.
Gardens by the Sea: Creating a Tropical Paradise by
Call Number: 635.909146 G167 / ACES
Publication Date: 1999-12-31
As colorful and luscious as the flowers it describes, this beautifully illustrated book offers everyone interested in tropical gardens a guide to the multitude of plants, trees, and exotic species that thrive in subtropical seaside conditions. Based on the hands-on experience of members of the Garden Club of Palm Beach, it includes chapters on palms, aroids, shrubs, dooryard fruit, flowering trees, herbs, orchids, roses, mangroves, and an essay on the history of the island of Palm Beach and its gardens and gardeners. Separate chapters deal with environmental issues and present new techniques to reduce water requirements. Special inserts on botany and cultivation, with simple sketches and explanations of practical terms, will enable uninitiated readers to become "horticulturally literate" at a glance. The dramatic photographs were taken in many of the club members' own gardens as well as in protected areas that the club helps to preserve. From flowering ground cover and cascading climbing vines to the handsome native palms that arch gracefully overhead, the pictures convey the colors, shapes, patterns, and textures of an astonishing array of spectacular blossoms and foliage. Both a complete reference work for beginning and serious gardeners and an exquisite coffee table book for browsing, Gardens by the Sea opens the garden gate to the magnificent world of tropical plants. This book was written by members of the Garden Club of Palm Beach, devoted and experienced amateurs who, working with professional horticulturists, maintain their own gardens and public landscapes in Palm Beach. The club has been an influential and creative force in the community since its founding in 1928, even hiring the landscape architects who created the town plan that governed the layout of parkways and public spaces. Over the years, it has planted the palms along the town's celebrated Royal Palm Way; established the first demonstration garden in southern Florida; and provided grants to beautification, environmental, and wildlife projects.
Hibiscus: Hardy and Tropical Plants for the Garden by
Call Number: 635.933685 L448h / ACES
Publication Date: 2004-09-15
Hibiscuses have entered an era of increasing popularity as garden designers and home gardeners rediscover the fine attributes of these wonderful plants. Here is the only book that covers the species and cultivars of the genus Hibiscus completely and in detail. Barbara Perry Lawton surveys both kinds of hibiscus: the tropical, subtropical, and warm-temperate plants whose pure, clean colors are such grand assets to modern gardens and homes, as well as the hardy perennials and shrubs that thrive in spite of snow, ice, drought, flood, or poor soil, bearing bright flowers year after year. These classic flowers have a long and fascinating history. The book chronicles the history and traditions of their use in addition to those of Hibiscus relatives such as hollyhocks, okra, and cotton. With more than 200 species, there is great diversity in the genus Hibiscus. Barbara Perry Lawton introduces all gardeners, expert and novice alike, to the possibilities offered by these plants. A photographic gallery of hibiscuses illustrates the richness of the many species and cultivars from which the gardener may choose.
Lavender: The Genus Lavandula by
Call Number: 633.88 L386 ACES
Publication Date: 2002-08-01
Lavandula species are mainly grown for their essential oils, which are used in perfumery, cosmetics, food processing and aromatherapy products, and for their use as ornamental plants and ingredients in numerous cottage industry products. Certain types of lavender oil have also been shown to have antimicrobial and antifungal properties. The dried flowers have been used for centuries in pillows and sachets to promote sleep and relaxation, and oil of spike lavender is used as an insect repellent. Lavender: The Genus Lavandula is a comprehensive volume covering all aspects of our current knowledge of lavender, including: taxonomy, and history of usage and nomenclature, lavender cultivation for essential oil production and retail purposes in different countries, phytochemistry of the genus, chemistry of Lavandula oils, theory and practice of distillation and standardization of lavender essential oils, pharmacology and therapeutic properties of lavender oil and Lavandula extracts, use of lavender oil in aromatherapy, perfumery, cosmetics, food processing and medicine, new research into Lavandula species and their oils. With contributions from lavender researchers worldwide, this book will be of interest both to graduate students and scientists in academia and industry who are involved with lavender, to professionals in the lavender growing and retail industry, the perfumery, food and cosmetics industries, and to those interested in lavender for alternative and conventional medical use.
Lavender: The Grower's Guide by
Call Number: 635.93396 M459l ACE
Publication Date: 2000-05-01
With their heady perfume and stunning visual appeal, lavenders have been prized by gardeners since ancient times. Lavender is a truly comprehensive study that enables the reader to research and identify more than 200 lavender species and varieties. With chapters on cultivation, propagation, pests and diseases, and botanical history, this book is as practical as it is authoritative. More than 200 photos document recent advances in color variation that have resulted from intense breeding; plants now available range from deep purple and lilac to white, cream, pink, and red-violet. With so many hardy and dependable plants to choose from, no lavender enthusiast will want to be without this indispensable book.
My Summer in a Garden by
Call Number: 635 W242m / ACES
Publication Date: 2002-02-19
Oft quoted but seldom credited,Charles Dudley Warner's My Summer in a Garden is a classic of American garden writing and was a seminal early work in the then fledgling genre of American nature writing. Warner—prominent in his day as a writer and newspaper editor was a dedicated amateur gardener who shared with Mark Twain, his close friend and neighbor, a sense of humor that remains deliciously fresh today. In monthly dispatches, Warner chronicles his travails in the garden, where he and his cat, Calvin, seek to ward off a stream of interlopers, from the neighbors huge-hoofed cows and thieving children, to the reviled, though propagatious, pusley weed. To read Warner is to join him on his rounds of his beloved vegetable patch, to feel the sun on his sore back, the hoe in his blistered hands, and yet, like him, never to lose sight of the philosophical implications of contact with the earth, and companionship with gently growing things. This Modern Library edition is published with an extensive new Introduction by Allan Gurganus, author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and The Practical Heart.
Call Number: 635.93362 F31p / ACES
Publication Date: 1999-11-01
The ultimate study of the peony: a celebration of its place in art and in history as well as a practical guide to its cultivation.
The Summer Garden by
Call Number: 712.6 B496SU / ACES
Publication Date: 1997-03-01
Summer can be a glorious time when a garden glows with continuous color, and this practical guide will show you the way. Planning and follow-through are clearly spelled out in simple instructions that cover every step to success. Ten varied garden styles are showcased in over 130 beautiful full-color photos and watercolor illustrations that demonstrate the ways to use different groups of plants. Detailed plant lists and timetables help create variety with trees to give height, shrubs to give structure, foliage to give breadth, and flowers to create flashes of color. And the flowers! See how to highlight roses, the stars of the summer garden, as well as perennials, ornamental grasses, borders, herbs, and plants in containers, plus decorative features such as arches and pergolas. Get tips on adapting the plans to your climate, and turning problem-area eyesores into eye-catchers. It's just the kind of planning guide needed to bring sweet dreams on cold winter nights.
Summer Nights by
Call Number: 779 AD19S / ACES
Publication Date: 2005-06-15
Summer Nights is a sequence of nightscapes photographed along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Adams's attention to the subtleties of extreme light and dark emphasizes his appeal to look again at places often overlooked. What attracted me to the subjects at a new hour, he observes, was the discovery of a neglected peace.
Sunflower: Chemistry, Production, Processing, and Utilization by
Call Number: 635.93399 Su727 / ACES
Publication Date: 2015-04-15
This comprehensive reference delivers key information on all aspects of sunflower. With over 20 chapters, this book provides an extensive review of the latest developments in sunflower genetics, breeding, processing, quality, and utilization; including food, energy and industrial bioproduct applications. World-renowned experts in this field review U.S. and international practices, production, and processing aspects of sunflower. Presents seven chapters on improving sunflower production with insights on breeding and genetics; physiology and agronomy; common insect and bird pests; mutagenesis; and identifying and preventing diseases. Summarizes current knowledge of sunflower oil uses in food, oxididative stability, minor constituents, and lipids biosynthesis. Ideal reference for scientists, researchers, and students from across industry, academia, and government.
Sunflowers: Cultivation, Nutrition, and Biodiesel Uses by
Call Number: 635.93399 Su72 / ACES
Publication Date: 2010-12-01
This book examines the cultivation, food and nutrition uses and biodiesel application of sunflowers and sunflower oil. This book presents current research data from across the globe in the study of sunflowers, including the bioenergy utilization of sunflower oil; sunflower responses to drought stress during early development; the applications of sunflower oil in food manufacturing; insect pest management of sunflowers; and the potential contribution of sunflower cultivation to social development, job creation, biofuel production and climate change adaptation in developing countries.
Sunflowers: The Secret History by
Call Number: 583.99 P198s / ACES
Publication Date: 2008-03-13
"Promiscuously social and perennially popular, the sunflower has colored the narrative of human history for the past thousand years. Joe Pappalardo's unexpected and highly entertaining social history of this scandalous flower stretches from the Stone Age to the Space Age, from its beatific healing role in Hopi tribal rituals to its covert involvement in the Cold War. In a narrative that spans science and history, Sunflowers details how the plant made its epic journey from the caves of prehistoric tribes to the gardens of kings and presidents. Along the way, the book braves such topics as plagiarism, religious persecution, and flatulence. Pappalardo explains how this deceptively innocent-looking flower was used by NASA to unravel a mystery discovered by Charles Darwin, and how the sunflower nearly prevented the Irish potato famine. This coy tell-all is a delight for flower lovers, science aficionados, and trivia buffs alike."
The Ultimate Sunflower Book by
Call Number: 635.93399 P344u / ACES
Publication Date: 1997-10-29
From Van Gogh's vibrant masterpiece to its ubiquitous presence in American crafts, from sunflower oil to sunflower seeds to The Sunflower State (Kansas), the friendly sunflower is firmly planted as an intrinsic part of our culture and our daily lives. With its sunny disposition, bright colors, and surprising versatility, it is without a doubt one of the most popular flowers around. A comprehensive guide to this remarkable flower, The Ultimate Sunflower Book features descriptions of the different species, diagrams of planting schemes, tips on growing giant sunflowers, and step-by-step instructions for creating beautiful arrangements. It also teaches readers how to dry and prepare the flowers for use in cooking and crafts and includes numerous recipes and a host of fun projects. With its gorgeous photographs, eye-catching design, and hardy jacketed paper-over-board format, The Ultimate Sunflower Book is one reference that gardeners, craft enthusiasts, flower arrangers, cooks, and all fans of the sunflower will enjoy leafing through again and again.