Studying crops and design from a great e book

Right here in New England winter is lengthy, particularly for gardeners. We need to be outdoors within the backyard however most days we are able to’t actually do a lot. I compensate by studying about gardening from books. I just lately completed a great one, “Hummelo: A Journey By a Plantsman’s Life,” by Piet (which is pronounced Pete) Oudolf and Noël Kingsbury.

The cover of "Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman's Life," by Piet Oudolf and Noël Kingsbury.

With greater than 400 pages, it may appear daunting, however I’d estimate that just about half of these pages are coloration photographs of the gardens Oudlof designed, with loads from his dwelling in Hummelo, Netherlands. It’s written by Kingsbury, a well known British backyard author, and by Oudolf himself.  

Oudolf was the first designer of the Excessive Line gardens in New York Metropolis, a backyard planted on a piece of an deserted elevated railway line in midtown Manhattan. This 1.45-mile planting is constantly rated within the prime 10 most visited locations in New York Metropolis.

The famed High Line gardens in New York City, designed by Piet Oudolf.

The e book follows Oudolf’s life as a backyard designer and plantsman. Along with the Excessive Line, he designed gardens in Chicago and Detroit and plenty of in Europe. The e book follows his skilled life and illustrates the modifications. Many crops within the photographs should not labeled, however extra superior gardeners will acknowledge them, and plenty of are talked about within the textual content. Though some frequent names are used, most are recognized by the scientific names with the genus, species and cultivar, which I discover useful when finding out the crops and discovering out in the event that they are hardy in my zone.

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