Larry Weaner is an icon in the world of ecological landscape design-he has designed more than 200 meadows in his thirty years in the business and is the founder of the annual conference New Directions in the American Landscape. And now his revolutionary approach is available to all gardeners. The Evolving Landscape shows how an ecological approach to planting can lead to beautiful gardens that buck much of conventional gardening's E counter-productive, time-consuming practices. Instead of picking the wrong plant and then constantly tilling, weeding, irrigating, and fertilizing, Weaner advocates for choosing plants that are adapted to the soil and climate of a specific site and letting them naturally evolve over time. Allowing the plants to find their own niches, to spread their seed around until they find the microclimate and spot that suits them best, creates a landscape that is vibrant, dynamic, and gorgeous year after year. The lushly-photographed reference, the crowning achievement of a long and successful career, is an important moment in horticulture that will be embraced by anyone looking for a better, smarter way to garden.
A fresh approach to horticulture and landscape design using ecological principles and native plants to create gardens that evolve dynamically over time.
This beautiful book shows us that guiding natural processes rather than fighting them is the key to creating healthier landscapes and happier gardeners. An essential addition to our knowledge of sustainable landscapes. Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home" An essential reference for conservation-minded home gardeners and stewards of larger landscapes. Rick Darke, author of "The Living Landscape" and "The American Woodland Garden" There s inspiration here, from the honesty with which the authors address climate change to the experiential wisdom they bring to every aspect of the complex process of creating a landscape. "Booklist" What is marvellous about reading this book is the powerful sense of those lifetimes of knowledge and skill being shared, and so concisely there is hardly a spare sentence here. . . .Illustrations are plentiful, clear and enticing. . . .I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who wants to work with wild or ecological planting styles; we can all learn a lot from it. "Gardens Illustrated" There s a way to design and plant that s beneficial to the environment, that looks beautiful, and that saves you the homeowner from a lot of toil and trouble. . . . the principles he outlines can be adapted for almost any garden, so it s a book that you ll want on your bookshelf. . . .This is a book that s long, long overdue. "Garden Design Online" This book is more about the hands-on, how-to specifics of getting the job done, such as attracting pollinators, figuring out what plants to use where (with a bent on natives) and how to keep the weed aspect of Mother Nature under control. "Patriot-News" More than a discussion. . . . it is a handbook for studying how plants and wildlife associate in a natural state and basing our gardening on that. . . . The revolutionary path of Weaner s work is something we should all consider when designing our garden. "The Designer""