An Introduction to Natural Garden Design
by Benjamin Vogt
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Pub Date 24 Jan 2023 | Archive Date Not set
University of Illinois Press, 3 Fields Books
Connecting to nature with native plants
Landscaping with native plants has encouraged gardeners from the Midwest and beyond to embark on a profound scientific, ecological, and emotional partnership with nature. Benjamin Vogt shares his expertise with prairie plants in a richly photographed guide aimed at gardeners and homeowners, making big ideas about design approachable and actionable. Step-by-step blueprints point readers to plant communities that not only support wildlife and please the eye but that rethink traditional planting and maintenance. Additionally, Vogt provides insider information on plant sourcing, garden tools, and working with city ordinances. This book will be an invaluable reference in sustainable garden design for those wanting both beautiful and functional landscapes.
Easy to use and illustrated with over 150 color photos, Prairie Up is a practical guide to artfully reviving diversity and wildness in our communities.
Benjamin Vogt is the owner of Monarch Gardens, a prairie-inspired design firm based in the Midwest, and author of the disruptive, call-to-action A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future. Benjamin’s award-winning writing and photography have appeared in some one hundred publications including The American Gardener, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Houzz, Midwest Living, Orion, and a variety of literary and gardening books. As a sought-after speaker, he presents widely on artful and ecologically meaningful design for both wildlife and people, helping us to rethink pretty in a time of climate disruption. A native of Oklahoma and raised in Minnesota, Benjamin has an MFA from The Ohio State University and a PhD from the University of Nebraska. He lives in Lincoln on a re-prairied suburban lot with his wife and son.
"Gardeners serious about ditching tidy landscaping have a great starting point here." --Publishers Weekly
"Vogt's book is a cookbook for prairie restoration featuring unparalleled lists of which plants to use, in what combinations, and under what conditions. This how-to knowledge draws from Vogt’s own experience designing and maintaining suburban gardens. This type of experience is priceless!"--Douglas Tallamy, author of Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard
"In the heart of the Great Plains lives a Renaissance Man named Ben Vogt. His goal is no less than the replacement of the sterile, chemical-laden lawns to which we’ve all grown numb. It’s about time. Prairie Up tells us exactly how to convert our tired outdoor spaces to be pollinator friendly, full of glorious color, and good for the soul. With a lifetime of experience to back him up, Ben reveals his path through an enduring prairie landscape. With sideoats grama and purple coneflower, big bluestem and zigzag goldenrod, we see just how beautiful our lives can be, if only we try. The question is, will we act quickly enough to save the monarchs, the native bees, and ourselves in the process?"—Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photographer, author of Photo Ark: A World Worth Saving
Average rating from 3 members
This is a fantastic resource if you want to start a prairie garden or even if you don’t know you want to yet. It’s packed with information, inspiration, gorgeous photos, plant lists and more. Vogt does an excellent job selling prairies and he gives you all the information you need to make it real and successful. Highly recommended for garden lovers and anyone who cares about nature and the environment.
I read a temporary digital arc of this book for review.
The pictures in this book are amazing and elevate it above other books. The information is solid as well. I enjoyed the information on the soil and how prairie soil can restore and heal itself. I wish their was more information on that. I also would have been interested in traditional gardening (ie vegetable) and how to incorporate that into the natural view this book taught. All in all, a beautiful, interesting read.
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