Manitoba Horticultural Association Review - Creating the Prairie Xeriscape

Manitoba Horticultural Association
Reviewed by: Hugh Skinner

This eagerly awaited revision to Creating the Prairie Xeriscape by well known Saskatchewan horticulturist, Sara Williams will be a valuable resource to all who wish to garden in a way that is friendly to the environment. Since Creating the Prairie Xeriscape was originally published in 1997, many of the techniques of Xeriscape gardening have been accepted as ways to increase success and satisfaction in your garden while using less water and producing less perspiration. From garden design to soil building and mulching to irrigation techniques and plant selection, this volume contains a wealth of information that will be valuable to any gardener. Even those who have the 1997 edition of this award winning book will want to check out the revised edition. It describes plants of 200 genera, 400 species and almost 900 varieties. Reference charts will put a wealth of information at your fingertips. The annuals chapter is much expanded and the design section is significantly enhanced. The book has excellent colour throughout and the production values are high. All gardeners will benefit from the excellent advice that Sara has accumulated in her 30 years of gardening on 5 acres of sandy soil near Saskatoon, her 12 years as Extension Horticulturist at the University of Saskatchewan and her broad experience mentoring gardeners across the prairies.

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