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Plant Propagation by Tissue Culture - Geert-Jan De Klerk (Editor); Michael A. Hall (Editor); Edwin F. George (Editor), 3rd. ed., Dordrecht: Springer, 2008.
Call Number: eb SB123.6 .B33 2008eb
ISBN: 9781402050046
For researchers and students, George's books have become the standard works on in vitro plant propagation. For this, the third edition of the classic work, authors with specialist knowledge have been brought on board to cover the hugely expanded number of topics in the subject area. Scientific knowledge has expanded rapidly since the second edition and it would now be a daunting task for a single author to cover all aspects adequately. However, this edition still maintains the integration that was characteristic of the previous editions. The first volume of the new edition highlights the scientific background of in vitro propagation. The second volume covers the practice of micropropagation and describes its various applications.

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Britain's Wild Flowers - Rosamond Richardson, London, [England] : National Trust, 2017.
Call Number: eb QK306 .R534 2017eb
ISBN: 9781909881921
A fascinating look at the myths, folklore and botany behind over 70 British wildflowers. From hedgerows to meadows, wildflowers can be found throughout our green and pleasant land. In this book, journalist and garden writer Rosamond Richardson traces the history and myths behind each flower to discover the fascinating ways in which the plants were used. Discover which flower used as a medieval lie-detector to test the innocence of suspected criminals, or stuffed in the shoes of Roman centurions to prevent damage to their feet as they marched. From periwinkles, beloved of Chaucer, and the oxlips and 'nodding violet' growing in the forest of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the book celebrates the important role wildflowers have played in literature, as well as their uses in food and medicine, and the history, myths and tales behind each species. The nineteenth-century poet John Clare wrote, 'I love wildflowers (none are weeds with me)'. This book is a celebration of the bountiful history behind Britain's beloved wildflowers and is perfect for anyone with an interest in gardening, history or the natural world.

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Broccoli - Bernhard H. J. Juurlink, Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2016.
Call Number: eb SB333 .B763 2016eb
ISBN: 9781634843133
This book is a must read for anyone interested in Hippocrates' dictum: "Let food be your medicine and medicine your food". This book focuses on the therapeutic effects of broccoli phytochemicals, in particular certain glucosinolate metabolites and flavonoids. This book is organized in such a manner that people with only a basic background in the biological sciences would profit greatly. Anyone interested in any area of nutrigenomics would profit from reading this book as well. This would include horticulturists interested in how phytochemicals may be therapeutic, as well as nutritionists and other health professionals who wish to better understand how diet may influence gene expression and thereby health. Persons engaged in the food-processing industry will also find this book profitable. This book will be of especial interest to graduate students as well as health profession students. The book starts out with a chapter outlining the role of Professor Paul Talalay of Johns Hopkins University and his colleagues, whom initially identified activators of the Nrf2 signalling pathway as playing a critical role in the anti-cancer properties of certain phytochemicals and then went on to greatly develop this area of nutrigenomic research, most recently with human clinical trials. Since many of the therapeutic effects of broccoli consumption can be attributed to specific glucosinolates, two chapters deal with glucosinolates in general (Chapter Two) and glucosinolate distribution in different broccoli cultivars specifically (Chapter Three). Nrf2 activators will influence xenobiotic metabolism in a number of ways; hence, Chapter Four gives an overview of xenobiotic metabolism. Chronic diseases, a major target of nutraceuticals, are a major health concern and place a huge burden on the health care system. Chronic diseases are driven by oxidative stress and generalized inflammation. To understand the medicinal effects of plant bioactive compounds requires an understanding of the mechanisms of oxidant production and scavenging, how oxidative stress affects signalling pathways, and the roles of certain phytochemicals in countering oxidative stress and inflammation. This is the topic of Chapter Five. Chapter Six outlines the Nrf2 signalling pathway and its role in regaining redox and metabolic homeostasis. Broccoli also contains bioactive flavonoids that influence xenobotic metabolism and Nrf2 signalling. Chapter Seven deals with flavonoids with a focus on the major flavonoids found in broccoli, quercetin and kaempferol. Chapters Eight through Eleven outline some of the basic research examining the effects of sulforaphane on x-irradiation-mediated damage, UV-mediated skin damage and perinatal ischemic insults. Chapters Twelve and Three give an overview of some of the clinical trials that involve intake of sulforaphane/broccoli sprouts. The last four chapters deal with the agronomic aspects of broccoli, including cultivation, post-harvest processing and how various cooking methods affect the bioactive components in broccoli.

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Greenhouses - Editors of Cool Springs Press; Philip Schmidt, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Cool Springs Press, 2017.
Call Number: eb SB416 .C665 2017eb
ISBN: 9781591866749
Find all of the most up-to-date information you need to design and equip your own greenhouse, all in one place! BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses is a new edition to the popular Complete Guide to Greenhouses & Garden Projects. Laser-focused on building greenhouses for the home gardener, it's the most complete title on DIY greenhouses you'll find anywhere. Featuring full-color step-by-step photos and comprehensive how-to instructions, the book features full plans for structures that are designed to extend the gardening season. From ornate, Victorian style greenhouses to basic cold frames, you're sure to find a project that meets your needs and fits your space. In this new edition, you'll find several new plans to expand the range of options, including a geodesic-dome greenhouse, a custom greenhouse with a fieldstone foundation, more kit greenhouses, and even a super-efficient greenhouse built completely form upcycled building materials- the greenest greenhouse you'll find! BLACK+DECKER The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses gives an updated look at new materials and products, along with tips for siting and orienting, helps you make good design choices. Complete sections on heaters, ventilation and watering systems show you how to set up and operate your greenhouse for maximum benefit. Building a greenhouse, even a relatively complex "stick-built" style is a surprisingly easy DIY project and one that is sure to delight any gardener in your family.

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Constructed Ecologies - Margaret Grose, London, [England]; New York, New York: Routledge, 2017.
Call Number: eb SB472 .G767 2017eb
ISBN: 9781138890213
Today, designers are shifting the practice of landscape architecture towards the need for a more complex understanding of ecological science. Constructed Ecologiespresents ecology as critical theory for design, and provides major ideas for design that are supported with solid and imaginative science. In the questioning narrative of Constructed Ecologies, the author discards many old and tired theories in landscape architecture. With detailed documentation, she casts off the savannah theory, critiques the search for universals, reveals the needed role of designers in large-scale agriculture, abandons the overlay technique of McHarg, and introduces the ecological and urban health urgency of public night lighting. Margaret Grose presents wide-ranging new approaches and shows the importance of learning from science for design, of going beyond assumptions, of working in multiple rather than single issues, of disrupting linear design thinking, and of dealing with data. This book is written with a clear voice by an ecologist and landscape architect who has led design students into loving ecological science for the support it gives design.

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Cutting Back - Leslie Buck, Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
Call Number: eb SB458 .B835 2017eb
ISBN: 9781604697933
"An unusual and entertaining memoir." --New York Times Book Review At thirty-five, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning from one of the most storied landscaping companies in Kyoto. Cutting Back recounts Buck's bold journey and the revelations she has along the way. During her apprenticeship in Japan, she learns that the best Kyoto gardens look so natural they appear untouched by human hands, even though her crew spends hours meticulously cleaning every pebble in the streams. She is taught how to bring nature's essence into a garden scene, how to design with native plants, and how to subtly direct a visitor through a landscape. But she learns the most important lessons from her fellow gardeners: how to balance strength with grace, seriousness with humor, and technique with heart.

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Design Readiness for Landscape Architects - Leslie Smith, Oxfordshire, [England]; New York, New York: Routledge, 2017.
Call Number: eb SB469.6 .S658 2017eb
ISBN: 9781138796157
Demands on landscape architecture students#65533; time are many and varied #65533; when is there a chance to just sketch, and is it worth dedicating your time to the pursuit of drawing? This book shows how in short bursts you can build up your design skills using quick, relaxed sketches, which form the basis for full projects and studio work. This book will provide you with your own image library #65533; sources of inspiration, guidance, and short-cuts to future designs. A variety of paths leading to design discovery, based upon experimental sketching methods, are discussed, demonstrated, and then put into action with valuable exercises. These exercises focus your sketching, giving hints and tips on what to look for, how to capture the essence of the object or location, and how to become a natural in the art of speedy visual communication. Real-life examples of the author#65533;s built-works as a landscape architect show how professionals use these techniques in their own design creations. Design Readiness for Landscape Architects presents enjoyable and thought-stirring essays and drawing-based exercises to help students grow more facile and agile in their service as architects of the land, whether using tablets, paints, or pens and pencils.#65533;

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Dynamic Patterns - Karen M'Closkey; Keith Vandersys, London, [England]; New York, New York: Routledge, 2017.
Call Number: eb SB475.9.D37 .M356 2017eb
ISBN: 9780415711326
Dynamic Patterns explores the role of patterns in designed landscapes. Patterns are inherently relational, and the search for and the creation of patterns are endemic to many scientific and artistic endeavors. Recent advances in optical tools, sensors, and computing have expanded our understanding of patterns as a link between natural and cultural realms. Looking beyond the surface manifestation of pattern, M'Closkey and VanDerSys delve into a multifaceted examination that explores new avenues for engagement with patterns using digital media. Examining the theoretical implications of pattern-making, they probe the potential of patterns to conjoin landscape's utilitarian and aesthetic functions. With full color throughout and over one hundred and twenty images, Dynamic Patterns utilizes work from a wide range of artists and designers to demonstrate how novel modes of visualization have facilitated new ways of seeing patterns and therefore of understanding and designing landscapes.

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The Electric Fencing Handbook - Ann Larkin Hansen, North Adams, Massachusetts : Storey Publishing, 2017.
Call Number: eb S790.3 .H367 2017eb
ISBN: 9781612128917
Use electric fencing to protect your livestock, poultry, beehives, and garden. Portable electric fencing is key to successful rotational grazing, while permanent electric fencing effectively protects gardens and orchards and secures large pastures. Through clear instructions accessible to everyone, you'll learn when to use these methods or a combination of the two, plus how to plan for, build, and maintain your electric fencing. This crucial tool is cost effective and versatile, but veteran farmer and author Ann Larkin Hansen also explains what not to do with an electric fence.

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Field Guide to the Lichens of White Rocks (Boulder, Colorado) - Erin Anne Tripp, Boulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado, 2016.
Call Number: eb QK587.5.C6 .T757 2016eb
ISBN: 9781607325536
Field Guide to the Lichens of White Rocks is a careful examination of the lichens that occur at the ecologically important and lichenologically rich urban outcropping of Fox Hills sandstone known as White Rocks Nature Preserve, located in Boulder County, Colorado.   This extensively illustrated field guide presents detailed information on the macroscopic and microscopic features needed to identify species, as well as extensive notes on how to differentiate closely related lichens--both those present at White Rocks and those likely to be found elsewhere in western North America. This guide is one of the only complete lichen inventories of a sandstone formation in North America and covers all constituents including the crustose microlichen biota, traditionally excluded from other inventories. A short introduction and glossary equip the reader with basic information on lichen morphology, reproduction, and ecology.   Visitors to White Rocks Nature Preserve must schedule staff-led public tours or set up sponsored research projects through the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and there are many other outcroppings of Fox Hills sandstone across the West, making Field Guide to the Lichens of White Rocks a significant resource for anyone interested in this unique environment. This accessible, user-friendly guide will also be valuable to naturalists and lichenologists around the world as well as educators, conservationists, and land managers concerned with the growing significance of open spaces and other protected urban areas throughout North America.     The University Press of Colorado gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the University of Colorado Natural History Museum, City of Boulder Parks & Open Spaces, and the Colorado Native Plant Society board and members toward the publication of this book.  

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Garden and Grove - John D. Hunt, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.
Call Number: eb SB457.6 .H868 1996eb
ISBN: 9780812216042
Garden and Grove is a pioneering study of the English fascination with Italian Renaissance gardens. John Dixon Hunt studies reactions of English visitors in their journals and travel books to the exciting world of Italian gardens: its links with classical villas, with Virgil and farming, with Ovid and metamorphosis, its association with theater, its variety, its staged debates between art and nature. Then he looks at what English visitors made of these Italian garden experiences upon their return home and at how they created Italianate gardens on their estates, on their stages, and in their poems. With a wealth of literary and visual materials previously untapped, Hunt provides a new history of an intriguing and vital phase of English garden history. Not only does he suggest the centrality of the garden as a focus for many social, aesthetic, political, and philosophical ideas but he argues that the so-called English landscape garden before "Capability" Brown, in the late eighteenth century, owed much to a long and continuing emulation of Italian Renaissance models.

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The Genus Syzygium - K. Narayanan Nair (Editor), Boca Raton, Florida ; London, [England] ; New York : CRC Press, 2017.
Call Number: eb QK495 .M9 .G468 2017eb
ISBN: 9781482249729
Syzygium is a well-known source of the globally traded clove as well as the widely cultivated jambolan, water apple, rose apple, wax apple, mountain apple, and several other underutilized species. These plants have multiple uses as edible fruits, medicine, spice, food colorants, and flavorings. The Genus Syzygium: Syzygium cumini and Other Underutilized Species provides an updated, comprehensive account of S. cumini and other underutilized species from a multidisciplinary perspective. This book covers all relevant aspects including the botany, systematics, phylogeny, life history, traditional medicinal uses, phytochemical constituents, pharmacology, pharmacopeia standards, horticulture, genetic resource conservation, biocontrol, and bioremediation values. It demonstrates how Syzygium cumini and other underutilized species hold great prospect for global pharmaceutical and horticultural trade. The Genus Syzygium will serve as the standard reference for a broad range of researchers interested in the various uses of S. cumini and eight underutilized Indo-Malaysian and Australasian species of Syzygium.

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The Golden Age of the Garden - Claire Cock-Starkey (Editor), London, [England] : Elliott & Thompson, 2017.
Call Number: eb SB453 .G653 2017eb
ISBN: 9781783963201
The relationship between England and its gardens might be described as a love affair; gardening is a national passion, rooted in history. The e18th century is often called the Golden Age of English gardening; as the fashion for formal pleasure grounds for the wealthy faded, a new era began, filled with picturesque vistas inspired by nature. Charting the transformation in English landscapes through the 18th and 19th centuries, The Golden Age of the Garden brings the voices of the past alive in newspaper reports, letters, diaries, books, essays and travelogues, offering contemporary gardening advice, principles of design, reflections on nature, landscape and plants, and a unique perspective on the origins of the English fascination with gardens. Exploring the different styles, techniques and innovations, and the creation of many of the stunning spaces that visitors still flock to see today, this is an evocative and rewarding collection for all gardeners and garden-lovers seeking insight, ideas and surprises.

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Good Growing - Leslie A. Duram; Lincoln, [Nebraska] : University of Nebraska Press, 2005.
Call Number: eb S605.5 .D87 2005eb
ISBN: 9780803266483
Over the past decade, organic products have become the fastest growing sector of agriculture, with an annual increase of at least 20 percent. This book explains why organic production and consumption have seen such phenomenal growth in recent years--and, even more important, why they should. A clear-eyed, close-up look at the compelling reasons for organic farming and the methods that make it work, Good Growing begins with a frank account of the problems with conventional industrial agriculture--the pesticide use, pollution, and corporate control that have undermined public health and devastated rural towns and family farms.   In-depth interviews with working organic farmers from across the country bring to life the facts and figures that Leslie Duram sets out in her extensive overview of the realities of organic farming today. Farmers with very different operations in California, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, and upstate New York give us an intimate understanding of the ecological, social, economic, and personal factors that shape their farming experiences. We also learn firsthand about the attractions and pleasures as well as the problems and concerns that accompany organic farming.   With its comprehensive view of the status of farming and its compelling portraits of organic farmers, Good Growing is, finally, a work of scientific advocacy describing a course of action, based on the best research available, to improve the health of agriculture in our day.

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Grow Your Own Vegetables in Pots - Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell, London, [England] ; New York : CICO Books, 2009.
Call Number: eb SB453 .S36 2009eb
ISBN: 9781907563126
Using containers or pots as a base for your gardening is so versatile--try making an eye-catching design feature by growing nasturtiums in a metal bucket, or grow wild arugula on your window ledge in a kitchen colander. Growing your own crops is not only rewarding and fun, but you'll be doing your bit for the environment too, as well as being able to ensure that all your crops are produced organically, whilst saving money at the same time. This book is packed with tips and techniques, from companion planting to deter pests, to choosing the right container for the right crop, along with a wealth of other gardening advice. Grow Your Own Vegetables in Pots tempts the novice gardener to get growing and the more experienced gardener to grow organically, producing crops that are a pleasure to grow, harvest, and eat.

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Guide to Standard Floras of the World - David G. Frodin, 2nd ed. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambride University Press, 2001.
Call Number: eb Z5351 .F76 2001 QK45.2eb
ISBN: 0521790778
This 2001 book provides a selective annotated bibliography of the principal floras and related works of inventory for vascular plants. The second edition was completely updated and expanded to take into account the substantial literature of the late twentieth century, and features a more fully developed review of the history of floristic documentation. The works covered are principally specialist publications such as floras, checklists, distribution atlases, systematic iconographies and enumerations or catalogues, although a relatively few more popularly oriented books are also included. The Guide is organised in ten geographical divisions, with these successively divided into regions and units, each of which is prefaced with a historical review of floristic studies. In addition to the bibliography, the book includes general chapters on botanical bibliography, the history of floras, and general principles and current trends, plus an appendix on bibliographic searching, a lexicon of serial abbreviations, and author and geographical indexes.

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Historic Gardens and Parks of Derbyshire - Dianne Barre, Oxford, [England] ; Havertown, Pennsylvania : Windgather Press, 2017.
Call Number: eb SB466 .G75 .B377 2017eb
ISBN: 9781911188049
The open hilly terrain of much of Derbyshire has long been a challenge to gardeners and landscapers, but has produced some spectacular walled and terraced gardens. Wealthy aristocrats created important and unusual pleasure gardens including the famous Bess of Hardwick, the Earl of Newcastle and his Venus garden at Bolsover, the Whig Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth and their Tory rivals Lords Scarsdale of Kedleston and the Earl of Harrington with his extravagant and secret Elysium garden at Elvaston Castle. Mineral wealth, including ore and coal, produced wealthy manufacturers and businessmen who created their own fashionable and expensive gardens to compete with established county wealth. These included the fabulously wealthy Arkwright family of Willesley Castle and Joseph Whitworth at Stancliffe. In this lavishly illustrated and lively new study Dianne Barre looks not just at such beautifully restored and accessible gardens as Haddon, Melbourne and Renishaw but also lost gardens and parks at Swarkeston, Knowle Hill, Sutton Scarsdale, Wingerworth and Drakelow and considers the importance of gardens at Derbyshire Spa towns. There are many surprises as the author re-examines the fashionable, the quirky, the accessible and the lost and little known.

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    E-Books on Drought Tolerant Gardening and Water Conservation

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    The Bold Dry Garden - Johanna Silver; Marion Brenner (Photographer), Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 2016.
    ISBN: 9781604697728
    A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 Ruth Bancroft is a dry gardening pioneer. Her lifelong love of plants led to the creation of one of the most acclaimed public gardens, The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California. The Bold Dry Garden offers unparalleled access to the garden and the extraordinary woman responsible for it. In its stunningly photographed pages, you'll discover the history of the garden and the design principles and plant palette that make it unique. Packed with growing and maintenance tips, profiles of signature plants for a dry garden, and innovative design techniques, The Bold Dry Garden has everything you need to create a garden that is lush, waterwise, and welcoming.

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    The Desert Gardener's Calendar. - George Brookbank; Brookbank, Tucson, [Arizona] : The University of Arizona Press, 1999.
    Call Number: eb SB453.2.S67 .B66 1999eb
    ISBN: 9780816518944
    What's the best time to plant or prune? When should you fertilize fruit trees? What's the earliest date to set out tomato plants? Gardeners in the desert Southwest can't rely on books that try to cover the whole country. Summer heat, less rain, and shorter, unreliable growing seasons are important factors in the desert. That's why The Desert Gardener's Calendar can be essential to gardening success. Whether you're raising vegetables, nursing citrus trees, or just trying to keep your front yard looking its best, you'll find that this handy book gives you a valuable month-by-month perspective on the year. It helps you to focus on necessary activities and reminds you of simple tasks you might overlook.It's especially valuable for people who've moved to the desert regions from other parts of the country and follow old gardening dates that seldom apply to their new home. The Desert Gardener's Calendar is a guide to the maintenance you need to do to keep your garden flourishing and your landscape attractive throughout the year. It combines the month-by-month gardening and landscaping activities from two separate books by George Brookbank--Desert Gardening, Fruits and Vegetables and Desert Landscaping--and was created in response to readers who have found the calendar sections of those books especially invaluable. And because not all deserts are the same, Brookbank is careful to point out differences in scheduling encountered by gardeners in low- and middle-elevation regions in California and the Southwest. "I believe," says the author, "that if you use this calendar and let your judgment become more accurate with experience, you'll soon be doing everything right." Although that might suggest a day when you don't need this book, chances are good that, if you're a desert gardener, right now you do.

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    Water Reuse for Irrigation - Lazarova Valentina Staff; Valentina Lazarova (Editor); Akica Bahri (Editor)
    ISBN: 9780203499405
    Publication Date: 2004-12-28
    This compilation provides guidelines that facilitate the successful planning and operation of water reuse projects. Offering the information, analysis, and proven experience for agricultural and landscape irrigation, it bridges the gap between fundamental science and relatively uncharted areas of economic, institutional, and liability issues. It delivers a synthesis of information recently emerging in both science and in the practice of irrigation with reclaimed water. The book compiles guidelines, recommendations, and codes of best practices from around the world for all types of recycled water uses, and it examines recent concerns about adverse effects on plants, groundwater, and public health.

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    Desert Landscaping - George Brookbank, Tucson, [Arizona] : The University of Arizona Press, 1992, ©1992
    Call Number: eb SB427.5 .B76 1992eb
    ISBN: 9780816512010
    George Brookbank has distilled nearly twenty years' experience--as an extension agent in urban horticulture with the University of Arizona--into a practical book that tells how to avoid problems with desert landscaping before they occur and how to correct those that do. In the first part, "How to Start and Maintain a Desert Landscape," he provides 28 easy-to-use chapters that address concerns ranging from how to start a wildflower garden to how to cope with Texas root rot. In Part Two, "A Month-By-Month Maintenance Guide," he offers a handy almanac that tells what to do and what to watch out for each month of the year, with cross-references to the chapters in Part One. Homeowners who maintain their own landscape will find in this book ways to make the work more satisfying and productive, while those who hire landscape contractors can make sure the work is done effectively and economically. "You'll find all kinds of books on desert landscape design and materials, irrigation system and design, and landscape installation," says Brookbank. "So far as I know, however, this is the only book that tells you what to do with what you've got and how to keep it growing." CONTENTS Part 1 - How to Start and Maintain a Desert Landscape 1. Desert Conditions: How They Are "Different" 2. Plants Are Like People: They're Not Alike 3. Use Arid-Land Plants to Save Water 4. How to Irrigate in the Desert 5. How to Design and Install a Drip Irrigation System 6. Soils and Their Improvement I: How to Plant in the Desert 7. Soils and Their Improvement II: How to Use Fertilizers 8. What to Do When Things Go Wrong: A Troubleshooter's Guide 9. How to Avoid--and Repair--Frost Damage 10. How to Control "Weeds" 11. Palo Verde Borer Beetle: What to Do 12. How to Avoid Texas Root Rot 13. When You Move Into an Empty House 14. What to Do About Roots in Drains 15. How to Dig Up Plants and Move Them 16. How to Have Flower Bed Color All Year 17. Landscape Gardening with Containers 18. Starting Wildflowers 19. Starting a Lawn 20. Making and Keeping a Good Hedge 21. Pruning Trees and Shrubs 22. Palm Tree Care 23. Caring for Saguaros, Ocotillos, Avages, and Prickly Pears 24. Roses in the Desert: Hard Work and Some Disappointments 25. Landscaping with Citrus 26. Swimming Pools: Plants, Play, and Water-Saving 27. Landscape Maintenance While You're Away 28. Condominiums: Common Grounds, Common Problems Part 2 - A Month-by-Month Maintenance Guide

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    How to Mulch - Stu Campbell
    ISBN: 9781612124452
    Publication Date: 2015-12-30
    Mulching makes your garden and yard much easier to care for, helping to retain moisture, keep weeds in check, and protect young plants. This concise guide shows you exactly how to mulch for any situation, covering sheet mulching, feeding mulches, and living mulches for use in the yard, garden, and home landscape. It even includes a quick-reference chart of mulch types and a section on mulching for success with specific vegetables.    

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    Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies - Owen E. Dell
    ISBN: 9780470480588
    Publication Date: 2009-02-10
    Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies provides hands-on, how-to instruction for realizing the benefits of a sustainable landscape, from selecting sutainable hardscape materials to installing a rain-water catchment system to choosing native plants.

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    The Conscientious Gardener - Sarah Hayden Reichard; Peter Raven (Foreword by); Sarah Reichard
    ISBN: 9780520947283
    Publication Date: 2011-01-19
    In his influential A Sand County Almanac, published at the beginning of the environmental movement in 1949, Aldo Leopold proposed a new ecological ethic to guide our stewardship of the planet. In this inspiring book, Sarah Hayden Reichard tells how we can bring Leopold's far-reaching vision to our gardens to make them more sustainable, lively, and healthy places. Today, gardening practices too often damage the environment: we deplete resources in our own soil while mining for soil amendments in far away places, or use water and pesticides in ways that can pollute lakes and rivers. Drawing from cutting edge research on urban horticulture, Reichard explores the many benefits of sustainable gardening and gives straightforward, practical advice on topics such as pest control, water conservation, living with native animals, mulching, and invasive species. The book includes a scorecard that allows readers to quickly evaluate the sustainability of their current practices, as well as an extensive list of garden plants that are invasive, what they do, and where they should be avoided.

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    Eco-Yards - Laureen Rama
    ISBN: 9781550924664
    Publication Date: 2011-02-08
    Sick of the backyard battle? Using simple steps presented in clear, easy-to-follow language, Eco-yards shows you how environmentally sound practices can restore the natural ecosystem and turn your yard into an eco-friendly sanctuary.

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    The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener - Tammi Hartung
    ISBN: 9781603428651
    Publication Date: 2013-12-31
    This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment - instead of continually fighting it - you'll reap a larger harvest with much less stress and effort. Tammi Hartung explains how to start with a hardy and healthy garden, create beneficial relationships through smart planting, attract helpful insects and pollinators, intentionally create habitats for wildlife, and much more.

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    Mulch It! - Stu Campbell
    ISBN: 9781603422086
    Publication Date: 2012-05-04
    Weeding. Watering. Soil improvement. Frost and heat protection. Wouldn't it be wonderful if these gardening and landscaping chores could be simplified with one easy method? They can! This book is a reader's guide to the gardener's secret weapon for healthy, carefree and beautiful gardens and landscapes - mulch. Advice on every kind of mulch and on how to use mulches on everything from landscape plantings to vegetable gardens makes this the one book that gives readers everything they need to know to use mulch most effectively.

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    Landscaping on the New Frontier - Susan E. Meyer; Roger K. Kjelgren; Darrel G. Morrison; Bettina Schultz; William A. Varga
    ISBN: 9780874217100
    Publication Date: 2009-04-01
    A practical volume for the home or business owner on landscaping with native, drought-tolerant plants in the Rocky Mountain West. Filled with color illustrations, photos, and design sketches, over 100 native species are described, while practical tips on landscape design, water-wise irrigation, and keeping down the weeds are provided. In this book you will learn how to use natural landscapes to inspire your own designed landscape around your business or home and yard. Included are design principles, practical ideas, and strong examples of what some homeowners have already done to convert traditional "bluegrass" landscapes into ones that are more expressive of theWest. Landscaping on the new Frontier also offers an approach to irrigation that minimizes the use of supplemental water yet ensures the survival of plants during unusually dry periods. You will learn how to combine ecological principles with design principles to create beautiful home landscapes that require only minimal resources to maintain.

    The Desert Garden - Irina Springuel
    ISBN: 9781936190010
    Publication Date: 2006-01-01

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    Creating Your Eco-friendly Garden - Mary Horsfall
    ISBN: 9780643096202
    Publication Date: 2008-01-01
    How to develop an environmentally friendly garden for little cost.

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    The New Ornamental Garden - Simon Rickard
    ISBN: 9780643101760
    Publication Date: 2011-01-01
    A practical, fresh look at garden-worthy plants for Australian conditions.

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    Hellstrip Gardening - Evelyn Hadden; Joshua McCullough (Photographer)
    ISBN: 9781604696103
    Publication Date: 2014-04-22
    The hellstrip--the space between a street and a public sidewalk, also known as a tree park, boulevard, meridian, and planting strip--is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space as an environmentally friendly way to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve resources. Hellstrip Gardening by Evelyn Hadden, the author of the acclaimed Beautiful No-Mow Yards, is the first book to show you exactly how to reclaim this oft-ignored space. This comprehensive guide covers how to determine the city and Home Owner's Association rules governing the area, how to choose plants that thrive in tough situations, how to design pathways for accessibility, and much more. Gorgeous color photographs of hellstrip gardens across the country offer inspiration and visual guidance to anyone ready to tackle this final frontier. With Hellstrip Gardening in hand, you can finally create the paradise you want in the most unexpected of places!

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    Agaves - Greg Starr
    ISBN: 9781604694000
    Publication Date: 2013-06-27
    Gardeners and garden designers are having a love affair with agaves. It's easy to see why—they're low maintenance, drought-tolerant, and strikingly sculptural, with an astounding range of form and color. Many species are strikingly variegated, and some have contrasting ornamental spines on the edges of their leaves. Fabulous for container gardening or in-the-ground culture, they combine versatility with easy growability. In Agaves, plant expert Greg Starr profiles 75 species, with additional cultivars and hybrids, best suited to gardens and landscapes. Each plant entry includes a detailed description of the plant, along with its cultural requirements, including hardiness, sun exposure, water needs, soil requirements, and methods of propagation. Agaves can change dramatically as they age and this comprehensive guide includes photos showing each species from youth to maturity—a valuable feature unique to this book.

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    Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens - Lauren Springer Ogden; Scott Ogden
    ISBN: 9781604693362
    Publication Date: 2011-11-03
    In recent years, gardeners have faced increased water-use restrictions, and it's not limited to dry-climate areas like the Southwest. There are restrictions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. And even for gardeners with no water restrictions, low-water plants are key to a sustainable garden. Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens is a practical guide to the best 200 plants guaranteed to thrive in low-water gardens. Plant entries provide the common and botanical name, the regions where the plant is best adapted, growth and care information, and notes on pests and disease. This practical and inspiring guide includes a variety of plants, from trees to succulents, perennials to bulbs, all selected for their wide adaptability and ornamental value. Companion plants, creative design ideas, and full color photography round out the text.

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    High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening - Alice Bowe
    ISBN: 9781604693119
    Publication Date: 2011-04-25
    The environmental benefits of gardens are well-known: trees and plants capture carbon emissions, help to moderate the urban climate, promote health and well being, and help reduce energy consumption. But some garden practices are downright damaging, like using leaf blowers and other power tools, installing impermeable paving, and choosing plants that require excessive water or artificial fertilizers. High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening is a one-stop reference for making a garden more green. From simple actions like composting household waste, installing a water barrel, or eliminating pesticides to more long-term investments like choosing permeable, locally sourced paving, and planting the most water-wise plants, there are hundreds of large and small choices home gardeners can make to reduce the environmental impact of designing, planting, and tending a garden. High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening goes beyond organics and compost and gives serious gardeners all the information they need to make their garden truly green.

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    Covering Ground - Barbara W. Ellis
    ISBN: 9781612122168
    Publication Date: 2012-11-09
    Looking for an alternative to a traditional lawn? Covering Ground explores hundreds of wonderful possibilities. Flowering plants, herbs, mosses, ground-hugging shrubs, and heathers, planted singly or in creative combinations, can add interest, elegance, and drama to otherwise dull and ordinary areas. And hardscape options, such as bluestone, crushed gravel, brick, or shredded bark mulch, can create pathways and define borders. You'll be inspired by these low-maintenance, creative ideas, and Barbara Ellis includes all of the information you need to successfully select, plant, and care for the ground covers that you choose.

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    Modern and Traditional Irrigation Technologies in the Eastern Mediterranean - Ozay Mehmet; Hasan Ali Bic¸ak
    ISBN: 9781552503041
    Publication Date: 2002-01-01
    A water crisis is threatening several regions of the world. In the Middle East and North Africa, the crisis is serious and getting worse. Contributing factors include mismanagement of water resources, population trends and explosive urban growth, structural imbalance between demand and available resources, and a dearth of water-related information. This book presents an analysis of irrigation technologies used in the Eastern Mediterranean region, both past and present. It discusses the reuse of wastewater and other conservation technologies through case studies from Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, North Cyprus, and Turkey. It presents a multidisciplinary view of the water crisis, with discussion in the disciplines of economics, hydrology, agronomics, engineering, and environmental sciences. As a sequel to Water Balances in the Eastern Mediterranean, this book will be of interest to policymakers, researchers, academics, and development professionals working in the areas of water management and Middle Eastern studies.

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    Water Use Efficiency for Irrigated Turf and Landscape - Geoff Connellan
    ISBN: 9780643106888
    Publication Date: 2013-01-01
    Covers all aspects of water management in irrigated urban open space areas and how to achieve high water use efficiency.

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    Turfgrass and Landscape Irrigation Water Quality - R. R. Duncan; Robert N. Carrow; Michael T. Huck; Ronny R. Duncan
    ISBN: 9781420081947
    Publication Date: 2008-12-17
    With the increased use of alternative irrigation water sources on turfgrass and landscape sites, their management is becoming more complex and whole ecosystems-oriented. Yet few turfgrass managers have received formal training in the intricacies of irrigation water. Turfgrass and Landscape Irrigation Water Quality: Assessment and Managementprovides a comprehensive, science-based review of irrigation water quality. The book examines field problems in a logical manner, provides clear scientific explanations, and offers detailed practical information for resolving each specific problem in an environmentally sustainable manner. Divided into four parts, the book begins with an overview of the assessment of irrigation water. It discusses factors that affect the quality of water, assists readers in understanding irrigation water quality tests, and examines field monitoring. The second part focuses on explaining scientific irrigation water quality situations or challenges associated with various water sources, including saline, seawater, and reclaimed irrigation water, as well as stormwater reuse. The next section explores management options for site-specific problems. The authors discuss irrigation system design when confronted with poor quality water, salt leaching, water acidification, and turfgrass nutritional considerations, and discusses lake, pond, and stream management and other water issues. Lastly, the text addresses potential environmental concerns related to irrigation water sources on the watershed/landscape level. The book contains several case studies which further clarify the material and provides a comprehensive appendix list of landscape plants and their relative salinity tolerances. The diversity and nature of various water quality related challenges are quite daunting, even for the most seasoned professional. This volume provides a foundation for understanding the complexities of water quality that is certain to lead to science-based management decisions that are environmentally friendly and sustainable for years to come.

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    Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West - Heidi A. Kratsch; Heidi Kratsch (Editor)
    ISBN: 9780874217902
    Publication Date: 2011-04-01
    This working manual provides complete information on the technical aspects of designing, building, and maintaining waterwise landscapes in the Mountain West. Written particularly for professionals, including landscape designers, architects, contractors, and maintenance and irrigation specialists, it has an attractive, well-illustrated, user-friendly format that will make it useful as well to DIY homeowners and to educators, plant retailers, extension agents, and many others. The manual is organized according to landscape principles that are adapted to the climate of the intermountain region. Beginning with planning and design, the topical principles proceed through soil preparation, appropriate plant selection, practicalities of turfgrass, use of mulch, and irrigation planning, winding up with landscape maintenance. Designed for onsite, handy use, the book is illustrated with color images of landscapes, plants, and materials. Tables, charts, diagrams, landscape plans, plant lists, checklists, and other graphic resources are scattered throughout the manual, which is written in an accessible but information-rich style. Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West answers, more comprehensively than any other single book, the need for professional information that addresses both growing awareness of the necessity for water conservation and the desire for beautiful, healthy yards and properties.

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    Gardening with a Wild Heart - Judith Larner Lowry, Berkeley : University of California Press, [1999]
    Call Number: eb SB439.24.C2 L68 1999eb
    ISBN: 9780520933873
    Judith Lowry's voice and experiences make a rich matrix for essays that include discussions of wildflower gardening, the ecology of native grasses, wildland seed-collecting, principles of natural design, and plant/animal interactions. This lyrical and articulate mix of the practical and the poetic combines personal story, wildland ecology, restoration gardening practices, and native plant horticulture.

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    Plant-Driven Design - Scott Ogden; Lauren Springer Ogden, Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2008.
    Call Number: eb SB472.45 .O33 2008eb
    ISBN: 0881928771
    For too long, garden design has given pride of place to architecture, artifice, and arbitrary principles. The results? Soulless landscapes where plants play subordinate roles. With passion and eloquence, Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden argue that only when plants are given the respect they deserve does a garden become emotionally resonant. Plant-Driven Design shows designers how to work more confidently with plants, and gives gardeners more confidence to design. The Ogdens boldly challenge design orthodoxy and current trends by examining how to marry plantsmanship and design without sacrificing one to the other. Supported by extensive lists of plants adapted to specific purposes and sites, Plant-Driven Design explores how plants interact with place. In addition, the authors' experience gardening and designing in a wide variety of climates gives their perspective a unique depth. In ideas, scope, and detail, this book both embraces and transcends regionality. By reclaiming gardens as a home to plants, this groundbreaking work will restore life-affirming vitality to garden design and profoundly affect how we understand and experience gardens.


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    Home-Grown Fruit - Stephanie Donaldson; Jane Eastoe, London : National Trust, 2013.
    Call Number: eb SB355 .E27 2013eb
    ISBN: 9781843404163
    What could be tastier than fruit, picked straight from your back garden? Growing your own fruit can be a rewarding pastime and you don't need a big garden or allotment to cultivate your favourite fruit, as they can grow well in containers and even hanging baskets. This beautiful and practical guide, marking a unique collaboration between the National Trust and Country Living magazine, celebrates the produce of orchards, allotments and gardens, from rhubarb, gooseberries and strawberries to peaches, damsons and plums. Each fruit entry reveals all you need to know about growing and harvesting as well as providing useful tips on companion planting and pests and diseases. With beautiful illustrations throughout, you will find all you need for a fruitful, healthy garden all year round. 

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    Homegrown Pantry - Barbara Pleasant, North Adams, Massachusetts : Storey Publishing, 2017.
    Call Number: eb SB175 .P543 2017eb
    ISBN: 9781612125787
    Now that you've mastered gardening basics, you want to enjoy your bounty year-round, right? Homegrown Pantry picks up where beginning gardening books leave off, with in-depth profiles of the 55 most popular crops -- including beans, beets, squash, tomatoes, and much more -- to keep your pantry stocked throughout the year. Each vegetable profile highlights how many plants to grow for a year's worth of eating, and which storage methods work best for specific varieties. Author Barbara Pleasant culls tips from decades of her own gardening experience and from growers across North America to offer planting, care, and harvesting refreshers for every region and each vegetable. 

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    The Japanese Art of Stone Appreciation - Vincent T. Covello; Yuji Yoshimura; Sonja Arntzen (Foreword by); Ph.D., Sonja Arntzen (Foreword by); Vincent Covello, Tokyo ; Rutland, Vt. : Tuttle Pub., c2009.
    Call Number: eb NK8715 .C6 2009eb
    ISBN: 9784805310137
    The Japanese Art of Stone Appreciation is an exploration into the art of suiseki--small, naturally formed stones selected for their shape, balance, simplicity and tranquility. Written by two leading experts in the field of Japanese gardening and art, this concise introduction offers aesthetic guidance and direct practical advice that is a window into traditional Japanese culture. It details the essential characteristics of a high-quality suiseki, describing the various systems of stone classification in this Japanese art form and explaining how to display a suiseki to its best advantage. There is also a section on incorporating suiseki alongside a bonsai tree, themost popular and rewarding complement to peaceful suiseki miniature landscape gardens. Sections include: Historical Background Characteristics and Aesthetic Qualities Classification of Suiseki Displaying a Stone Suiseki with Bonsai and Other Related Arts Collecting Suiseki How to Make a Carved Wooden Base Suiseki Classification Systems

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    The Wisdom of Wildflowers - Heather Robbins, Eugene, Oregon : Resource Publications, 2016.
    Call Number: eb SB439 .R633 2016eb
    ISBN: 9781532603167
    Heather Robbins lived twenty-five years on a cattle ranch on the Canada prairies, and spent many hours outside walking through fields and pastures, hills and valleys. She found beauty and inspiration in everything that she saw. Mother Nature reached into her soul and brought her to a place of complete belonging and peace. Wildflowers composed their sweet songs, sweeping Heather away into a world of inspiration, and they gently reminded her of what was possible, motivating her to live her life with hope, strength, and grace. Each wildflower whispered their lessons, guiding her to look inside herself with love and understanding, forgiveness and gratitude. It is Heather's hope that as women journey through these pages, they will be inspired to open up their hearts to hear these divine messages, and discover the beauty and grace that exists within us all.

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    What Good Are Bugs? - Gilbert Waldbauer, Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
    Call Number: eb QL496.4 .W35 2003eb
    ISBN: 0674010272
    We shriek about them, slap and spray them, and generally think of insects (when we think of them at all) as pests. Yet, if all insects, or even a critical few, were to disappear--if there were none to pollinate plants, serve as food for other animals, dispose of dead organisms, and perform other ecologically essential tasks--virtually all the ecosystems on earth, the webs of life, would unravel. This book, the first to catalogue ecologically important insects by their roles, gives us an enlightening look at how insects work in ecosystems--what they do, how they live, and how they make life as we know it possible. In What Good Are Bugs? Gilbert Waldbauer combines anecdotes from entomological history with insights into the intimate workings of the natural world, describing the intriguing and sometimes amazing behavior of these tiny creatures. He weaves a colorful, richly textured picture of beneficial insect life on earth, from ants sowing their "hanging gardens" on Amazonian shrubs and trees to the sacred scarab of ancient Egypt burying balls of cattle dung full of undigested seeds, from the cactus-eating caterpillar (aptly called Cactoblastis) controlling the spread of the prickly pear to the prodigious honey bee and the "sanitary officers of the field"--the fly maggots, ants, beetles, and caterpillars that help decompose and recycle dung, carrion, and dead plants. As entertaining as it is informative, this charmingly illustrated volume captures the full sweep of insects' integral place in the web of life.

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    Wedding Bouquets and Flowers - Jill Woodall, Wiltshire, [England] : The Crowood Press, 2017.
    Call Number: eb SB449.5.B7 .W663 2017eb
    ISBN: 9781785002700
    Today's brides can choose from an ever-widening range of flower styles and designs including spectacular blooms, individual fantasies and simple, natural displays--the creative potential is huge when a love of flowers is combined with the confidence to experiment. This book gives brides and florists a hands-on guide to floral designs to celebrate the happiest and most special of days. It explains how to plan, prepare and transport the flowers, as well as advising on color scheme and displays. Detailed instruction to techniques and demonstrations are supported by step-by-step photographs and there is also a complete guide to four seasonal weddings set in a church, a castle, a hotel and a garden.

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    Virus Diseases of Tropical and Subtropical Crops - Paula Tennant (Editor); Gustavo Fermin (Editor), Wallingford, England ; Boston, Massachusetts : CABI, 2015.
    Call Number: eb SB736 .V578 2015eb
    ISBN: 9781780644264
    This book describes interactions of plant viruses with hosts and transmission vectors in an agricultural context. Starting with an overview of virus biology, economics and management, chapters then address economically significant plant diseases of tropical and subtropical crops. For each disease, symptoms, distribution, economic impact, causative virus, taxonomy, host range, transmission, diagnostic methods and management strategies are discussed.

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    The Language of Plants - Monica Gagliano (Editor); John Ryan; Patricia I. Vieira, Minneapolis, Minnesota ; London, [England] : University of Minnesota Press, 2017.
    Call Number: eb QK725 .L364 2017eb
    ISBN: 9781517901851
    The eighteenth-century naturalist Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles) argued that plants are animate, living beings and attributed them sensation, movement, and a certain degree of mental activity, emphasizing the continuity between humankind and plant existence. Two centuries later, the understanding of plants as active and communicative organisms has reemerged in such diverse fields as plant neurobiology, philosophical posthumanism, and ecocriticism. The Language of Plants brings together groundbreaking essays from across the disciplines to foster a dialogue between the biological sciences and the humanities and to reconsider our relation to the vegetal world in new ethical and political terms. Viewing plants as sophisticated information-processing organisms with complex communication strategies (they can sense and respond to environmental cues and play an active role in their own survival and reproduction through chemical languages) radically transforms our notion of plants as unresponsive beings, ready to be instrumentally appropriated. By providing multifaceted understandings of plants, informed by the latest developments in evolutionary ecology, the philosophy of biology, and ecocritical theory, The Language of Plants promotes the freedom of imagination necessary for a new ecological awareness and more sustainable interactions with diverse life forms. Contributors: Joni Adamson, Arizona State U; Nancy E. Baker, Sarah Lawrence College; Karen L. F. Houle, U of Guelph; Luce Irigaray, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris; Erin James, U of Idaho; Richard Karban, U of California at Davis; Andr#65533; Kessler, Cornell U; Isabel Kranz, U of Vienna; Michael Marder, U of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU); Timothy Morton, Rice U; Christian Nansen, U of California at Davis; Robert A. Raguso, Cornell U; Catriona Sandilands, York U.

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    My Tiny Flower Garden - Matt Collins; Roo Lewis, London, [England] : Pavilion, 2017.
    Call Number: eb SB453 .C655 2017eb
    ISBN: 9781910904732
    With colorful cutting patches, sweet-scented city streets and pickup trucks perfect for pollinators, we've unearthed 25 amazing unconventional plots. Meet the couple packing pavements with flowers, the landscape architect who has constructed a meadow in the middle of London, and the Detroit florists who created an awe-inspiring installation in an abandoned building (before deconstructing the site and turning the land into a community flower farm). You'll pick up all the best tips and tricks as each gardener shares their small-scale expertise, from crafty containers and sequential displays to expert advice on establishing creative community spaces. Plus, practical projects including seed bombs, a pallet planter and a homemade flower press will ensure that every inch of your space is always in bloom. Whether you're looking for a floral fix or a bee-friendly bed, get inspired, let your imagination grow and enjoy your tiny flower garden.

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    North American Wildland Plants, Third Edition - James Stubbendieck; Stephan L. Hatch; Neal M. Bryan; Cheryl D. Dunn, Lincoln, [Nebraska]: University of Nebraska Press, 2017.
    Call Number: eb SB193.3.N67 .N678 2017eb
    ISBN: 9780803299658
    North American Wildland Plants contains descriptions of the salient characteristics of the most important wildland plants of North America. This comprehensive reference assists individuals with limited botanical knowledge as well as natural resource professionals in identifying wildland plants. The two hundred species of wildland plants in this book were selected because of their abundance, desirability, or poisonous properties. Each illustration has been enhanced with labels pointing to key characteristics to facilitate the identification of unknown plants. Each plant description includes plant characteristics, an illustration of the plant with enlarged parts, and a general distribution map for North America. Each species description includes nomenclature; life span; origin; season of growth; inflorescence, flower or spikelet, or other reproductive parts; vegetative parts; and growth characteristics. Brief notes are included on habitat; livestock losses; and historic, food, and medicinal uses. This third edition contains additional refinements in the nomenclature, distribution, illustrations, and descriptions of plants.

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    The Peace Tree from Hiroshima - Sandra Moore; Kazumi Wilds (Illustrator), Tokyo, Japan ; Rutland, Vermont ; Singapore : Tuttle Publishing, 2015.
    Call Number: eb PZ7.1.M664 .M667 2015eb
    ISBN: 9784805313473
    **Winner of the 2015 Gelett Burgess Award for Best Intercultural Book** **Winner of the 2015 Silver Evergreen Medal for World Peace** This true children's story is told by a little bonsai tree, called Miyajima, that lived with the same family in the Japanese city of Hiroshima for more than 300 years before being donated to the National Arboretum in Washington DC in 1976 as a gesture of friendship between America and Japan to celebrate the American Bicentennial. From the Book: "In 1625, when Japan was a land of samurai and castles, I was a tiny pine seedling. A man called Itaro Yamaki picked me from the forest where I grew and took me home with him. For more than three hundred years, generations of the Yamaki family trimmed and pruned me into a beautiful bonsai tree. In 1945, our household survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In 1976, I was donated to the National Arboretum in Washington D.C., where I still live today--the oldest and perhaps the wisest tree in the bonsai museum."

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    The Profit of the Earth - Courtney Fulilove, Chicago, Illinois ; London, [England]: The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
    Call Number: eb SB187 .U6 .F855 2017eb
    ISBN: 9780226454863
    While there is enormous public interest in biodiversity, food sourcing, and sustainable agriculture, romantic attachments to heirloom seeds and family farms have provoked misleading fantasies of an unrecoverable agrarian past. The reality, as Courtney Fullilove shows, is that seeds are inherently political objects transformed by the ways they are gathered, preserved, distributed, regenerated, and improved. In The Profit of the Earth, Fullilove unearths the history of American agricultural development and of seeds as tools and talismans put in its service.   Organized into three thematic parts, The Profit of the Earth is a narrative history of the collection, circulation, and preservation of seeds. Fullilove begins with the political economy of agricultural improvement, recovering the efforts of the US Patent Office and the nascent US Department of Agriculture to import seeds and cuttings for free distribution to American farmers. She then turns to immigrant agricultural knowledge, exploring how public and private institutions attempting to boost midwestern wheat yields drew on the resources of willing and unwilling settlers. Last, she explores the impact of these cereal monocultures on biocultural diversity, chronicling a fin-de-si#65533;cle Ohio pharmacist's attempt to source Purple Coneflower from the diminishing prairie. Through these captivating narratives of improvisation, appropriation, and loss, Fullilove explores contradictions between ideologies of property rights and common use that persist in national and international development--ultimately challenging readers to rethink fantasies of global agriculture's past and future.

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    Secret Gardens - Claire Masset, London, [England]: National Trust, 2017.
    Call Number: eb SB473 .M377 2017eb
    ISBN: 9781909881907
    Collected here are stunning photographs of the National Trust's idiosyncratic gardens, accompanied by a light text meditating on the magic of the secret garden, and bringing in fascinating historical and botanical details. This book includes secret mazes, hidden corners, walled gardens, lost gardens, gardens that are only open one day a year, follies, orchards, dens, memorials, strange statues, stumperies, huts, ice houses, wendy houses, fairy gates, and pixie houses. The gardens featured include the palm-filled Overbeck's in Devon; Peckover House in Cambridgeshire, which bursts with exotic specimens found on Victorian plant-hunting expeditions; and Monk's House in East Sussex, where the garden proved a refuge for Virginia Woolf.

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    Step-By-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency - Editors of Cool Springs Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Cool Springs Press, 2017.
    Call Number: eb S496 .C665 2017eb
    ISBN: 9781591866886
    Get ready to be self-sufficient. Whether tackling the garden, raising animals, learning more about alternative energy, or bettering your storage and preservation, Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the perfect starting point. Step-by-step instructions and photos will guide you through how to make over 60 complete projects. After all, DIY projects are more fun (and generally easier) when you approach them with helpful aides and tools you made yourself. Projects in this new volume include: -A portable chicken ark -Two types of beehives -Solar cookers -Firewood storage -A potato growing box -Hoophouses and greenhouses -Raised planting beds -Rainbarrels -A cider press -Compost bins -Drying racks   With its clear plan drawings, precise instructions and detailed photos, Step-by-step Projects for Self Sufficiency makes DIY easier than ever.

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    Sustainable Food for the Globe - Norma Burnson, Chicago, Illinois : Sollette's Studio, 2016.
    Call Number: eb SB453 .B876 2016eb
    ISBN: 9781483565491
    At a time when so many people are full of doubt and questions, it is refreshing to meet everyday people who have come across problems and solved them with rather creative solutions. In this book, stories of everyday people take us all over the world, and brings us all kinds of insight. Meeting kindred spirits along the way, who share their knowledge and passion, they motivates us to find and develop our own inner gems. You will read about Salma Kamal, and the importance of Kitchen Gardens. And there is Deborah Manning who shares her system of rescuing wasted food, by redistributing it and creating a tasty meals that provide food and humaine substinace to those in need. You will meet everyday people that are empowering themselves, by actively securing healthy food production to nourish not only themselves, but their families and the global community as well. We see how our future pioneers, the children, thrive as active participants within the community and thus paving the way for respect and honorable stewardship of the limited resources given to us by Mother Earth. I hope these stories will bring you happiness and joy and a little inspiration as well. You might even smile and take a few minutes to share your own stories your families and friends. I'll make sure to include as many stories of your stories and bits of wisdom on my blog.

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    Sustainable Pest Management in Date Palm: Current Status and Emerging Challenges - Waqas Wakil (Editor); Jose Romeno Faleiro (Editor); Thomas A. Miller (Editor), Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2015.
    Call Number: eb SB950 .S878 2015eb
    ISBN: 9783319243955
    Date palm, Phoenix dactylifera L. (Arecales: Arecaceae), is an important palm species cultivated in the arid regions of the world since pre-historic times and traditionally associated with the life and culture of the people in the Middle-East and North Africa which are the pre-dominant date palm growing regions worldwide. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN estimates that there are over 100 million date palms with an annual production of over 7.5 million tonnes A recent report on the arthropod fauna of date palm, enlists 112 species of insects and mites associated with date palm worldwide including 22 species attacking stored dates. Enhanced monoculture of date palm in several date palm growing countries coupled with climate change, unrestrained use of chemical insecticides and extensive international trade is likely to impact the pest complex and the related natural enemies in the date agro-ecosystems. In view of the importance of date palm as an emerging crop of the future and the need to develop and deploy ecologically sound and socially acceptable IPM techniques, this book aims to comprehensively address issues related to the biology and sustainable management of major insect and mite pests of date palm by assessing the current IPM strategies available, besides addressing emerging challenges and future research priorities. The issues pertaining to the role of semiochemicals in date palm IPM involving new strategies revolving around "attract and kill" and "push-pull" technologies, phytoplasmas and their insect vectors with implications for date palm, innovative methods for managing storage pests of dates and knowledge gaps in devicing sustainable strategies for the management of red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier) are also addressed

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    Trauma Farm - Brian Brett, Vancouver, British Columbia : Greystone Books, 2009.
    Call Number: eb S521 .B74 2009eb
    ISBN: 9781553658030
    Beginning naked in the darkness Brian Brett takes us on a journey through a summer’s day that also tells the story of his affectionately named Trauma Farm--exploring the garden, orchards, fields, the mysteries of live-stock and poultry, and the social intricacies of rural communities. Both a memoir and a natural history of the small mixed farm, this eighteen-year-long day travels forward and backward in time, taking us all the way from Babylon to globalization and demonstrating the importance of both tall tales and rigorous science as Brett contemplates the perfection of the egg and the nature of soil or offers a scathing critique of agribusiness and the modern slaughterhouse. Whether discussing the uses and misuses of gates, examining the energy of seeds, or bantering with his family and neighbors, Brett remains aware of the miracles of life, birth, and death and the ecological paradoxes that confront the rural world every day. Threaded with a deep knowledge of biology and botany, Trauma Farm is an erudite, poetic, passionate, and frequently hilarious portrait of rural life and a rich and thought-provoking meditation on the modern world.

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    Trees in the Urban Landscape - Duncan Goodwin, London, [England] ; New York, New York : Routledge, 2017.
    Call Number: eb SB436 .G663 2017eb
    ISBN: 9780415702461
    There is a growing evidence base that documents the social, environmental and economic benefits that urban trees can deliver. Trees are, however, under threat today as never before due to competition for space imposed by development, other hard infrastructures, increased pressure on the availability of financial provision from local authorities and a highly cautious approach to risk management in a modern litigious society. It is, therefore, incumbent upon all of us in construction and urban design disciplines to pursue a set of goals that not only preserve existing trees where we can, but also ensure that new plantings are appropriately specified and detailed to enable their successful establishment and growth to productive maturity. Aimed at developers, urban planners, urban designers, landscape architects and arboriculturists, this book takes a candid look at the benefits that trees provide alongside the threats that are eliminating them from our towns and cities. It takes a simple, applied approach that explores a combination of science and practical experience to help ensure a pragmatic and reasoned approach to decision-making in terms of tree selection, specification, placement and establishment. In this way, trees can successfully be incorporated within our urban landscapes, so that we can continue to reap the benefits they provide.


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