The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers

The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers

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Workman Press.
As practical as it is inspiring, The Layered Garden provides expert information gleaned from decades of hard work and close observation. If you thought that a four-season garden was beyond your reach, this book will show you how to achieve that elusive, tantalizing goal.

“Gardenmaking, in its finest form, is a celebration of life and of love. David and his book epitomize this.” —Lauren Springer Ogden

Brandywine Cottage is David Culp's beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering—interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter.

The Layered Garden shows you how to recreate Culp's majestic display. It starts with a basic lesson in layering—how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and how to maintain it. To illustrate how layering works, Culp takes you on a personal tour through each part of his celebrated garden: the woodland garden, the perennial border, the kitchen garden, the shrubbery, and the walled garden. The book culminates with a chapter dedicated to signature plants for all four seasons.

Baker & Taylor
A book based on the garden at Brandywine Cottage offers inspiration and expert tips on how to create a beautiful, layered garden in every season, describing how to combine heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring that give way to Asian wildflowers in winter.

Book News
Following notes on how he became hooked on gardening as a child, Culp, the co-creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downington, Pennsylvania, who once worked at the famed Longwood Gardens, takes readers on a tour as he explains his approach to an all-season layered-look garden. Color photographs by Rob Cardillo are interspersed with discussion of different types of such gardens, practical tips on maintaining them, and his views on plant-collecting and beauty. The book features a two-page spread of the two-acre property, and a list of some of the author's favorite garden books. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781604692365
Branch Call Number: 635 Dunn 2012
Characteristics: 220 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Coover, Colleen


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Mar 27, 2016

I paged through "The Anxious Gardener..." Maybe ok for a novice, but it's covering too many types of gardening at once. The "What's Wrong With My..." is a better series, because of its specificity and photos.

Ham625 Jun 27, 2015

100 questions and answers. Light, breezy, no depth.

MadReads Sep 22, 2012

Super handy for novices and presented in an unintimidating format


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