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by Heidi Gildemeister

eBook Mediterranean Gardening: A Waterwise Approach download ISBN: 0520236033
Author: Heidi Gildemeister
Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (December 8, 2002)
Language: English
Pages: 208
ePub: 1558 kb
Fb2: 1594 kb
Rating: 4.5
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Category: Engineering
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A gardener of long and varied experience, she has gardened in Switzerland, the Andes, and on the Peruvian coast. She lectures worldwide and has contributed to The Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening

The book describes the process of creating a water-wise, drought-tolerant landscape using native plants.

The book describes the process of creating a water-wise, drought-tolerant landscape using native plants. Two introductory chapters cover plant selection, avoiding invasive species, drought survival, layout. color, scale, proportion, and atmosphere.

Berkeley, CA : University of California Press. Australian/Harvard Citation.

This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy.

As well as choosing water-wise plants, there are many other ways to save water in the garden.

Published by University of California Press. Hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Searing north winds carry the scent of the bush and a warning of the potential for fire. As well as choosing water-wise plants, there are many other ways to save water in the garden. Design a water-wise garden. Use a paving material that lets water soak through.

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Waterwise Gardens, Lagos, Portugal. If you missed it - make sure to find time for the next one, it keeps getting bigger and better!

Heidi Gildemeister marshals her considerable experience, design flair .

Her presentation of 20 gardens - among them an olive grove, a scented shade garden and a haven by the sea, each with extensive plant lists and practical advice - is at the heart of the book, illustrated with 380 of her own exquisite full colour photographs.

Gardening in harmony with a Mediterranean climate means taking advantage of winter rain and allowing the garden to rest over hot summers. In this beautifully illustrated, practical handbook, Heidi Gildemeister provides both novice and experienced gardeners with a comprehensive guide for waterwise gardening, with over one thousand drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants chosen both for their beauty and for their easygoing ways. Well indexed with common and botanical names, Mediterranean Gardening will be indispensable not only for gardeners in California, the Mediterranean basin, and Mediterranean climate areas in South America, Australia, and Africa, but for anyone living in a region that experiences drought.Gildemeister explains how drought-tolerant plants that are suitably matched with a site and carefully planted and mulched can live on winter rain and, once established, do not need additional summer water--as in nature. The Plant Selection lists over one thousand plants from nearly five hundred genera, including their preferred growing conditions, propagation, best use, and maintenance. Guidelines in eight steps describe the planning of waterwise gardens, such as for the establishment of dappled shade to conserve precious soil moisture. Successful alternatives to the water-intensive lawn offer attractive design ideas. Mediterranean Gardening offers a wealth of information: "easy" plants for the beginner, new choices for the garden architect, and for botanists the latest findings on minimum temperatures plants can endure. An extensive bibliography covering drought tolerance and a list of useful addresses make this book as helpful to people converting to water-, labor-, and ecology-conscious gardening as to those starting from scratch.
Comments: (7)
This is an excellent resource for anyone in a Mediterranean climate interested in planting a drought tolerant, low maintenance garden. She covers the climactic conditions, soil, water needs, plant choices and placement and a miriad of other topics related to the successful development of a waterwise environment.
I ordered this book as it was advertised as now also including and clearly identifying frost tolerant plants as well as drought tolerant. I don't know if I've been sent the wrong edition but I can find no references to frost tolerant plants. Living in north eastern Spain where we can get quite severe frosts and hot dry summers this was very important to me. I also found that lots of plants were mentioned in the text but were not included in the "Plant Selection" section of the book. Overall extremely disappointing!
Early Waffle
Disappointed with the size and quality of the photos of this reproduction.I'm sure the original book was far superior in every way
Would not recommend.
Gildermeister primary concern, and rightly so, is the climate and environment of the mediterranean zone for panting and gardening. Water and heat, wind and salt are factors which until now, have not really been taken into account. Gildermeister does take them into account. Her book examies the unique concerns of the med and has an comprehensive and extensive seltection of plants well suited for such conditions. This book is well suite for both beginner and experts alike.
i live in the south of France and have used this book extensively. i learnt quite a lot from it despite having more than 30 years gardening experience. The written chapters are very informative as are the plant selections and i would recommend the book. It will save you a vast amount of time and money

However, i do find the plant selection chapters (which does contain a vast range of plants) less good. There are too many plants that are highly specialised (OK it is a tour de force by the author). I have spent hundreds of hours researching the plants suggested only to find that large numbers are not available any where in Europe, even by seed. the author does say that 'not all are easily obtained' Probably many come from seed swaps from botanical gardens, i wish i knew honestly.

Other species that i grow a lot of seem strangely selected, salvias and agaves particularly.

Frost tolerance is not mentioned and this is a weakness for gardens that do have winter frost (which are many in the Med)

Overall definitely worth buying...but don't get carried away with the lists of plants.
This book gives prefect information on how to grow a garden in a dry climat without going bankrupt on water cost. Invaluable, specially for beginners. Comming from a cold and wet climate I had no idea what to think about when growing a garden in a hot and dry climate, but this book deffinately put me on the right track.

The book also contains a long list of plants that will do well in a "dry" garden which is helpfull. The only thing I missed was information on how big the plants become and at what rate they grow. Rather interesting information for a newcommer like me who is not always familiar with the plants described. Many good pictures did help to choose the right types of plants though.
I live in the South of France and use this book myself. I sent a copy to my daughter in California so that she might benefit from the the expertise and experience of Hilda Gildemeister. This is a good, reliable basic introduction to gardening in a Med. climate.Easy to read, good plant suggestions, the lists of plants for particular situations is of great use. Especially useful for newcomers to dry condition gardening.
Wonderful book! Explains the unique characteristics of water-wise plants covered. Includes many plants and photographs as well as descriptions of best growing conditions. I especially liked the section that groups plants by special characteristics-pool-side, for the novice, scented,etc.