Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Author: Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

A how-to-guide for designing natural landscapes in your own backyard. Rainer and West call on readers to initiate conservation efforts, not only a large-scale, but also in their own communities.

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Author: Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

A how-to-guide for designing natural landscapes in your own backyard. Rainer and West call on readers to initiate conservation efforts, not only a large-scale, but also in their own communities.

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Author Thomas Rainer and Claudia West
Page count 316
ISBN 978-1604695533
Publisher Timber Press

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In essence, this is a landscape design book. However, it's a lot more than that. It's also a call to arms:

“The front lines of the battle for nature are not in the Amazon rain forest or the Alaskan wilderness; the front lines are in our backyards, medians, parking lots and elementary schools. The ecological warriors of the future won’t just be scientists and engineers, but gardeners, horticulturalists, land managers, landscape architects, transportation department staff, elementary school teachers and community association board members.”

This bold statement from the authors gives you the idea of where conservation needs to go in the future. We certainly need to preserve as many large natural areas as possible. But we also need to find a way to realize the benefits of nature in our own communities. This book guides the reader through a set of principals for attractive, resilient, sustainable landscaping. Though it is focused on public spaces, there is a lot for the home gardener to gleam as well.

This may have just become my favorite landscaping book. The text is inspirational and informative and the hundreds of photos are attractive and illustrative.

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This powerful guide presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, two leading voices in ecological landscape design, reveal how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, Planting in a Post-Wild World is an optimistic manifesto pointing the way to the future of planting design.

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