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Bookstore to premier new book on gardening in the north

June 15th, 2017 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

Book signing with Brenda Adams set for Saturday

Internationally acclaimed Homer garden designer Brenda Adams has just published her second book on the subject of gardening in northern latitudes. The new book from the University of Alaska Press, Cool Plants for Cold Climates: A Garden Designer's Perspective has already received the highest praise from garden experts worldwide and is sure to be highly successful.

Adams' first book, There's a Moose in My Garden: Designing Gardens in Alaska and the Far North, carried its reader through the complete process of designing and implementing beautiful gardens in cold climates. This new book reaches into her long experience in creating gardens in higher latitudes, giving the reader an exhaustive list of the best plant selections for use in their gardens.

Beginning with th?premise that a cold climate is no excuse for a dull, colorless garden, Adams shows the key to success is in knowing the right plants that will survive and thrive in even the chilliest environments. Who better to guide gardeners than an expert from the far north? Adams has spent decades searching for exceptional plants that flourish in wintery climates. I?Cool Plants for Cold Climates, she presents vivid and detailed portraits of the best and most beautiful of the bunch.

When Adams moved from the warm Southwest to Alaska, she found herself in a different gardening world, with few guides on how to approach this new ecosystem. Now, more than 25 years later, she shares the secrets gained from her years of gardening experiments as well as bountiful advice from friends and local nurseries. She explains how to evaluate a plant, balancing its artistic attributes with its more utilitarian ones, as well as how to evaluate your space and soil. Adams then takes you into the nursery, offering guidance on how to pick the best of the best. Finally, she offers a detailed look at a wide variety of wonderful plants, highlighting those that offer overall beauty, are especially easy to care for, and solidly hardy. With more than 300 pictures of both individual plants and full gardens, Adams proves that there is a bounty of plants, in a rainbow of colors, waiting to brighten up your space.

Adams will be holding a book signing on Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. at the Homer Bookstore on Pioneer Avenue.


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