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The Prairie Winterscape
In The Prairie Winterscape: Creative Gardening for the Forgotten Season, experienced gardeners Barbara Kam and Nora Bryan show how to claim winter as a gardening season by exploring the different and surprising ways to create natural beauty during the “no-grow” time of year. Many prairie gardeners are unaware that their gardens can be winter wonderlands with as much visual appeal as the glorious summer landscapes they are accustomed to. For most, the first hard frosts are a sign to put the garden to bed until spring, which in some places and some years can be as many as 260 days away. That’s a long time for an avid gardener to be “on hold,” yearning to work the soil and smell the roses.

But it needn’t be so.

By selecting trees and shrubs with dramatic silhouettes and colorful berries and bark, creating ornamental focal points that are enhanced by delicate rims of frost or a light blanket of snow, and leaving flower borders filled during the winter months with a collection of sturdy plants and grasses boasting interesting seed heads, prairie gardeners can redefine their favorite pastime to include the “forgotten season.” It’s an idea whose time has come.

Written with feeling, creativity, and inspiration, The Prairie Winterscape describes all you need to know for creating and enjoying a beautiful prairie winterscape. It includes:

- design tips for planning attractive winter gardens

- descriptions of trees, shrubs, perennials, and vines that look great all year

- advice on attracting wildlife

- a guide to fall clean-up and winter maintenance

- decorative ideas for winter containers, wreaths, and ice projects.

Perhaps the best part about gardening for the longest season of the year is that all the work takes place in the summer, leaving gardeners to relax and do nothing but enjoy the fruits of their labors from the warmth of indoors during the cold and surprisingly beautiful prairie winter.

Filled with inspiring ideas, The Prairie Winterscape will change the way you approach the “forgotten” gardening season forever.


Author : Barbara Kam & Nora Bryan
ISBN : 1894856082
Publisher : Fifth House Ltd.
Sugg. Retail Price : $21.95
Available in Softcover
Number of Pages : 192

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