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Book Review: Taylor's Master Guide to Landscaping

Taylor's Master Guide to Landscaping: Everything A Homeowner Needs To Know About Designing, Maintaining, and Renovating a Home Landscape,
edited by Rita Buchanan;
Houghton Mifflin;
hardcover; 354 pages;
list price $60.00

Most gardeners own at least one well-thumbed Taylor's plant guide, and will appreciate the broad and useful survey of garden-making techniques in Taylor's Master Guide to Landscaping. Realizing how much diverse information is needed in landscaping projects, Rita Buchanan has provided a comprehensive guide to assessment, design and construction procedures, along with much consideration of plant material. An impressive amount of information is delivered in plain language and supported with instructional photography, and the emphasis is on thorough planning. Several plant lists are provided for special situations, such as shrubs for narrow spots and plants to trail over the edges of paths and patios, along with features on propagating groundcovers and mounding techniques for planting under trees. The book is well-written'I found a long essay on aggregate path paving made compulsive reading. This is one landscaping book you can't do without.
--Judith Adam

 

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