55 Myths, Tips and Secrets: Bend's Essential Guide to Landscaping
55 Myths, Tips and Secrets is three separate small books that fit together perfectly: the 1st section gives the reader tools for making their landscaping choices clear; the 2nd section is a great resource for plant issues; even though its primary model is for the high desert, pruning, plant characteristics, and maintenance are universal. The 3rd section is a design workbook with resources. More
55 Myths, Tips and Secrets distills 60 years of experience from a life long landscaper and and a fine artist turned nursery expert, Sarah Whipple and Fred Swisher. It came from countless community talks and projects done. It includes direct answers to the questions and issues often asked about and the problems (big and small) that most need solving in landscaping projects.
It's a book written for readers who want the process described in a way that's easy to comprehend. With most landscape books the pictures are well done but the descriptions don't complete the big ideas of landscaping. Building landscapes is a complicated process, to be successful several elements need to work together. So it helps to hear the stories and ideas directly from two experts both from a life long landscaper and from a nursery plant expert. This book was written from experience, mainly in the high desert of Oregon. But the ideas have universal application and have been used many other places even with some obvious differences, like clay soil verses dusty volcanic type. Even where yearly rainfall is different, the big ideas remain constant. Besides, thinking of your landscape from another perspective can be a big help. With a few thousand of these books sold, the feedback is consistently good and people have found it a very useful tool.
The design section was developed from hundreds of consultations over almost 20 years. It is simple yet prompts the reader with the right questions to discover the appropriate design they need for their project. There are several interesting diagrams and lists for further insight into the practical process of building your landscape. Over a few decades of landscape construction it's become clear to me that most people will waste considerable money when building their landscapes. This can come from paying too much to a contractor. However usually it comes from doing the wrong things in the wrong ways - this book is designed to save you from this fate.
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