Secrets of the Great Gardeners: How to Make Your Garden as Beautiful as Theirs

Anne Moyer Halpin, Author, H. Peter Loewer, With, H. Peter Loewer, Author
Anne Moyer Halpin, Author, H. Peter Loewer, With, H. Peter Loewer, Author Summit Books $19.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-69590-3
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Although catchy, the title of this book is somewhat misleading in a volume that basically takes a walking tour of New York City's exemplary Brooklyn Botanic Garden, offering cultural advice from the staff gardeners and surveying the types of plants grown there. Loewer ( American Gardens ; The Annual Garden ) and Halpin ( The Year-Round Flower Gardener ; The Window Box Book ) helpfully guide readers through the BBG's extensive theme gardens--rose, herb, wild, Japanese. But for the most part, the professionals' comments are rather standard, and the information shared is not unique--among the ``secrets'' revealed are the use of 5-10-5 fertilizer every spring and frequent weeding. An occasionally choppy style also means that the book should not be read in one sitting. However, Loewer and Halpin provide a broad, if shallow, overview of garden styles and horticulture; their plant lists are extensive. (Feb.)
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