Hortus Miscellaneous

A Gardener's Hodgepodge of Information and Instruction

By Lorene Edwards Forkner; Linda Plato
Sasquatch Books, Paperback, 9781570614859, 250pp.

Publication Date: January 2007

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From the kinds of trees standing at Great Dixter to the 20 deadliest flowers to the best small garden animals according to the Indiana Department of Agriculture—gardening is a pursuit with no end of information to sift through. Where does botany start but with the naming and grouping of all flora? List making is in the gardener’s blood, and this volume of random facts, data, and wisdom, will excite the Latin-spouting garden geek as much as the arrival of the new Heronswood catalog. Some of the entries will be wholly practical, like the 15 ornamental plants that deer will not eat, and others will be decidedly impractical, such as the flower that adorns the grave of famed English gardener Gertrude Jekyll (bergenia).

About the Author
Lorene Edwards Forkner is the author of several gardening books, including "Hortus Miscellaneous" (2007), "Growing Your Own Vegetables", and "Canning and Preserving Your Own Harvest" (both 2009). Her writing has appeared in several national and regional publications including "Organic Gardening", "MaryJane's Farm", "Northwest Garden News", and "Edible Seattle". A popular speaker with a warm engaging manner, Lorene is always eager to weigh in on horticultural mysteries, offer direction for design conundrums, and teach DIY gardeners how to dig in and craft a personal landscape filled with an abundance of interest and delicious flavor. Lorene considers her approach to making gardens to be rooted in childhood outdoor play, supported by a degree in fine art and years of experience owning and operating Fremont Gardens, a small specialty retail nursery in Seattle, Washington. At home in West Seattle, Lorene tends a city garden abundantly filled with favorite plants, a small but productive vegetable garden, plenty of room for relaxation, and a tiny vintage travel trailer. She fully admits she is a garden geek most at bliss when covered in dirt. You can follow her adventures at PlantedAtHome.com.
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