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The New American Landscape

Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening

Thomas Christopher


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Gardeners are the front line of defense in our struggle to tackle the problems of global warming, loss of habitat, water shortages, and shrinking biodiversity. In The New American Landscape, author and editor Thomas Christopher brings together the best thinkers on the topic of gardening sustainably, and asks them to describe the future of the sustainable landscape. The discussion unfolds from there, and what results is a collective vision as eloquent as it is diverse.

The New American Landscape offers designers a roadmap to a beautiful garden that improves, not degrades the environment. It’s a provocative manifesto about the important role gardens play in creating a more sustainable future that no professional garden designer can afford to miss.
  • John Greenlee and Neil Diboll on the new American meadow garden
  • Rick Darke on balancing natives and exotics in the garden
  • Doug Tallamy on landscapes that welcome wildlife
  • Eric Toensmeier on the sustainable edible garden
  • David Wolfe on gardening sustainable with a changing climate
  • Elaine Ingham on managing soil health
  • David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth on sustainable pest solutions
  • Ed Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre on green roofs in the sustainable residential landscape
  • Thomas Christopher on waterwise gardens
  • Toby Hemenway on whole system garden design
  • The Sustainable Site Initiative on the managing the home landscape as a sustainable site


Praise For The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening

“For anyone, from newbies to experts. . . . There’s much to learn in The New American Landscape.” —Kirkus Review

“A good choice for gardeners with a wide range of experience—new growers and veterans alike will be able to learn something.” —Library Journal

“It may sound strange, but after reading this book, this reviewer felt that it seemed overdue. . . . An interesting blend of academics, prominent landscape horticulturalists, nursery workers, and designers. . . . lead readers through a diverse discussion of how sustainability can enter and improve gardens. Recommended.” —Choice

“A radical revamp of how we approach yard care.” —Chicago Tribune

“Practical, clearly organized, and well-illustrated, this will be a great resource for gardeners of all levels of expertise.” —Reference and Research Book News

“Both passionate gardeners and those interested in the environment will find [this book] an invaluable resource for better understanding today’s hottest topics in sustainable landscape practices.” —Pacific Horticulture

“Some of the most balanced and thorough writing about sustainability issues in the landscape that I’ve seen.” —

“This how-to guide clearly demonstrates how gardeners’ sustainable practices can positively shape our shared environment.” —The Dirt

“It’s an impressive range of talent, and the subjects they write about affect gardeners everywhere.” —Kate Campbell’s Word Garden

Timber Press, 9781604691863, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 20, 2011

About the Author

Thomas Christopher is the author of more than a dozen gardening books. He has written for The New York Times, The Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, and Horticulture Magazine, as well as serving as a columnist for House & Garden and a contributing editor at Martha Stewart Living.