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Title:
Mastering the art of flower gardening : a gardener's guide to growing flowers, from today's favorites to unusual varieties
ISBN:
9780760366271
Physical Description:
240 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Spring blooms -- Summer blooms -- Autumn blooms -- Winter blooms.
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Summary:
Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening is a lushly illustrated book with highly practical, firsthand tips on how to grow truly interesting and unusual flowers. --
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A lushly illustrated book with highly practical, firsthand tips on how to grow truly interesting and unusual flowers.


Author Notes

Matt Mattus is an American visual designer, artist, horticulturist, and futurist. He is also a third generation gardener of his family property in Massachusetts and the author of Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening . Matt's popular gardening blog, Growing with Plants, has garnered recognition in leading lifestyle magazines and is frequently voted a top five gardening blog. It has won many national awards and nominations and has earned a loyal following of fans. He has served for three years as a trustee of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston, MA), is Vice President of the 175-year-old Worcester County Horticultural Society, sits on the board of theTower Hill Botanic Garden as a trustee, and is also President of the prestigious North American Rock Garden Society. Matt is very active in many plant societies and is a popular speaker at botanic gardens, specialist plant societies, and at horticultural conferences. For 28 years, Mattus was employed by Hasbro, Inc. in creative roles ranging from Creative Director to Visual Futurist in their top-secret Innovation and Invention Lab. Currently, Matt lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.


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Library Journal Review

Horticulturalist and plant collector Mattus (Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening) brings a fresh approach to cultivating nearly 100 flowers. Many old favorites, such as iris and zinnias, are featured, plus less common or challenging blooms, including primroses and sweet peas. Colorful photos display each flower and the gardening techniques under discussion. Mattus promotes a twofold movement that returns to the craft of reproducing and growing flowers by using older methods, and that reintroduces heirloom varieties into the mainstream. The first section details how to sow seeds, and outlines his preferred techniques to establish young plants and bulbs. The annuals, perennials, and biennial blooms under discussion are organized by seasons. A list of resources identifies nurseries that supply many of the showcased blooms, including the more unusual varieties. Explanations of propagation and correct growth management practices are clear. Mattus imparts an encouraging and enthusiastic approach to the text. VERDICT This work would be useful to a wide range of gardeners, from beginners to experienced, and interest historically minded growers.--Deborah A. Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody