Designing Gardens in Alaska and the Far North
How do you harness the wild beauty of Alaska for your own landscape? How do you create a successful garden in the harsh climate of the Far North? There’s a Moose in My Garden is the first book to tackle these questions and more with practical, experiential advice from international-award-winning gardener Brenda Adams. This book also reveals for the first time the secrets of designing and creating gardens that are both gorgeous and low maintenance, secrets that capitalize on the unique qualities and overcome the numerous challenges of Alaska and the Far North.
With over twenty years of Alaska gardening experience and 200 gardens to her credit, Brenda Adams explains how to conceptualize a garden in order to take the mystery out of good design, how to use all of the qualities of each plant to make spectacular combinations, and how to weave the many garden elements into an inviting landscape. Her book leads you through the entire process, culminating with your being able to revel in your own lovely landscape. Uniquely, it covers such topics as how to capitalize on low-angled sun, soft light, and expansive vistas, and how to benefit from a consistently cool climate. It is stunningly illustrated with 200 color photographs.
The engaging writing style, amusing anecdotes, and insights into gardening in America’s last frontier will encourage all gardeners – novice to expert, cold climate to tropical – to read this book cover to cover while absorbing a raft of useful information.
Buy your copy as well as gifts for friends, each with a personalized inscription and signed by Brenda.
“There’s a Moose in My Garden is the best book I have seen on planning and designing gardens. The stunning photos and expert advice will soon have you planning your own little piece of heaven.”Verna E. Pratt, author of Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers and Wildflowers Along the Alaskan Highway
“Engaging, informative and beautifully written. Brenda’s extensive knowledge and her sense of humor add richness to this delightful book. A must have!"Erica Glasener, author and host of HGTV's A Gardener's Diary
“How can you not love this book? Brenda’s photos are fabulous, her knowledge of design is elegant, and her plant selection for the Alaska gardener is first-rate. It is destined to be the Bible of Alaska gardening. I am hooked!”Alan Armitage, author of Armitage's Garden Perennials
“Experienced and novice residents alike will find There’s a Moose in My Garden a must-read, while visitors curious about the vagaries of northern gardening are sure to find the book irresistible as well.”C. Colston Burrell, author of Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants and Perennial Combinations
“I’ve read a lot of gardening books over the years, but this one was hard to put down – funny, entertaining, and filled with information about garden design, and not just for Alaska. A great read!”Rita Jo Shoultz, founder Fritz Creek Garden and Alaska Perfect Peony
“Bravo to Brenda for writing the first book that focuses on garden design for Alaska and Far North gardeners. It is sure to become a much-loved companion to those who thirst for color and beauty at the end of their seemingly endless winters!”Tracy DiSabato-Aust, author of The Well-Designed Mixed Garden, and The Well-Tended Perennial Garden
“A designer of exquisite gardens rarely shares her secrets for success, but in this book Brenda Adams shares those secrets, from initial idea to finishing touches.”Julie Riley, horticulturist, University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service
“Anyone gardening in cold climates will miss a new classic by not reading There’s a Moose in My Garden. I think it speaks to all gardeners in difficult places who soldier on with dedication and humor. I enjoyed it immensely.”Stephanie Cohen, award-winning writer and lecturer, a.k.a. “The Perennial Diva’
“In There’s a Moose in My Garden, Brenda Adams provides a clear, step-by-step guide to creating a garden in Alaska and the Far North. Readers who follow Brenda’s sage advice will be rewarded with an opportunity to create the garden of their dreams."Steven Still, executive director, Perennial Plant Association
“The first time I opened this book, I started reading before I took my coat off and didn’t sit down until my freezing feet compelled me to start a fire. Brenda’s conversational writing style drew me in, the pictures are vivid and wonderful, and the stories made me laugh out loud. I’m a fan!"Dr. Patricia Holloway, director, Georgeson Botanical Garden, and professor of horticulture, University of Alaska Fairbanks
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