Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

2 New Books That Let Your Fingers Do the Gardening

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

2 New Books That Let Your Fingers Do the Gardening

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The "where" and "how" of gardens are themes running through two books to be offered this fall from The Monacelli Press.

"Gardens of the Garden State," by Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner, and "Gardens in Detail," by Emma Reuss, are both tributes to the passion of gardening, yet each transports readers down a different path.

"Gardens of the Garden State" (Oct. 14) will focus on the many public and private gardens planted in New Jersey's diverse topography -- which includes everything from mountains and rolling hills to flat basins and sandy beaches to the scrubby Pine Barrens.

Twenty-eight projects, including Greenwood Gardens and the New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands, as well as private landscapes designed by such well-known firms as Innocenti & Webel, Ferruccio Vitale and Fernando Caruncho, describe the range of styles, such as wildlife projects inhabited by frogs and butterflies or elegant formal garden layouts.

Lowry and Berner offer five reasons New Jersey is the Garden State:

* Temperate climate and pockets of excellent fertile soil, combined with varied geography.

* A tradition of agriculture -- farms, market gardens and plant nurseries.

* A heritage of garden making and plant collecting -- notably, the Tubbs brothers and Dr. Ben Blackburn at The Willowwood Arboretum in Morris County; Leonard Buck at the Leonard J. Buck Garden in Somerset County; and Clarence McKenzie Lewis at Skylands, in the early part of the 20th century. These are now public gardens with fine collections of plants.

* The hundreds of garden clubs in New Jersey today. Two clubs were part of the original 12 founders of the Garden Club of America (1913).

* New Jerseyans, perhaps because they saw the open land in their small state rapidly shrink and became early advocates for open space preservation.

Meanwhile, "Gardens in Detail" (Sept. 9) is a reference that brings 100 internationally known gardens to life though identifying and explaining essential garden elements. …

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