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Landscape Horticulture: Books

Experience ranging from botany, operating machinery and basic surveying, irrigation, greenhouse production, golf course maintenance, marketing and landscape construction.

Book of the Month

October 2019: Water Features for Small Gardens

Call Number: SB 432 D39 2003

Celebrated designer Keith Davitt brings the delights of the water garden within reach of everyone in Water Features for Small Gardens. With a clear eye to design, construction, materials, and maintenance, Davitt offers alternatives for every style of garden and every budget. Detailed case studies depict actual gardens progressing from the planning stage to planting, and the author shows step by step how such features are created using only modest building skills. Types of water gardens discussed include: natural, formal, and informal pools; raised and in-ground formal fountains; wall fountains; streams and waterfalls; and bog and tub gardens. Heavily illustrated and packed with practical information, Water Features for Small Gardens is a must for any gardener seeking to bring his or her garden to the next level.

September 2019: Holistic Management : a Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment

Call Number: eBook

Fossil fuels and livestock grazing are often targeted as major culprits behind climate change and desertification. But Allan Savory, cofounder of the Savory Institute, begs to differ. The bigger problem, he warns, is our mismanagement of resources. Livestock grazing is not the problem; it's how we graze livestock. If we don't change the way we approach land management, irreparable harm from climate change could continue long after we replace fossil fuels with environmentally benign energy sources. Holistic management is a systems-thinking approach for managing resources developed by Savory decades ago after observing the devastation of desertification in his native Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Properly managed livestock are key to restoring the world's grassland soils, the major sink for atmospheric carbon, and minimizing the most damaging impacts on humans and the natural world. This book updates Savory's paradigm-changing vision for reversing desertification, stemming the loss of biodiversity, eliminating fundamental causes of human impoverishment throughout the world, and climate change. Reorganized chapters make it easier for readers to understand the framework for Holistic Management and the four key insights that underlie it. New color photographs showcase before-and-after examples of land restored by livestock. This long-anticipated new edition is written for new generations of ranchers, farmers, eco- and social entrepreneurs, and development professionals working to address global environmental and social degradation. It offers new hope that a sustainable future for humankind and the world we depend on is within reach.

August 2019: Native Plants in the Coastal Garden

Call Number: SB 439.24 N673 2003

This new edition of a regional classic has been completely revised, updated, and expanded to include many more facets of the joys and challenges of gardening in the maritime Pacific Northwest. Included are new plant discoveries and information on container gardening, design trends, community education and stewardship, and shoreline habitats. The authors offer comprehensive details for using native plants to transform any garden into a low-maintenance, water-wise paradise that utilizes the beauty of native plants and creates habitats for wildlife.

July 2019: Soil Contamination

Call Number: eBook

In this compilation, the authors present the results of the systematic study of the spatial distribution of trace metals in surface soil over the Bitola Region, Republic of Macedonia, known for its coal mine and thermoelectrical power plant activities. 149 soil samples were collected including top-soil and bottom-soil samples. Following this, the area in the vicinity of lead-zinc mine "Toranica" near the Kriva Palanka town in Eastern Macedonia was examined for the lithogenic and anthropogenic distribution of 17 elements, and alluvial soil samples and authomorphic soil samples were collected from the Kriva Reka River Basin. The authors aim to contribute to our understanding of the behaviour of nanoparticles in the soil, their uptake and distribution within plants, impact of soil microbial communities, and their interactions with other pollutants. Later, an analysis of developed and applied measures and methods for rehabilitation of radioactively contaminated soils of Belarus (as a result of Chernobyl accident) is presented. The authors also go on to summarize a case study on the presence of natural U-isotopes in two soil profiles developed over sandstones from the Paraná sedimentary basin in São Paulo State, Brazil, in order to evaluate the timescale of the weathering processes taking place there. The book suggests synergistic biological mechanisms as a less expensive, environment-friendly method for remediation of pesticide polluted soils. The concluding chapter discusses biochar, a form of char and charcoal made from the partial combustion of organic materials. Its properties include high water-holding capacity, large surface area, cation exchange capacity, and impact, especially on microbial communities. (Nova)

June 2019: Back to Eden

Call Number: SB 439.24 E3 P67 2013

Now is the time to save our natural plant heritage-before it's too late. In Back to Eden, Frank Porter rediscovers the plants that once covered our landscapes and teaches us the secrets of how to propagate and grow these botanical treasures. This book is for beginners, as well as the experienced. Here you'll: Learn how to establish a native plant garden. Read about the silent garden invaders. Discover how to make a rain garden. Grow your garden without fertilizer. Understand the important of using native grasses and plants. The information in this book applies to states extending from Maine to Florida and east of the Mississippi River. Many species are common throughout this vast area. Others are restricted to particular geographic regions. You will discover new plants to incorporate into your garden. Book jacket.

May 2019: Charles Darwin's on the Origin of Species

Call Number: GRAPHIC QH 367 K45 2009

A stunning graphic adaptation of one of the most famous, contested, and important books of all time. Few books have been as controversial or as historically significant as Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. Since the moment it was released on November 24, 1859, Darwin's masterwork has been her...

April 2019: Professional Landscape Management

Call number: SB 472.5 H46 2010 - BOOK ON RESERVE AT FRONT DESK

Introduction to landscape management -- Sec. 1. Managing the business -- Marketing landscape management -- Specifications and contracts -- Estimating landscape management services -- Personnel management -- Equipment selection and acquisition -- Sec. 2. Managing the landscape -- Landscape design and grounds management -- Pruning landscape plants -- Water management -- Fertilizing the landscape -- Color in the landscape -- Turfgrass management -- Pest management -- Leaf and debris removal -- Snow removal -- The sustainable landscape.

Browse the shelves

Call numbers help you find the areas of the library shelves relevant to land agent topics.

SB 317.5 - 319.95 Horticulture 
SB 320-353.5 Vegetables 
SB 354 - 402 Fruit
SB 403-450.89 Flowers
SB 435 Arboriculture
SB 450.9 - 468 Gardens and gardening 
SB 470-472 Landscaping

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