There are a number of reasons why ornamental grasses are the hottest new trend in gardening. They require very little maintenance, they are hardy and resistant to disease, and they flourish in a range of soil, climate and moisture conditions.
Aesthetically, ornamental grasses are unmatched for their unique character. They create movement, colour, and variety in all kinds of gardens. They vary not just from plant to plant, but from stem to foliage, flower to seed, and season to season. This new book from grass expert Martin Quinn and writer Catherine Macleod describes and photographs over 100 species that have been proven to thrive in a wide range of conditions.
To bring out the beauty of grasses to their best advantage, the authors also provide detailed information on designing your garden. Armed with the knowledge they provide, you can transform your garden into an oasis of colour and calm.
Martin Quinn and Catherine Macleod own and operate a nursery specializing in ornamental grasses and perennials in Kincardine, Ontario.
Martin grew up working in his parent’s greenhouse and graduated from a course in horticulture at Ottawa’s Algonquin College in 1970. He first became interested in ornamental grasses on a trip to Germany, England and Holland, where he discovered how Europe’s horticulturists worked with hardy ornamental grasses. Realizing the growing conditions were similar to those in Canada, he began experimenting and testing grasses. He now grows over 120 varieties and has introduced several new cultivars. Known locally as “the Grass Man”, Martin is an enthusiastic teacher and lecturer.
Born in Scotland, Catherine is a writer, artist, and producer. She has published poetry, essays, articles and several books. Her most recent books are The Telling Time, a collection of poetry, and Waking Up in the Men’s Room: A Memoir. She has worked with a number of organizations as a communications specialist, including the National Film Board and the Ontario Federation of Labour, from whom she received the 1997 Culture & the Arts Award. She is a former board member of the Ontario Arts Council.
They married in 1991 and moved to Kincardine in 1997. Martin and Catherine’s career paths finally began to converge and they started their collaboration on writing Grass Scapes. Martin had accumulated photographs and information on grasses for many years before he and Catherine began their book. Martin continues to breed new plants and volunteers with Communities in Bloom Ontario and local horticultural societies. Catherine volunteers in the arts, music, heritage conservation and tourism.