Understanding when and how to prune is an important part of creating a flourishing garden, whether you are shaping flowering shrubs, grooming a formal hedge, limbing up a tree, taming exuberant vines, or bringing a long-neglected rose back to life. BBG's easy-to-follow guide, Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines, takes the mystery out of snipping, sawing, and slicing as it introduces readers to the fundamentals of plant growth and explains the essential techniques for all major pruning tasks. The book helps beginning and experienced gardeners make informed pruning decisions to keep plants looking their natural best. Topics covered include:
Why pruning is necessary and when it should be done An illustrated introduction to essential pruning techniques Plant-by-plant tips on pruning the most popular woody garden plants, including shrubs, deciduous trees, conifers, clematis and other vines, and roses Special techniques like pleaching, pollarding, and hedge pruning as well as topiaries and espaliers The tools you need and how to use them Karan Davis Cutler, author of Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines, has edited five previous BBG handbooks: Essential Tools, Salad Gardens, Tantalizing Tomatoes, Flowering Vines, and Starting from Seed. Cutler gardens on 15 acres in northern Vermont and is a frequent contributor to national garden magazines. Her most recent book is The New England Gardener's Book of Lists (2000).
Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guides
In spring 2003, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's handbooks have an elegant new look and a brand-new name: Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guides. Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines, is the third title in the new series. Each volume is designed to be user-friendly with expert growing information, practical advice, mail-order sources, and stunning photographs for all regions of the country. A trusted source for gardeners' needs since 1945, BBG's gardening handbooks are the only ones of their kind produced by a botanic garden.
The series of handbooks is written and edited by the very pioneers who are revolutionizing American gardens. design. The books are lushly illustrated, easy to read, and offer inspiration and tips for those who enjoy studying gardening or just being in nature. Winners of the Garden Writers Association of America's "2000 Quill and Trowel Award" and the International Herb Association's 2002 and 2000 "Herbal Horticulture Award," the handbooks are full of practical ideas on how to make gardens both ecologically sensible and beautiful.
"[A] brilliant collection of little gardening handbooks published quarterly by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden... there is, as usual, the mix of common sense, practical advice and, on occasion, pointed debunking that make these slender volumes do the work of books twice their size and three times their price." - The New York Times
"For expert advice in all realms of horticulture, gardeners have come to depend upon the handbooks produced by Brooklyn Botanic Garden." - Booklist