The 2009 Prairie Garden: Deciduous Shrubs
Dr. Philip Ronald of Jeffries Nurseries in Portage la Prairie MB is the Guest Editor for the 2009 edition of the Prairie Garden. Philip was raised on the Canadian Prairies and educated in horticulture and plant breeding at the Universities of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Philip completed his Ph.D. in 2000.

Philip believes that many gardeners draw fresh inspiration for gardening from the annual edition of The Prairie Garden, now a time honoured tradition for prairie gardeners.

The non profit editorial committee embraced the theme of shrubs for the 2009 annual to celebrate the 70th Anniversary Edition of The Prairie Garden.

The topic was narrowed to focus on Deciduous Shrubs with their diverse, four season attractiveness. For readers’ inspiration an expanded 32 page colour section marks this special anniversary edition with many photographs of these exciting ornamentals.

The deciduous shrub is a standard item in nearly every residential and commercial landscape, but is far from mundane. Two hundred cold-hardy shrub cultivars and species are commonly available in prairie nurseries to provide unending variety and selection. Tremendous diversity of colour, texture, size and shape can inspire the newest or most experienced green thumb.

The front cover features Diabolo Ninebark in bloom. Diabolo was first released in 1999 and represents a large and exciting group of purple leafed ninebarks, now very popular in prairie gardens, each variety with slightly different attributes, but all with vigour and outstanding foliage colour.

Contributing prairie authors reveal the world of deciduous shrubs to you, the reader, with articles on Azalea, Barberry, Dogwood, Hydrangea, Lilac, Maple, Potentilla, Spirea and Sumac, many of the most popular shrub species. Tips for maintaining healthy shrubs are mingled with stories from plant breeders who discuss their efforts in developing new shrub cultivars. You will also find short lists of favourite shrubs submitted by a panel of experts from across the Northern Plains.

General article topics range from attracting birds and butterflies to home landscape, to a refresher on tree disorders. An in-depth look at Bronze Leaf Disease which has recently spread in Poplars across southern Manitoba will offer timely information to those with the problem. The entomologists in our readership will be pleased to find articles that examine the health of prairie bee hives and the secret life of ticks.

The 2009 Prairie Garden – Deciduous Shrubs will entertain and enlighten prairie gardeners and homeowners alike. The publication is available in time for Christmas at all better Garden Centres and Nurseries, The Friends Gift Shop, McNally Robinson, and U of M Bookstore. You can also order directly from The Prairie Garden or be placed on our standing order list. Send your request along with a cheque or money order for $14.95 ($12.00 plus $2.95 shipping and handling) to: The Prairie Garden, P.O. Box 517, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2J3. Orders may also be placed by telephone: (204) 489-3466, fax: (204) 489-1644, or by email: For more information, visit our website: or contact the editor, Richard Denesiuk:

Author : Guest Editor Dr. Philip Ronald
Publisher : Prairie Garden Committee
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