At a time when severe weather seems to be increasing, it's good to know gardeners have a resource to help them save prized garden plants and landscapes from destruction. Weather-Resilient Garden: A defensive approach to planning and landscaping, by Charles W.G. Smith (Storey Publishing, 2004; $19.95) provides emergency and long-term solutions for weather-related plant and garden damage.
Smith is a vocational agriculture teacher and former horticulturist with White Flower Farm. He begins his book with recommendations for creating a weather-resilient garden, including descriptions of the 100 top weather-resilient plants. Smith then describes gardens that have weather-related problems involving natural forces such as wind, snow, ice, drought, fire, hail, and flooding. He details ways to save plants when any of these major weather events hit.
For more on the Weather-Resilient Garden, go to: Story Publishing.
Article published on October 11, 2005.