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Books on all aspects of the living urban environment… public parks, urban public gardens and arboreta, public building landscaping, urban forests, roadway and highway landscaping, landscaping of utility and rail easements, urban trails and pathways, urban riparian corridors, private residential, commercial and industrial landscaping, private open space, landscape architecture, xeriscape and water conserving landscaping, landscaping with native plants, low or no chemical landscaping, and integrated pest management.

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The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms. By Amy Stewart. In a witty, offbeat style, Amy Stewart takes us on a subterranean adventure and introduces us to our planet's most important gatekeeper: the humble earthworm. It's true that the earthworm is small, spineless, and blind, but its effect on the ecosystem is profound. With Darwin as her inspiration, Stewart investigates the earthworm's astonishing realm, talks to oligochaetologists who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex web of life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. As Kindle | More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers. By Amy Stewart. Takes us inside the world of hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists around the world who have worked to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature could provide. What has been gained and what has been lost in tinkering with Mother Nature? Should we care that some roses have lost their scent? Or that most flowers are sprayed with pesticides? As Kindle | More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers

From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden. By Amy Stewart. A chronicle of the seedlings and weeds, cats and compost, worms and watering that transform a tiny plot of earth into a glorious garden. From planting the seeds her great-grandmother sends to battling snails, gophers, and aphids, Stewart takes us on a tour of her coastal garden and shares the lessons she's learned the hard way. From the Ground Up tells the story of a young woman’s determination to create a garden in which the plants struggle to live up to the gardener’s vision. As Kindle | More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

       From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities. By Amy Stewart. Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. An A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and offend. Learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother). Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten. As Kindle | More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

The World Is In My Garden: A Journey Of Consciousness. By Chris Maser. Based on the simple premise that a private garden is a metaphor for everything, including the ecological, social, personal, and spiritual realms. Chris and Zane Maser develop the metaphor in a rich way. Chris is an environmental scientist and activist who has worked around the world to protect and preserve the world’s ecosystems. The Masers show us how to connect a simple personal act (the home garden) to larger issues. Written with passion, warmth, and deep understanding, it is a book that teaches us how to live a more balanced life. As Kindle | More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The World Is In My Garden: A Journey Of Consciousness

The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques. By David Wann. Drawing from his own considerable gardening experience, as well from people he calls "The Zen Masters of the Western Garden," Wann offers a mix of stories, how-to advice, and simple, doable projects ideal for gardeners in the high and arid landscapes of the West. For gardeners of the high plains and mountains who are "meteorologically and topographically challenged," who routinely grapple with wild weather swings, high elevations, and scarcity of water, he offers inspiration and invaluable tips for success. As Kindle | More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques

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Biologic: Designing With Nature to Protect the Environment. By David Wann. Explains why we must all consider the environmental consequences of our individual and community actions in everything from the simple tasks of our daily lives to the construction techniques of major developments. In addition to thinking logically, we must learn to think biologically. More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

The House at Shelburne Farms: The Story of One of America's Great Country Estates. By Joe Sherman. This account of the house now adapted to an inn tells of a rare triple treat: architecture of the era of boundless dreams—the so-called Gilded Age; landscape from the visionary mind of America's father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted; and a vicarious sense of lifestyle as manifested by a distinctive, wealthy American family, the W. Seward Webbs. More… | Joe Sherman EcoSpeakers Info >>

Superbia: 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods. By David Wann and Dan Chiras. Practical ideas for creating more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods. This book is about remaking suburban and urban neighborhoods to serve people better and to reduce human impact on the environment. It shows how suburbs fail to meet many peoples' needs, then describes how existing neighborhoods can be transformed, offering cohousing and new urbanist communities as examples. More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >> | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

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