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Urban Forestry: Planning and Managing Urban Greenspaces. By Robert W. Miller. Addresses how to carefully and successfully plan for and manage urban trees and vegetation. Provides information on the history and uses of urban forests and vegetation. Concepts are illustrated with numerous photos, tables, line drawings, graphs, and charts. Includes nine technical appendices for both students and professionals. More...

The Urban Tree Book: An Uncommon Field Guide for City and Town. By Arthur Plotnik. Introduces readers to the trees on their block, in neighborhood parks, and throughout the urban landscape. Unlike traditional tree guides with many woodland species, The Urban Tree Book explores nature in the city, describing some 200 tree types likely to be found on North America's streets, surrounding spaces, and suburban settings. This guide identifies trees and describes them through history, lore, anecdotes, current facts, and hundreds of characteristics. More than 175 illustrations depict leaf, flower, fruit, and bark. More...

Urban Forest Landscapes: Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Edited by Gordon A. Bradley. A critical look at the current state of knowledge in the field of urban forestry, and at how available information is applied in the urban setting. It includes contributions by 20 specialists whose articles outline the development of urban forestry, the environmental setting, the scenic value, and the sustainability of urban forest landscapes. More...

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Design for Human Ecosystems. By John Tillman Lyle. Explores methods of designing landscapes that function in the sustainable ways of natural ecosystems. Provides a framework for thinking about and understanding ecological design. More...

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. More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

Greening School Grounds. Edited by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn. An overview of the school grounds greening movement. This comprehensive guide offers curriculum tie-ins, activities, and plans for educators, parents, and students. More...

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild Places). By Steve Brill. Shows readers how to find and prepare more than five hundred different plants for nutrition and better health. More than 260 line drawings help readers identify the wide range of plants readily available underfoot and waiting to be harvested and used either as food or as a potential therapeutic. Both a field guide to nature's bounty and a source of intriguing information about the plants that surround us. More… | Steve Brill EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques. By David Wann. 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, Wann offers inspiration and invaluable practical advice for success. More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

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Easy Composting. By James Ball and Robert Kourik. This book tells you how to manage yard and kitchen waste and transform it into a rich, dark, humusy soil amendment. It describes the options available and the information needed. More...

Garden Construction. By T. Jeff Williams. A guide to projects that add beauty and space to yards. Ideas for decks, patios, walks and paths, stairs and steps, fences and gates, walls, shade structures, storage sheds, and more. More...

Growing Fruit in Your Backyard. By Lee Reich. Clearly written, with easy-to-follow instructions, Growing Fruit in Your Backyard provides the know-how to transform an ordinary backyard into a beautiful orchard. More...

Home Landscaping. By Ron Harris et al. This treasury presents more than 40 landscaping projects, provides information on planning and planting each, and shows how to showcase features such as flower beds, borders, and walls. More...

Landscaping With Wildflowers & Native Plants. By William H. Wilson. Learn how to design a natural landscape or just grow a few wildflowers by your front path. Learn where to find seeds, how to take cuttings from wild plants, and much more. More...

Waterwise Gardening. By Lauren Springer. Waterwise Gardening features detailed descriptions and advice on growing more than 100 waterwise trees, shrubs and vines as well as recommendations for more than 340 others. More...

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