Those who garden in Atlantic Canada or other maritime climes are often presented with unique challenges. Our mercurial weather offers sometimes long, cold winters, followed by wet springs which can lead into hot and humid summers, depending on your location. Wind is a constant, especially along our coastline, and even salt spray can wreak havoc on certain plants.
Jodi DeLong’s Plants for Atlantic Gardens offers East Coast gardeners a compendium of over one hundred sturdy trees, shrubs, and perennials that may thrive in our fickle Atlantic conditions.
Illustrated with Jodi’s own beautiful photos, the size and soft cover format of the book, together with the quality of the paper and binding, make it as much a pleasure to hold as it is to read. In an easy, engaging style of writing, Jodi shares her own experiences–both success and failures–with readers and goes so far as to include the natural histories of many of the plants she presents.
For someone like myself who is passionate and enthusiastic about gardening, but perhaps lacks the experience and knowledge to make appropriate plant selections, this book is a must-have reference.
Each plant description includes both the botanical and common name of the plant, its bloom period, growing requirements, growth-size range, best planting locations, soil requirements, known problems, and invaluable notes about things such as pests, colour, toxicity, etc., all presented in an attractive, easy to read format.
From Hellebores to Hostas…Lilacs to Lilies, I believe Plants for Atlantic Gardens’ greatest appeal–and what and sets it apart from any other how-to gardening book–is that the information is from a personal perspective, specific to our Atlantic region. Jodi’s notes throughout the text give the book the feel of a series of beautifully presented seminars. It offers not only information, but inspiration, for those who garden by the sea.
The official launch of Plants for Atlantic Gardens is tomorrow, February 26th, 2-4 pm at the Telegraph Tea Room in Melvern Square, just outside of Kingston, Nova Scotia. Fingers crossed that Mother Nature allows for a good turnout.
Congratulations, and thank you, Jodi!
(Jodi’s book is in stores now throughout the region, including independent local stores like The Box of Delights in Wolfville and on Amazon.ca. There will be a second launch in the city area on March 10 at the Woodlawn Public Library.)