Volume 4, Issue 5
Endangered species display beginning May 9
May 19 is Endangered Species Day. To complement UW Botanic Gardens' Education programs on this topic, we'll be featuring the library's best resources on endangered species. Our collection includes books and DVDs on the control of invasive plants and habitat restoration, including work with rare and endangered plants. As those in the field know, working now to preserve and restore native plants and wild lands creates the conditions necessary for endangered plant and animal conservation to continue in the future.
Student project posters will also be on display this month. All students in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at
the University of Washington 14 x 14-inch
mini-poster to display at the Miller Library. The deadline for submissions has been extended to this Friday, May 5. To participate, send your 14 x 14 poster in .pdf format to email@example.com. Send us the electronic version, and we'll cover the printing and mounting costs.
The Miller Library Top Twenty
an annual feature by Laura Blumhagen
What library resources do Miller Library borrowers use the
most? Since October 2012, four out of the top 5 most-borrowed items were from
our Pacific Norhwest Connections Collection. Borrowers consistently look for information on
practical projects such as pruning, restoration, and propagation, and they pursue
more esoteric tasks such as rain garden design and learning to recognize
landscape plants. Books on our region’s wildlife, native plants, and
well-suited ornamental plants, especially those by local authors, continue to
be very popular. Our Children’s Collection attracts parents, teachers, and our
youngest borrowers with picture books that capture the imagination.
- Plants of the Pacific Northwest coast
- Encyclopedia of Northwest native plants for
gardens and landscapes
- The flora of Seattle in 1850
- Planting the dry shade garden
- Trees of Seattle
- The princess and the peas
- Rain gardens
- Native plants in the coastal garden
- Cass Turnbull’s guide to pruning
- Restoring the Pacific Northwest
- Encyclopedia of garden ferns
- Second nature
- Penguin and Pinecone
- Winter gardening in the maritime Northwest: cool-season crops for the year-round gardener
- Plant propagation
- Landscaping for wildlife in the Pacific
- Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest
- The botanical garden
- Beauty by design
- Designing with conifers
Science and Management of Green Landcapes
reviewed by Brian Thompson
The subject of Environmental Horticulture, a new book
in the Miller Library by Ross Cameron and James Hitchmough, is best described
by the book’s subtitle: “Science and Management of Green Landscapes.” The intended audience is broad, but I would
recommend it for professionals managing large landscapes used for almost any
purpose, and for students researching landscape management principles.
This book covers many topics, beginning with the value of green
spaces for human well-being and biodiversity.
Many types of plantings are considered, ranging from trees and shrubs to
bedding plants, and including formal settings and semi-natural grasslands. Even plantings as diverse as lawns or sports
turf and green roofs or rain gardens are studied with the same depth of
research as other types.
The authors define Environmental Horticulture as “…the
subset of horticulture that is concerned with the use and management of plants
in public and semi-public environments.” They discuss how this term is nearly the equivalent of “urban
horticulture” or “landscape horticulture” with the difference uses reflecting
national preferences. “Urban
horticulture,” for example, hasn’t caught on as a descriptor in Great Britain.
The authors are on the faculty of the Department of
Landscape at the University of Sheffield in England. Although some of the terminology is
distinctly British, much of the discussion is based on North American research. One of the most valuable assets of this book
are the references, which include many American sources.
The purchase of this book was made possible by a grant from
the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association.
New to the Library