A practical, accessible, and lushly photographed guide to making your garden a place of beauty and inspiration during the winter months as well as throughout the year. Why put all of our gardening effort into planting only for the magnificent but short months of summer?
The dramatic stillness of the garden in winter provides its own opportunities to deepen our connection with nature. In Winterland, accomplished landscape designer Cathy Rees guides readers through the basics of creating rich and compelling all-season environments-exploring shape, scale, texture, layering, contrast, plant choices, lighting, garden structures and sculptures, and more. Design strategies are reinforced by practical advice on garden care, pruning, maintenance, and coexisting with animals and birds. Winterland gives beginning and experienced gardeners alike the tools to develop outdoor havens that will evolve over seasons and years to become true garden sanctuaries.
"If you have any garden at all, you will want to get this book. And if you have a view of a neighbor's garden, you need to give them this book. (After you read it first)." - The Washington Gardener,
"In Winterland, Maine gardener Cathy Rees argues that if your garden shines in the snowy season, imagine how great it will look in spring, summer and fall. - Maine Sunday Telegram,
"Here is an entire book devoted to designing a garden that will be pleasing to enjoy in winter despite the limitations....Rees, a gardener and horticulturist in Maine (where winter can last seven months), uses the expertise she's accumulated to highlight the seemingly small choices that can have a big impact during the fallow months between growing seasons. Where most gardening books that refer to winter focus on those warmer climates, this is a rare treat that concentrates on enjoying the garden even at a time when it must be done from indoors." - ALA Booklist,
"Maine landscape designer Cathy Rees shares inspirational photographs and sound approaches for developing an attractive, functional, year-round garden....Winterland proposes a new way of thinking for gardeners in all climates, designed around the seasons. It shows that the enjoyment of natural spaces can continue even in dormant times." - Foreword Reviews,
About the Author
Cathy Rees has been gardening and consulting on the native landscapes of coastal Maine for more than twenty-five years. Passionate about getting people outside and connected to nature, she is a cofounder of Native Gardens of Blue Hill, where she combines her loves for design and ecology. Lisa Looke is a nature photographer who also manages the image library for the Wild Seed Project in Portland, Maine.