New on the Shelf: Gardening for Acidic Soils by Todd Boland and Jamie Ellison
Boulder Books is proud to release our newest guide to gardening, Gardening for Acidic Soils: Working with nature to create a beautiful landscape. It is the book that every gardener needs to have in their arsenal of gardening tools. There are very few books on how to garden specifically with acidic soils. In fact, more tell would-be gardeners the opposite. This book will help them with this gardening puzzle.
Acidic soils are widespread throughout North America, especially in humid regions or regions with high precipitation such as Newfoundland and Labrador, the eastern seaboard and the Pacific Northwest.
Todd Boland and Jamie Ellison take a different approach; they believe in working with nature rather than trying to change it.
A wide variety of ornamental plants, both native and exotic, thrive in acidic soil conditions or require them to survive. This book helps you develop gardens that take advantage of acidic soil conditions, a feature that has too often been considered a detriment.
Gardening for Acidic Soils concentrates on building sustainable gardens that include a broad range of shrubs, woody plants, and perennials. These fascinating plants have a myriad of ornamental attributes with specific survival strategies for thriving in acidic soil conditions.
This book includes:
- The chemistry of acidic soil and plant adaptations.
- Hints and advice on specialized acidic gardens, including peat, bogs, and woodlands.
- Plant portraits—trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, and ferns—to help you create a beautiful landscape on acidic soil.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Launch of Gardening with Acidic Soils will be on Tuesday, July 19 at the MUN Botanical Garden, St. John’s, NL from 6:00-8:00 pm NL Time. Jamie Ellison be celebrating the launch at an event at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal, NS on Friday July 15 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Atl Time.
About the authors:
Todd Boland is the research horticulturalist at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Botanical Garden and the author of numerous books on gardening and plant identification. This is his ninth book.
Jamie Ellison is an instructor at the Nova Scotia Community College in Kentville, Nova Scotia. His specialties include plant identification, garden design, and horticultural presentations on unique plants and gardens.