Published by
Timber Press
Categories
Number of pages
264
Publication date
April 26, 2018
ISBN
9781604697599

A Tapestry Garden

The Art of Weaving Plants and Place

By Doreen Wynja, Marietta O'Byrne, Ernie O'Byrne

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Description

“This is a love story about a couple and their relationship with an acre-and-a-half of land. . . with exceptional plant descriptions that read like character references for old friends. . . . beautiful photographs and prose await.” —Library Journal

Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne’s garden—situated on one and a half acres in Eugene, Oregon—is filled with an incredible array of plants from around the world. By consciously leveraging the garden’s many microclimates, they have created a stunning patchwork of exuberant plants that is widely considered one of America’s most outstanding private gardens. In A Tapestry Garden, the O’Byrne’s share their deep knowledge of plants and essential garden advice. Readers will discover the humble roots of the garden, explore the numerous habitats and the plants that make them shine, and find inspiration in photography that captures the garden’s astonishing beauty. There is something here for every type of gardener: a shade garden, perennial borders, a chaparral garden, a kitchen garden, and more. Profiles of the O’Byrne’s favorite plants—including hellebores, trilliums, arisaemas, and alpine plants—include comprehensive growing information and tips on pruning and care. A Tapestry Garden captures the spirit of a very special place.

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Review quotes

“Funny, heart-warming, inspiring, learned. The O’Byrnes write with charm about the adventure they have had developing their extraordinary garden. A treasure of a book.” —Page Dickey, author of Outstanding American Gardens and Embroidered Ground

A Tapestry Garden is a visual feast of luscious combinations, extraordinary plants, and the dedication of two passionate gardeners.” —Richie Steffen, curator of Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden

“Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne set the standard of good plantsmanship, skillful placement, and impeccable maintenance. If there were royalty in American horticulture, this couple would share the throne.” —Daniel J. Hinkley, author, plant collector, and lecturer

“This is a love story about a couple and their relationship with an acre-and-a-half of land. . . with exceptional plant descriptions that read like character references for old friends. . . . beautiful photographs and prose await.” —Library Journal

“Home-garden enthusiasts looking for ideas will enjoy reading about the motivations and philosophies behind the gradual creation of these spaces and will appreciate the lessons learned and the plant-care advice.” —Booklist

“The book is illustrated with full-page landscape photos as well as detail shots, and the photography pairs well with the authors’ ruminative prose, which describes the garden and the thinking that governed its evolution. . . . every green thumb can find inspiration in this stunning and imaginatively cultivated garden.” —Publishers Weekly starred review

“This is the fascinating story of a tireless and simpatico couple, a pair of gardeners who have spent more than 40 years assembling a mind-boggling collection of plants and installing them in unexpected, sometimes truly revolutionary, combinations. . . . Throughout the book we are offered useful tidbits and advice. . . [and] informative sections on specific plants such as Arisaemas; trilliums; bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes; and hellebores. . . . remarkably cheery and philosophical.” —Gardenista 

“Beautiful photography. . . . full of plants from around the world.” —Garden Design

“A love letter and practical plant guide.” —The Oregonian

“An exquisite book. . . . While A Tapestry Garden provides a fascinating story of the lives of Marietta and Ernie, it also is a wealth of information for anyone seeking to create a particular type of garden, as it is loaded with tips, strategies and techniques.” —The Reading Eagle

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