Going Native (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide)

Going Native (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide)

Going Native (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide)

Author(s): Janet Marinelli (Editor)

Publisher: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Paperback: 112 pages

ISBN: 0945352859

ISBN-13: 978-0945352853

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Going Native : Biodiversity in Our Own Backyards Paperback 112 pages August 1995

The Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front Lawn

The Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front Lawn

The Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front LawnAuthor(s): Stevie Daniels

Publisher: MacMillan General Reference

Hardcover: 240 pages

ISBN: 0025294458

ISBN-13: 978-0025294455

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Native grasses, wildflowers, ground covers, and moss are Daniels’ answer to monotonous single-species turfgrass lawns. Her book is a primer for gardeners who want to reduce or stop using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserve water, or turn their yards into a collection of plants that attracts birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

There are detailed instructions on choosing a wild lawn and on installing and maintaining the lawn, and even a chapter on landscaping ordinances. Daniels divides the wild lawns into chapters on prairies and native grasses, meadows, moss lawns, woodlands, ground covers, and front-yard gardens. The result is little need for polluting fertilizers and demanding watering regimens–and you won’t have to mow ever again. This comprehensive book includes 16 color photographs. George Cohen

Book Description
The Wild Lawn Handbook is the definitive guide to transforming the traditional grass lawn into a beautiful alternative lawn using native grasses, ferns, mosses, wildflowers, low-growing shrubs, and perennials. In the last few years, there has been a media outcry to raise the publics awareness of the toxicity and water-wasting nature of the American lawn, making wild lawns one of todays hottest gardening topics. This is the first comprehensive book to show you the way step-by-step. If you are unsure of the consequences…youll be convinced when you see the beautiful alternatives in a portfolio of color photography in the center of the book and the fat lists of sources and support material in the back.


The Basics of Permaculture Design [Illustrated]

Author(s): Ross Mars

Publisher: Permaculture Resources

Paperback: 170 pages

ISBN: 0958762619

ISBN-13: 978-0958762618

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The Basics of Permaculture Design

Publication date: June 1996

Texas Trees: A Friendly Guide

Texas Trees: A Friendly Guide

Texas Trees: A Friendly Guide

Author(s): Patty Leslie, Paul W. Cox

Publisher: Corona Publishers

Paperback: 374 pages

ISBN: 0931722675

ISBN-13: 978-0931722677

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At last, an authoritative guide that is also readable; one that shows the trees’ relation to human and animal life — even in the charming illustrations. Includes leaf-shape guide, range maps, and an index of popular and scientific names for over 120 trees, both native and naturalized.


About the Author

Botanist Paul Cox is supervisor of the San Antonio Botanical Center. patty Leslie is the Center’s horticulturist in charge of native plant areas.


Green Nature/Human Nature: THE MEANING OF PLANTS IN OUR LIVESAuthor(s): Charles A. Lewis

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Paperback: 176 pages

ISBN: 0252065107

ISBN-13: 978-0252065101

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..focuses upon the impact and influence of vegetation..on human health and well-being. Compiling over thirty years of research conducted by researchers and practitioners in the fields of environmental psychology, horticultural therapy, landscape architecture and cross-disciplinary areas of research such as environmental behavior, Lewis weaves together the work of Stephen and Rachel Kaplan, Roger Ulrich, Mark Francis and others, with anecdotes from the author’s thirty plus years in the field. These anecdotes, many of which relate the reactions or experiences of urban gardeners, children, senior citizens, and prisoners in a county jail, serve as persuasive evidence regarding the impacts of plants on human well-being.(Landscape Journal, Vol 16, No 1, Spring 1997 (Stanton I. Jones)) — (Landscape Journal, Vol 16, No 1, Spring 1997)

..this marvelous and pathmaking book tells us exactly why “green nature” – plants, flowers, gardens, parks, landscape vegetation – is an essential part of our lives. Green Nature/Human Nature is not only an excellent synthesis of both qualitative and quantitative research that documents the bond between people and plants, it is a synthesis of the life’s work and thinking of of one of the most important figures in people-plant relationships. Charles Lewis virtually founded the field of green psychology and, along with colleagues Rachel Kaplan, Roger Ulrich, Diane Relf and others has made it a legitimate for of science and design. As a result of three decades of their work, we now have an empirical and firm theoretical basis that nature is as important to human experience as food, rest and learning…This is an accessible and readable volume that will warm the hearts and inform the minds of all gardeners. I suggest you take a copy into the garden, read a few pages, ! look around, and join Lewis in his insightful and enjoyable tour of the significance of what you see. (Community Greening Review, 1997 (Prof. Mark Francis)) — (Community Greening Review, 1997:Prof. Mark Francis)

I think you have really captured the essence of what is most important about plants for people, and in saying how much I appreciate your contribution, I also want to thank you for having devoted so much of your life to exploring these relationships so fruitfully.(Missouri Botanical Garden (letter from Dr. Peter Raven, Director.)) — (Missouri Botanical Garden: letter from Dr. Peter Raven, Director.)

What Lewis presnts in this book is an interesting and important approach to life and our interaction with plants, nature and our fellow humans. Technology and urban life have strengthened the misconception that we are in control of nature, that nature is here to serve us. We must consider ourselves as a part of nature, not apart from nature. Within the pges of this book, Charles Lewis clearly addresses this important, personal relationship to nature.(Public Garden, July 1997 (Prof. Frank W. Telewski)) — (Public Garden, July 1997: Prof. Frank W. Telewski)

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Why do gardeners delight in the germination and growth of a seed? Why are our spirits lifted by flowers, our feelings of tension allayed by a walk in forest or park? What other positive influences can nature have on humanity?In Green Nature/Human Nature, Charles A. Lewis describes the psychological, sociological and physiological responses of people to vegetation in cities and forests, as well as in horticultural therapy programs in hospitals, geriatric institutions, physical rehabilittion centers, drug rehabilitation programs and correctional institutions. He presents an evolutionary basis for the human attraction to plants. People-plant interactions are presented from two perspectives: participatory, in which the individual is involved in planting and maintaining the vegetation, and observational, in which the individual bears no responsibility for establishing or maintaining the vegetation.

In what amounts to a straighforward catalog of well-documented and tangible benefits, Lewis brings the latest and best research into plant/human interaction to bear on questions of how green nature is intertwined with the human psyche and how that interaction can lead to enhanced well-being and an appreciation of the human dimension in environmental concerns.

Lewis’s work will be essential reading for anyone interested in plants and how they affect people.

Trees of Central Texas

Trees of Central Texas

Trees of Central TexasAuthor(s): Robert A. Vines

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Paperback: 423 pages

ISBN: 0292780583

ISBN-13: 978-0292780583

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A comprehensive and compact field guide, Trees of Central Texas introduces 186 species of tree life in Central Texas, an area roughly the region of the Edwards Plateau and bordered by the Balcones Escarpment on the south and east, the Pecos River on the west, and the Texas Plains and the Llano Uplift on the north. From the hardy oaks and rugged mesquites to the graceful willows, cottonwoods, and pecans, the tree life of Central Texas varies as much as the vast and changing land that hosts it. Full descriptions and superb illustrations of all the native and naturalized trees of the region as well as fascinating bits of history and lore make this an essential guide to the wealth of tree life in Central Texas. Drawn from Robert A. Vines’ monumental Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of the Southwest (University of Texas Press, Trees of Central Texas combines the essential detail of the larger work with the ease and convenience of a field guide. It joins in print two additional field guides by Robert Vines, both published by the University of Texas Press: Trees of East Texas and Trees of North Texas.

Silent Spring

Silent Spring

Silent SpringAuthor(s): Rachel L. Carson , Al Gore (Introduction)

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co

Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN: 0395683297
ISBN-13: 978-0395683293
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Hardcover: 437 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0783880532
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Audio Cassette
Dh Audio (November 1986)
ISBN-10: 0886461839
ISBN-13: 978-0886461836
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Silent Spring, released in 1962, offered the first shattering look at widespread ecological degradation and touched off an environmental awareness that still exists. Rachel Carson’s book focused on the poisons from insecticides, weed killers, and other common products as well as the use of sprays in agriculture, a practice that led to dangerous chemicals to the food source. Carson argued that those chemicals were more dangerous than radiation and that for the first time in history, humans were exposed to chemicals that stayed in their systems from birth to death. Presented with thorough documentation, the book opened more than a few eyes about the dangers of the modern world and stands today as a landmark work. —

Nature and Ecology Editor’s Recommended Book
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is now 35 years old. Written over the years 1958 to 1962, it took a hard look at the effects of insecticides and pesticides on songbird populations throughout the United States, whose declining numbers yielded the silence to which her title attests. What happens in nature is not allowed to happen in the modern, chemical-drenched world, she writes, where spraying destroys not only the insects but also their principal enemy, the birds. When later there is a resurgence of the insect population, as almost always happens, the birds are not there to keep their numbers in check. The publication of her impeccably reported text helped change that trend by setting off a wave of environmental legislation and galvanizing the nascent ecological movement. It is justly considered a classic, and it is well worth rereading today.

The New York Times Book Review, Lorus Milne and Margery Milne
Her book is a cry to the reading public to help curb private and public programs which by use of poisons will end by destroying life on earth. … Miss Carson, with the fervor of an Ezekiel, is trying to save nature and mankind …

The Alternative Medicine Handbook

The Alternative Medicine Handbook

The Alternative Medicine HandbookAuthor(s): Barrie R. Cassileth

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company

Hardcover: 340 pages

ISBN: 0393045668

ISBN-13: 978-0393045666

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From Booklist , 02/01/98:

An estimated 60 million Americans use alternative therapies each year. Cassileth, affiliated with the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine, the American Cancer Society, and two medical schools, offers a survey of 54 therapies from a decidedly conservative, mainstream medical point of view. Though claiming that her book neither promotes nor opposes any therapy, she clearly has not made the paradigm shift necessary to understand the bases of much of this vast array of approaches, particularly alternative anticancer therapies or those originating in other cultures. The author often steers the reader away from the particular therapy by recommending that he or she first contact a medical doctor or mainstream organization, such as the Arthritis Foundation. Therapies here are organized into such groups as diet and herbs, bodywork, and mind-body. In chapters of 5 to 10 pages, each approach is treated as follows: what it is, what practitioners say it does, beliefs on which it is based, research evidence to date, what it can do for the patient, and where to get it. Factual errors in several entries were noted; missing in this work are considerations of medical politics or economics. Purchase it to balance more favorable views of alternative treatments. Copyright© 1998, American Library Association. All rights reserved

An expert in alternative medicine gives readers the complete low-down on what works, what doesn’t, what can help, and what can harm. In clear, nontechnical language, Dr. Cassileth describes the origin of each alternative therapy, the reasons practitioners say it works, the scientific evidence, and the places to go for treatment. Photos & illustrations National media publicity. Targeted print ads.

Customer Comments

Be educated not mindless about alternative medicine. People are finally taking control of their health. But that means using as discerning an eye about alternative therapy as about mainstream medicine. Cassileth has studied what does–and what doesn’t–work. I find the Booklist review inaccurate and dangerous. There are no anti-cancer therapies outside of mainstream medicine that have cured people yet. I do believe that if an alternative therapy for cancer is found that works–look at tamoxifen from yew trees–doctors will use it. In the meantime, mainstream medicine has prolonged the lives of some of my friends who have cancer–and given them the hope of a cure. Cassileth is, indeed, open to other cultures. She finds yoga, acupuncture, and some other types of Chinese medicine do enhance well being, and lists almost 40 conditions in a brief chart that can be alleviated through alternative/complementary medicine. She admits that some therapies seem to work despite no firm scientific evidence. She tries to remind people that whether what you take is made by a pharmacy or by nature, it can still have powerful–and sometimes dangerous–effects. This book is a good way of learning about the myriad therapies and finding ones that will help you.

from Truro, MA , 01/12/98, rating=9:
Great Basic Resource for Alternative Medicine Users This is a believable, well–researched book about the growing field of alternative medicine. Its a great book to have as a second opinion when one is considering going outside of traditional medicine to seek treatment or cure for medical and heaslth problems.

Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing - A Practical Guide

Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing – A Practical Guide

Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing - A Practical GuideAuthor(s): Vasant Lad

Publisher: Lotus Light Publications

Paperback: 175 pages

ISBN: 0914955004

ISBN-13: 978-0914955009

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Ayurveda : The Science of Self-Healing : A Practical Guide 1st Ed. Paperback, 175 pages Publication date: January 1, 1984 Book Description : For the first time a book is a available which clearly explains the principlesand practical applications of Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world.The beautifully illustrated text throughly explains the following: History& Philosophy -Basic Principles -Diagnostic Techniques -Treatment – Diet -Medicinal Usage of Kitchen Herbs & Spices – First Aid – Food Aid -FoodAntidotes – And Much More.

The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine

The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine

The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal MedicineAuthor(s): Dr.Vasant Lad

Publisher: Lotus Light Publications

Paperback: 251 pages

ISBN: 0941524248

ISBN-13: 978-0941524247

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Book Description:
For the first time, here is a detailed explanation and classfication of herbs,using the ancient system of Ayurveda. More than 250 herbs are listed, with 88 herbs explained in detail. Included are many of the most commonly used Western herbs with a profound Ayurvedic perspective. Important Chinese and special Ayurvedic herbs are introduced. Beautiful diagrams and charts, as well as detailed glossaries, appendices and index are included.