A Truly Birmingham Garden Book

Louise Wrinkle has one of the most beautiful gardens in the metro area. And to her great credit, she has written a book on her experiences both good and bad in building a garden at her family home here in Birmingham for the last 30 plus years. I have visited this garden many times, and while it is a woodland garden in some parts and a formal landscape in others, every part is interesting. She tells the reader how it was built and also the evolution that nature and man has caused to change the garden over many years. While a few people have worked in building this garden, the constant is her watchful eye and thoughtful approach. Landscape garden design expert Norman Kent Johnson, from Birmingham, has been a constant too. The garden is also a study in how land can be used and preserved in unison with its character. To me, the part every Birmingham gardener can use is the plant profile section. This is not what is contained in most garden books, but how the various plants have survived, thrived, or died in her garden, and what she thinks are the reasons. While there are many native plants, other species grace the garden as well. If you want a perfect gift for a gardener in Birmingham metro area for this holiday season, this is the book for you. The book is also available at Leaf and Petal at the Gardens and local book stores.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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