Heritage, Volume 7, Number 3, Summer 1989 Page: 23
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Hopi Photographs are clear, beautiful images
and will add to future studies of the Hopi,
particularly the processes of change.
Perennial Garden Color for
Texas and the South
Perennial Garden Color for Texas
South; Dr. William C. Welch,
Publishing, Dallas; 268 pages;
photographs throughout; 1989;
Reviewed by Elizabeth J. Vair, Managing
Perennial Garden Color is a wonderful
book which can be enjoyed in numerous
ways: as a gardening tool and resource directed
specifically toward Texas gardeners,
an artbook and for the sheer enjoyment of
its beauty. I had been anticipating Perennial
Garden Color for several months, having
had the pleasure of working with both
Taylor Publishing and Dr. Welch on the
historic gardens cover story in the Spring
'89 issue of Heritage. But I was not prepared
for the impact of the elaborate four-color
photographs, rich in color density, that
make up such a large part of the presentation.
The vivid photographs combined
with good layout and design of the text
make Perennial Garden Color reader friendly.
And the binding is designed to stay open
on your lap, a real plus for the student
Dr. Welch is a professionally trained
landscape architect and horticulturist
whose writing reflects his "hands on" approach
to gardening. His expertise and
relaxed style make this book appealing to
beginners as well as seasoned gardeners. No
tedious reading here; the writing is both
witty and informative.
Perennial Garden Color is comprised of
three sections. "The Perennial Garden"
describes what plants to use, where and
how to plant them, and the basic steps of
garden layout and development. "Perennials
for the Garden" is the most comprehensive
section, listing plants alphabetically
by genus and species as well as by the more
familiar common names. "Old Garden
Roses and Companion Plants" offers
instructions on propagating roses from cuttings.
An appendix lists many mail order
sources for bulbs, plants and seeds.
When planning a new garden, Welch
emphasizes the importance of keeping in
mind design concepts concerning the arrangement
of plants. As I became fascinated
with this idea of arranging perennials
through the use of color, texture, line, form
and pattern into a composition, I realized
this was yet another application of all I had
learned in college as an art major. Welch
was barking up the same tree, so to speak.
I must confess that my own experience
as a gardener is limited to weeding the
vegetables which my parents grew on the
East Coast. Since my sister, brother and I
were often sent out to weed in lieu of
television watching or as a punishment for
some misdeed, I did not view gardening as
a particularly enjoyable activity. I am
actually a bit mystified about gardening
altogether and have called upon many a
landscape service to dig in the hard Texas
clay to plant flower beds, rose bushes and
the like. I have blamed my bad luck as a
gardener on the sun, on the soil, or on the
voracious bugs. This book provided a
A GARDEN OF DELIGHTS
For Texas and the South
Finally! A guide to creating gardens of lasting
beauty written specifically for the Southern
climate and soil by one of the most respected
authorities on home landscaping, Texas A&M's
Dr. William C. Welch. An indispensable
gardening tool for both amateurs and
professionals, Perennial Garden
*VA. F N JNrColor re-creates the nostalgic
II !: ~Y~ 7~ ~ cottage-style garden in lush full1
$9 GARDEN c color photographs with detailed
c o SBN L oL-87833-68 R Sinformation on over 200
.' .....:.. : regionally suitable perennials,
' old garden roses, and
"With this book and a shovel
you can create the flowering
garden of your dreams."
N:; Willian-- CMichael G. Shoup, Jr., Owner,
E.... . .... The Antique Rose Emporium
p..... ~Perennial Garden Color is available at most bookstores.
Or order by phone by calling 1-800-759-8120,
or by mail from:
Taylor Publishing Co., Trade Books Division
1550 W. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75235
$29.95 cloth * 500 color photographs * 304 pages
ISBN 0-87833-628-1. Sales tax and postage additional.
HERITAGE * SUMMER 1989 23
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