Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place

Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place

by Margie Hunter


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“An invaluable resource for the home or commercial gardener who wishes to plant native species.”—Edward W. Chester, Austin Peay State University

The natural landscape of Tennessee represents a unique treasure for gardeners and nature lovers. Encompassing several geographically distinctive regions, from the 6,000-foot peaks of the Unaka Mountains to the swampy floodplain of the Mississippi River, the state boasts nearly 3,000 native plant species. This stunning diversity of life owes much to Tennessee’s prime location at the crossroads of mountain and prairie ecosystems and in the transition area between northern and southern climate patterns.

In Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee, Margie Hunter gives gardeners the knowledge they need in order to nurture this natural heritage in their own gardens. Beginning with a survey of the state’s ecology—including geology, geography, plant life and animal species—Hunter takes a holistic approach to the process of gardening with native plants. The book’s main section provides detailed accounts of 450 species of wildflowers, ferns, grasses, vines, shrubs, and trees native to Tennessee and adjacent states. These descriptions, arranged according to plant type, include both scientific and common name, flowering and fruiting times, propagation methods, soil and light requirements, and distribution patterns within the state. Nearly 400 color photographs illustrate the species discussions.

No other book designed for the home gardener includes such area-specific information on native species or such a comprehensive listing of plants. Appendixes refer readers to other sources of information and seeds, including mail-order nurseries, botanical gardens, state agencies, native plant organizations, and subject-specific conferences. A detailed bibliography also contributes to the reference value of this book for gardeners, landscapers, and nature lovers throughout Tennessee and in neighboring states.

The Author: Margie Hunter, a long-time volunteer at Cheekwood Botanical Garden, lives in Nashville.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572331556
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication date: 01/15/2004
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 467,775
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Margie Hunter, a long-time volunteer at Cheekwood Botanical Garden, lives in Nashville.

Table of Contents

Part IThe Spirit of Place
1The Geography, Geology, and Sail of Tennessee2
Geography: The Lay of the Land3
Geology: The Genesis of Our Backyards8
The Soil and Climate of Tennessee11
Sources for Further Reading15
2Plant Communities in Tennessee16
Communities in Nature18
Tennessee Plant Communities22
Sources for Further Reading36
3Tennessee Wildlife38
Attracting Wildlife: What to Do, What Not to Do41
Tennessee Wildlife43
Sources for Further Reading48
4Endangered Native Plants and Exotic Pest Plants in Tennessee50
The Rare51
The Rowdy56
What Gardeners Can Do61
Sources for Further Reading63
Part IIGardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee
5Native Plant Gardening66
The Basics of Native Plant Gardening67
Nomenclature and Plant Distribution80
Sources for Further Reading82
6The Native Plants of Tennessee: Summary, Description, Culture, and Distribution84
Description, Culture, and Distribution99
Description, Culture, and Distribution194
Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes204
Description, Culture, and Distribution206
Description, Culture, and Distribution219
Description, Culture, and Distribution236
Description, Culture, and Distribution272
Sources for Further Reading320
Appendix A.Mail-Order Nurseries323
Appendix B.Agencies and Organizations326
Appendix C.Botanical Gardens329
Appendix D.Native Plant Conferences332

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