Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East author to sign books at Quarltere’s on September 11

Halcottsville — Carolyn Summers will be talking about and signing copies of her new book, Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East at Quarltere’s Garden and Marketplace on September 11, hosted by the Catskill Community Garden Club.

Gardeners are endowed with love for a hobby that has profound potential for positive change. The beautifully-illustrated Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East approaches landscape design from an ecological perspective, encouraging professional designers and backyard enthusiasts alike to intensify their use of indigenous or native plants. These plants, ones that grow naturally in the same place in which they evolved, form the basis of the food web. Wildlife simply cannot continue to survive without them—nor can we. Summers introduces our wild flora into designs for common garden landscapes, such as foundation plantings, mixed borders, even formal knot gardens.

Emphasizing the importance of indigenous plant gardening and landscape design, Summers provides guidelines for beginning gardeners as well as experienced designers.

From Maine to Kentucky and up and down the eastern shore, Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East lays the “gardenwork” by preserving natural areas through the thoughtful planting of indigenous plants, we may bask in the knowledge that it is possible to have loads of fun at the same time we are growing a better world.

Carolyn Summers is a landscape architect and adjunct professor for continuing education at Westchester Community College. She provides technical assistance to the Native Plant Center, an affiliate of the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.