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Timber Press Pocket Guide to Water Garden Plants

By Greg Speichert and Sue Speichert

The definitive guide to water plants for serious gardeners who don't want a giant encyclopedia.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Water is a soothing and delightful addition to any garden, and water features — streams, waterfalls, and bog gardens — continue to be popular design elements in the modern garden. And now, gardeners finally have a practical and handy place to turn for information about water garden plants. In the Timber Press Pocket Guide to Water Garden Plants, gardening gurus Greg and Sue Speichert provide information on a full range of plants that can be used in ponds and wet soils, from the widely popular waterlilies and lotuses to the often-overlooked submerged, floating, and bog plants. The newest edition in the popular pocket guide series focuses on 300 of the best plants for use in large and small water gardens. Each description includes detailed information on choosing, planting, and caring for plants. Notes on cultivation address the question of how much water each plant needs to grow and provide information on cold tolerance and how to overwinter plants. Suggestions for use in the landscape offer design ideas for gardeners of all levels.

Media reviews

"The definitive guide to water plants for serious gardeners who don't want a giant encyclopedia."

—Mary Jane Smetanka, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Gives information on all aspects of water gardening. ... Authors Greg and Sue Speichert have provided a valuable resource in a 212-page book."

—Robert Haehle, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Takes the best 450 plants from the Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants and covers them with 300 color photos. It provides the practical information on how to grow the plants in ponds, containers or rain gardens. At only $19, it is a bargain that every gardener with a container, pond or even just a wet spot in the yard ought to own."

—Jeff Rugg, Creators Syndicate

About the authors

Greg Speichert

Greg Speichert was known for his water gardening expertise. He and his wife Sue previously owned and operated a groundbreaking nursery in Indiana popularizing water garden plants, and together they wrote the Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants (Timber Press). Most recently, Greg was director of Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, a program of Indiana University in Bloomington. Sadly, Greg passed away in November, 2010, at the age of 48.

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Sue Speichert

Sue Speichert is a founder of Water Gardening Magazine, and the American Water Garden Society. She writes frequently on water gardening for Fine Gardening, American Nurseryman, and Pondkeeper. She is the co-owner of Crystal Palace Perennials, a groundbreaking nursery that helped popularize water garden plants.

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