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Shrubs key role in future gardens highlighted in new book

by | 14 Mar 24 | Nature & Biodiversity, News


A new book on the role shrubs can play in naturalistic planting schemes is being published this month.

Written by naturalistic gardener Kevin Philip Williams and ecologist Michael Guidi, Shrouded in Light puts shrubs as key players for gardens amidst a changing climate due to their hardiness, adaptability and ability to thrive in arid conditions.

The authors detail plant communities for various wild shrublands such as heathland, sagebrush and thickets, proposing multiple garden design applications for the “key protagonists” in these.

The book features a foreward by prolific landscape designer Nigel Dunnett, who worked on the planting design for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“From the open sagebrush steppe to the chaos of mixed shrub ecotone, shrublands inspire and evoke human reaction,” says horticulture researcher Guidi. “Let’s bring shrubby chaos into the garden and be shrouded in its light.”

Guidi, who holds a degree in Ecology and another in Biology, worked as a field biologist before joining the Denver Botanic Gardens horticulture department. His co-author Williams was a gardener on The High Line in Manhattan and studied as a Horticulture Intern at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He holds a Public Horticulture degree and a degree in The History and Philosophy of Science. Williams’ with Denver Botanic Gardens has led to the creation of celebrated public gardens throughout the city.

Shrouded in Light: Naturalistic planting inspired by wild shrublands will be published by Filbert Press on 28 March 2024.

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