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Growing Conifers
The Complete Illustrated Gardening and Landscaping Guide
By (author): John J. Albers Photographs by: David E Perry
9780865719569 Paperback, Trade, Adhesive bound English General Trade GARDENING / Trees May 18, 2021 Print Run: 6000
$39.99 CAD
Forthcoming 8 x 10 x 0.6 in | 1.4 lb 224 pages 120 full color photographs 100% recycled content FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 New Society Publishers

Evergreen your landscape with the beauty and benefits of conifers



Evergreen your landscape with the beauty and benefits of conifers

Growing Conifers is a beautifully photographed, comprehensive gardening guide for selecting and cultivating conifers. Coverage includes:

  • Conifer taxonomy, classification, and geographic distribution
  • Selecting conifers for size, shape, color, and texture
  • Best practices for placement and planting of trees, shrubs, and groundcovers in urban and rural gardens
  • Growing needs and low-input maintenance
  • Building healthy soil, minimizing water stress, and integrated pest management
  • Benefits of conifers including habitat, water and air quality, carbon sequestration, aesthetics, and food.

Conifers are often overlooked in gardening and landscaping in favor of deciduous trees and shrubs. Yet conifers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and offer tremendous aesthetic and ecological benefits for any garden.

Growing Conifers is an essential, comprehensive resource for gardeners and landscape professionals looking to develop beautiful, sustainable landscapes.

  • John J. Albers is an educator for the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, an ecoPRO-certified sustainable landscape professional, and a former Washington State University/Kitsap County Master Gardener.
  • He created the 4-acre Albers Vista Gardens in Kitsap County, Washington.
  • This garden contains about 1,200 different species and cultivars, including about 500 different conifers.
  • For the past twelve years, he has given presentations and tours at his garden to garden clubs, master gardeners, nursery and landscape professionals, and the general public.
  • David E. Perry, photographer, has been photographing assignments for books, magazines, Fortune 500 corporate annual reports, and national ad campaigns for more than 35 years.
  • His work has been featured in Fine Gardening many times, including a half-dozen cover features.
  • He has contributed to Sunset magazine and has been featured in This Old House, American Rose, and Better Homes & Gardens.
  • He lectures and teaches photography workshops around the country.
  • The author and photographer worked together on John Albers previous books, Gardening for Sustainability and The Northwest Garden Manifesto.
  • This book is a comprehensive and authoritative guide for cultivation and use of conifers in urban gardens.
  • Beautifully illustrated with over 100 professional photographs and illustrations
  • Helps urban gardeners realize the ecological benefits of conifers and their contribution to sustainable landscapes
  • Contains basic information on conifers' key identifying features, taxonomy and classification, geographic distribution
  • Clear step-by-step science-based instructions on placement, planting, and care
  • Details the special characteristics trees, shrubs, and groundcovers
  • Conifers are the most common trees in Canada, encompassing approximately 80% of its environment
  • Greater Vancouver and Victoria are ideal conifer-growing environments.
  • Differs from other books on conifers:
    • it highlights conifers' ecological versatility and many key services to the urban environment, including sequestering carbon, intercepting rainfall, and removing air and water pollutants year-round, and serving as a haven for wildlife
    • Emphasizes ecological benefits and role in combating climate change.
    • Inspires readers to plant conifers and follow sustainable landscaping best practices

Audience: Novice to seasoned urban gardeners, landscape professionals, municipalities, botanical gardens, students of horticulture, climate change advocates

Academic: horticulture, programs


John J. Albers has over 30 years of experience growing and caring for conifers in a variety of garden situations. He is an educator for the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association (WSNLA), an ecoPRO-certified sustainable landscape professional, and a former Washington State University / Kitsap County Master Gardener. He created Albers Vista Gardens, a 4-acre property containing 1,200 different species and cultivars, including 500 different conifers representing 130 different conifer species. John is author of The Northwest Garden Manifesto and a frequent presenter to garden clubs, master gardeners, members of the nursery and landscape industry, and the general public. He lives in Bremerton, Washington.

David E. Perry is a professional photographer who has photographed for books, including The Northwest Garden Manifesto, magazines, Fortune 500 corporate annual reports, and national ad campaigns for more than 35 years. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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