A new book from Mackinac's landscape architect Jack Barnwell
The Gardens of Mackinac Island
"The Gardens of Mackinac Island is an informative, engaging, and visually stunning book that captures the beauty and diversity of the island's floral environment and cultivated gardens. The 'Past & Present' sidebars do a wonderful job of connecting today's gardens with Mackinac's rich botanical history." ~ Phil Porter, director, Mackinac State Historic Parks
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"From the iconic lilacs whose scent perfumes the sloping streets of Mackinac every June to the striking red geraniums which pay homage to the Grand Hotel's original owner, this stunning book details the classic flowers that make Mackinac Island a visual feast for gardeners. Reading this book feels like taking a mini-vacation to Mackinac Island." ~ Susan Martin, Michigan gardener, garden writer & speaker.
Take a tour through Mackinac Island's priviate and public outdoor spaces for a rare peek at gardens both humble and grand. Each garden has a story, many have secrets, and most have a connection to the past. Come to the gardens and hear the voices of those who love them. With more than 600 color photographs featuring nearly 100 gardens and the Mackinac Island State Park, this book masterfully interweaves narratives, poetry, history and horticulture of this unique island, creating a time capsule of past and present.Mackinac's premier landscape architect Jack Barnwell, along with his follow island landscape designers and local gardeners, show how they bring a unique sense of style to the outdoors. From naturalized rock gardens, tranquil ponds, fragrant lilacs and heirloom perennial gardens to classical statues, elegant fountains, historic pergolas and showy border gardens, The Gardens of Mackinac Island provides a welcome variety of inspiration for creating an inviting, relaxing outdoor space.
The Proven Winners® Garden Book: Simple Plans, Picture Perfect Plants and
Expert Advice for Creating a Gorgeous Garden
We are excited to share our expert plant knowledge and creative design ideas in our very first book, The Proven Winners Garden Book. We'll walk readers through the process of preparing the garden for planting, choosing a design that fits their style and selecting the best varieties to complete the look. The book's easy, approachable style makes gardening fun and achievable for beginner and experienced gardeners alike.
Included in the book:
TWENTY FIVE container recipes that add color and pizzazz to gardens of all sizes—even on balconies and patios.
Creative combinations include holiday themes, solutions for shade and other concerns, poolside ideas and much more.
TWELVE garden plans provide simple design ideas that will add curb appeal to your home garden. Explore these designs, among others:
A welcoming entryway
A butterfly and pollinator garden
A fragrant flower garden
A shady summertime retreat
A deer-resistant garden