Climate-Wise Landscaping

Climate-Wise Landscaping by Sue Reed and Ginny StiboltBy Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt

This book answers the question: What can we do, right now, in our own landscapes, to help solve and respond to climate change?

Predictions about future effects of climate change can range from mild to dire – but we're already seeing warmer winters, hotter summers, and more extreme storms. Proposed solutions often seem expensive and complex, and can leave us as individuals at a loss, wondering what, if anything, can be done.

Authors Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt offer a rallying cry in response – instead of wringing our hands, they say let's roll up our sleeves. Based on decades of real-life experience, this book is packed with simple, practical steps anyone can take to help lessen global warming while beautifying any landscape and garden.

This lushly illustrated, full-color book is a tool for homeowners, gardeners, and landscape professionals who want to be part of the solution to climate change. Topics include:

  • Saving energy, money, and time
  • Shrinking our carbon footprint
  • Creating cleaner air and water
  • Increasing physical comfort during hotter seasons
  • Supporting birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife

Excerpt from the Foreword by Dr. Doug Tallamy:

"Read this book carefully. Everything you need to know to help heal our relationship with planet earth and empower you to make a much-needed difference is within these pages."

Review from the American Library Association's Booklist:

"Gardeners are already adjusting to the effects of climate change as the seasons trend warmer and storms become more extreme. This book aims to provide practical advice for proactive things to do to make gardens more sustainable while adjusting to the changes. Tackling topics including the lawn, trees and shrubs, soil, herbaceous plants, edible plants, and several more, the authors suggest pacific actions that can be implemented a la cart in existing gardens or while planning for new spaces. The volume of information here is impressive and each action is accompanied by an exclamation of why it’s important. In addition to addressing existing challenges, many suggestions also aim to minimize potential damage from fire, flood, and storm. This wealth of information is divided into manageable chunks, making the book use whether read cover to cover or dipped into for specific topics.”

Virginia Native Plant Society (read whole review here):

"Are you ready to DO something NOW? Need to start at the beginning of native plant gardening? Want to know how to repair forest edges? Need specifics on slope calculations? Want to know what materials are the most eco-friendly? You’ll find answers in Climate-Wise Landscaping. This is a book that you will keep as a reference, and it is certainly one you will want to use in your advocacy efforts whenever you have the time and opportunity to educate others."

Buy the Book

Order your signed copy from Sue Reed for only $26.95, with free shipping (to the lower 48). Still below Amazon's price and the retail price of $29.99.

This book is also sold at all online booksellers and most fine bookstores.

The e-book version is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all major e-booksellers.

“At the Conway School of Landscape Design, Sue was one of the best instructors I ever knew. She cared deeply about the students and had a knack for helping them learn through self-discovery. Sue was universally liked by students during the many years she taught there.”