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Climate-Wise Landscaping by Sue Reed and Ginny StiboltPractical Actions for a Sustainable Future

By Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt

This book answers the question: What can we do in our own landscapes, right now, to 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.

The book includes ten sections that cover: Lawns • Trees & Shrubs • Water • Ecosystems • Soil • Planning & Design • Herbaceous Plants • Urban Issues • Food • Materials.
It also presents five Primers that explain the science and issues of: Climate Change • Landscape Chemicals • Water and Plants • Native Plants • Soil Carbon and Ecosystems.

GreenPal SelectExcerpt 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."

Excerpt from the American Library Association's Booklist Review:

"The volume of information here is impressive and each action is accompanied by an explanation 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 useful 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."


Wonderful review from Master Gardener Laurie McGrath in Santa Fe, NM. The whole things is excellent, especially Laurie's point that the book relates as well to the arid Southwest as to the east and southern region. You can read it here, but we especially love the perfect conclusion:

Climate-Wise Landscaping offers a full menu of ideas and covers a variety of subjects in one volume. In addition to good photos, wonderful and inspiring quotes from other writers are graphically set off throughout the book. The authors do an excellent job empowering home gardeners to take manageable steps toward sustainable landscapes without sacrificing beauty.

Many thanks to Ellen Honeycutt for the lovely review of our book in her blog, "Using Georgia Native Plants!" Here's an excerpt:

"If you’ve been wondering what actions you can take in your own landscape (or how to inspire someone else) to make a difference in this changing climate, this book is a well-compiled tool to guide the average person. Making a change in our own landscapes can seem like a drop in the bucket, but our changes do contribute and can inspire others to add another ‘drop,’ – and some drops can be larger than others, depending on who we inspire (imagine inspiring an organization with large land holdings!)."

“Filled with lots of specific, practical, how-to information, this book will help you shrink your energy footprint while designing a beautiful, environmentally sound landscape.”