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Adkins Arboretum celebrates publication of local author’s book

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Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:41 am

Updated: 11:54 am, Tue Mar 31, 2015.

Adkins Arboretum celebrates publication of local author’s book

RIDGELY — What if, one step at a time, we could make our gardens and landscapes more eco-friendly? “Chesapeake Gardening Landscaping: The Essential Green Guide,” the first book written specifically for Chesapeake Bay-region gardeners, shows homeowners, garden designers, gardeners and landscapers how to do just that. Meet the author and celebrate the release of this landmark book April 8 at Adkins Arboretum.

Written by Barbara W. Ellis with principal photographer Neil Soderstrom, and published by University of North Carolina Press in association with Adkins Arboretum, “Chesapeake Gardening Landscaping” is an important resource for aspiring earth-friendly gardeners. Mid-Atlantic gardeners — from beginners to advanced — will find the essential tools for taking steps to make their gardens part of the solution through long-term planning and planting.

Featuring more than 300 color photographs in addition to helpful planting plans, diagrams and lists of recommended plants for all sites and soils, “Chesapeake Gardening Landscaping” is a wonderful resource for all gardeners who wish to hone their craft and take part in making our world a healthier and more beautiful habitat for all creatures.

The book is “an important, valuable and timely resource for Chesapeake gardeners, and the only book of its kind in the region,” said Mollie Ridout, director of horticulture for the Historic Annapolis Foundation. “The volume’s structure and practical how-to nature will make it useful both to readers just starting their gardening endeavors and to experienced gardeners inspired to bring their landscapes into more conformity with their natural contexts.”

Ellis is the former managing editor of gardening books at Rodale Press and publications director at the American Horticultural Society. She is the author of “Covering Ground: Unexpected Ideas for Landscaping with Colorful, Low-Maintenance Ground Covers,” among other books. She lives and gardens in Kent County.

The public is invited to join Ellis at Adkins Arboretum from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 to learn about creating welcoming gardens and landscapes that are earth- and Bay-friendly, and to pick up a signed copy of the book. Admission is free.

Copies of “Chesapeake Gardening Landscaping: The Essential Green Guide” may be purchased in advance at

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