Prairie plants are among the toughest of all ornamentals. While they fascinate gardeners with their beauty and versatility, they require little maintenance. They are highly resistant to insect and disease damage, and they need not be replanted every year.
In recent years, the idea of growing prairie plants has gained increasing appeal among gardeners. Bob and Beatrice Smith have prepared this practical growing guide based on their more than fourteen years of experience and experimentation for all people who wish to grow prairie plants. The Smiths, who have grown all the plants they discuss here, share their wealth of experience with the reader. They recommend the best sites, tell how to plan and prepare the site and how to treat and plant seeds, and share important tips on propagation, transplanting, and managing the prairie garden or landscape. To aid in both planning and identification, the book includes full-color illustrations of all seventy plants.
J. Robert Smith, long an enthusiastic gardener, has been associated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for more than thirty years. He retired from his position as Administrator of Wildlife, Forestry, and Recreation in 1974. He and Beatrice have been operating Prairie Nursery for nine years, producing prairie seeds and plants commercially and conducting experimental research in this area. "