Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780226531663 Will Publish March 2018
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226531526 Will Publish March 2018
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Discoveries in the Garden

James Nardi

Discoveries in the Garden

James Nardi

288 pages | 93 halftones, 30 line drawings, 3 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780226531663 Will Publish March 2018
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226531526 Will Publish March 2018
E-book $18.00 ISBN: 9780226531830 Will Publish March 2018
Every square inch of soil is rich with energy and life, and nowhere is this more evident than in the garden. At the tips of our trowels, a sun-driven world of microbes, insects, roots, and stems awaits—and it is a world no one knows better than James Nardi. A charming guide to all things green and growing, Nardi is as at home in prairies, forests, and wetlands as he is in the vegetable patch. And with Discoveries in the Garden, he shows us that these spaces aren’t as different as we might think, that nature flourishes in our backyards, schoolyards, and even indoors. To find it, we’ve only got to get down into the dirt.

Leading us through the garden gate, Nardi reveals the extraordinary daily lives and life cycles of a quick-growing, widely available, and very accommodating group of study subjects: garden plants. Through close observations and simple experiments we all can replicate at home, we learn the hidden stories behind how these plants grow, flower, set seeds, and produce fruits, as well as the vital role dead and decomposing plants play in nourishing the soil. From pollinators to parasites, plant calisthenics to the wisdom of weeds, Nardi’s tale also introduces us to our fellow animal and microbial gardeners, the community of creatures both macro- and microscopic with whom we share our raised beds. Featuring a copse of original, informative illustrations that are as lush as the garden plants themselves, Discoveries in the Garden is an enlightening romp through the natural history, science, beauty, and wonder of these essential green places.
Introduction: Conversing with Plants

1 Seeds
2 Buds and Stems, Stem Cells and Meristems: Growing Up, Down, and Out
3 The Underground World: Bulbs, Tubers, and Roots
4 The Journey from Flower to Fruit and Seed
5 Energy from the Sun and Nutrients from the Soil
6 Movements of Vines and Tendrils, Leaves and Flowers
7 Wisdom of the Weeds: Lessons in How Plants Face Adversity
8 Plant Colors
9 Plant Odors and Oils
10 Fellow Gardeners: Other Creatures Who Share Our Gardens

Appendix A. Important Chemicals in the Lives of Plants
Appendix B. List of Plants Mentioned in the Text
Further Reading
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