Filled with lush photography, this practical and accessible guide will show you how to make your garden a place of beauty and inspiration during the winter months, as well as throughout the year.
Why put all of our gardening effort into the magnificent but short months of summer? With Winterland, learn how the dramatic stillness of a garden in winter provides abundant opportunities to deepen our connection with nature. Accomplished landscape designer Cathy Rees guides you through the basics of creating rich and compelling all-season garden environments—exploring form, texture, plant choices, lighting, and more. Design strategies are reinforced by practical advice on garden care, pruning, maintenance, and coexisting with animals and birds. Learn how to position a distinctive tree to capture the first rays of a rosy December sunrise, or reconceive the flow of an entire landscape. Winterland gives gardeners the tools to develop outdoor havens that will evolve over seasons and years, to become true garden sanctuaries for any season.
About the Author
Cathy Rees is a cofounder of Native Gardens of Blue Hill in Maine and has been gardening and consulting on the native landscapes of coastal Maine for more than twenty-five years.
Lisa Looke is a nature photographer who also manages the image library for Wild Seed Project in Portland, Maine.
"Here is an entire book devoted to designing a garden that will be pleasing to enjoy in winter despite the limitations....Rees, a gardener and horticulturist in Maine (where winter can last seven months), uses the expertise she’s accumulated to highlight the seemingly small choices that can have a big impact during the fallow months between growing seasons. Where most gardening books that refer to winter focus on those warmer climates, this is a rare treat that concentrates on enjoying the garden even at a time when it must be done from indoors." - ALA Booklist,
"Maine landscape designer Cathy Rees shares inspirational photographs and sound approaches for developing an attractive, functional, year-round garden....Winterland proposes a new way of thinking for gardeners in all climates, designed around the seasons. It shows that the enjoyment of natural spaces can continue even in dormant times." - Foreword Reviews,
"In Winterland, Maine gardener Cathy Rees argues that if your garden shines in the snowy season, imagine how great it will look in spring, summer and fall. - Maine Sunday Telegram,
"If you have any garden at all, you will want to get this book. And if you have a view of a neighbor’s garden, you need to give them this book. (After you read it first)." - The Washington Gardener ,
"Part garden guide, part therapy for gardeners who count the days before they can get their hands back into the soil and part visual treat. The photos aren't large — this is not a coffee table book left out to impress visitors to your home. Instead it is a smaller, quieter book that correctly reflects the mood of winter. Take the time to examine each photo of a snow-covered fence or barren landscape and you'll see beauty." — Akron Beacon Journal,
"Even those of us without an affinity for winter will feel the draw of the season in the still landscapes clarified by white....As a New England resident, Rees’s approach is to make the place where you live and garden enjoyable in every season. This is a lesson for all gardeners, no matter where you live." — The American Gardener,
"This beautiful book-loaded with stunning photos by Lisa Looke-is a wonderful inspiration for those headed into the dark days of winter." - The Real Dirt (Garden Club of America),
"[A] clever and original argument that a winter garden can be as visually, mentally and physically beautiful as any summer garden - all it takes is some imagination, planning and preparation....Rees will awaken gardeners to all the possibilities for winter gardening, making many folks say, 'Why didn’t I think of that?'" - Kennebec Journal
"Liberally sprinkled with Lisa Looke’s gorgeous photographs of dramatic snowscapes and architectural elements in the garden, from stone walls to grape arbors to sculptures reminiscent of Andy Goldsworthy’s landscape-influenced work, “Winterland” is an inspiring read for any gardener prone to dreaming about the land they steward." - Maine Organic Farmer Gardener,