Why ‘Fearless Gardening’ advocates pushing the limits with ‘cramscaping’ – OCRegister

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Why ‘Fearless Gardening’ advocates pushing the limits with ‘cramscaping’ – OCRegister

A book replete with horticultural wisdom and inspiration has just been published.

In addition to vibrant text and glorious photos that are highly instructional where garden design ideas are concerned, it offers the friendly message that gardeners can do no wrong.

Entitled “Fearless Gardening” (Timber Press, 2021), author Loree Bohl is not fazed by the sight of dead plants in her garden. She quotes J. C. Raulston, a highly acclaimed horticulturist who founded an arboretum in North Carolina that bears his name. “If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener.” Bohl embellishes Raulston’s statement as follows: “Experimentation is at the core of building a garden. It’s only through trial, error, and dead plants that you discover what works… How can we expect to get it right the first time, every time? … If the first time you tried baking chocolate chip cookies, they had all ended up flat and burnt, would you have given up and never baked them again? What a shame that would be!”

  • A page spread from “Fearless Gardening: Be Bold, Break the Rules, and Grow What You Love” by Loree Bohl (Courtesy of Timber Press/Workman)

  • A page spread from “Fearless Gardening: Be Bold, Break the Rules, and Grow What You Love” by Loree Bohl (Courtesy of Timber Press/Workman)

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