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Book review: A Gardener's Guide to Prairie Plants

After watching a webinar by Wild Ones with the authors (, I ordered this book and am glad I did. Almost half the book is a field guide to about 150 of the most common species one can use in prairie gardens. Best of all is their pictures of each species at all stages, from seedling to mature plant to flowers and dried seed heads, so that you can recognize them in your garden. They also include information about how to propagate each, when they flower and how long each lives.  Although their expertise is prairie gardening in the midwest (Wisconsin and Indiana), most species are those we find here in Louisiana. They also provide great information about prairie gardening and how to think about soils, seasons and design. It's written for new gardeners but still has all the information tables in the appendices you could need. Highly recommend if you're interested in elevating your prairie project.

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