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Taming Wildflowers

Bringing the Beauty and Splendor of Nature's Blooms into Your Own Backyard

by Miriam Goldberger

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list price: $25.99
edition:Hardcover
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published: March 2014
ISBN:9780985562267
publisher: St. Lynn's Press
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The Garden Writers Association has recognized Taming Wildflowers with a Silver Award of Achievement Wildflowers are the jewels of spring and summer everywhere. Families drive miles to witness their beauty in wild landscapes. Now, gardeners are discovering that they can easily and successfully cultivate these hardy native wonders right at home, for year-after-year enjoyment. Wildflower farmer and floral designer Miriam Goldberger believes that wildflowers belong as an essential part of North American gardens. Taming Wildflowers is the ultimate DIY book on wildflower gardening: part wildflower history (“How Wildflowers Changed the World”), part upbeat, informative how-to, and a little basic plant science, and an easy primer on designing with these wild and wondrous blooms. Her richly photographed book shows gardeners how wildflowers enhance the beauty and environmental health of their gardens by attracting birds, butterflies and other important pollinators; the simple steps in seed propagation (“Making Babies”); cutting garden must-haves (natives and non-natives); integrating wildflowers into the vegetable garden; harvesting fresh and everlasting wildflowers; drying; using floral design secrets to create long-lasting arrangements; and how to design a wildflower wedding. Features more than 60 of Miriam’s favorite wildflowers and 300 full-color photos.

About the Author

Miriam Goldberger

Long before “Green” or “Sustainable” became the powerful buzzwords they are today, Miriam Goldberger began growing wildflowers and fell madly in love with the beauty and practicality that native plants bring to our lives. A flower farmer since 1986, Miriam has seeded, planted, nurtured, harvested and created floral designs with thousands upon thousands of wildflowers. As an expert in organic and sustainable gardening, Miriam is on intimate terms with the easy steps gardeners and flower lovers can take to create beautiful, diverse and sustainable landscapes. She is the founder and co-owner of Wildflower Farm, a wildflower seed production company in Ontario, Canada.
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Awards
  • Winner, Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement – Book
Editorial Reviews

"Reader friendly, colourful and inspiring, Taming Wildflowers published by St. Lynn’s Press, is more like spending an afternoon chatting with Goldberger on her beloved 100 acre Wildflower Farm, than reading a manual on native wildflower gardening. All of the facts and figures have been thoroughly researched and beautifully presented, but they are offered in such a readable fashion, that I finished the book cover to cover in one delicious sitting."

— Theresa Forte, The Thorold Edition

“Miriam Goldberger has devoted a lifetime of work to propagating native plants and advocating for their widespread horticultural use. Through Wildflower Farm, she has not only made North American native plants widely available, but also educated gardeners about which plants grow best in which environments and why native plants are integral to the success of healthy ecosystems. Taming Wildflowers promises to build on her important legacy and continue to inspire others to share in her love of our native flora.”

— Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture, New England Wild Flower Society

“I have known Miriam through her work in the business of wildflowers for about 20 years. I have grown to admire her passion for wildflowers and the depth of her knowledge of this fascinating topic. She has achieved a level of awareness about the benefits of native plants that is unprecedented.”

— Mark Cullen, Canada’s best known gardener; garden expert for Canada AM on CTV; columnist for the Toronto Star; author of 18 garden books

"Taming Wildflowers is a user-friendly guide to more than 60 plants, with details on how to grow them, a list of pollinators they attract, how to arrange them for fresh bouquets or dry them as everlastings and much more."

— Nina Koziol, Chicago Tribune

“Native plants are survivors. They can take just about anything nature dishes out, and they can do it without human help, thank you very much. Yet so often, we tend to think of flowers that grow in the wild as less suitable for our gardens than plants bred for that purpose. Miriam Goldberger thinks otherwise. Goldberger, a flower farmer in Ontario, believes wildflowers belong in any garden or flower arrangement. She isn’t a purist — she even recommends some non-native annuals to add punch to a garden — but she does argue that wildflowers are beautiful in a cultivated setting and beneficial to wildlife and the earth. Goldberger’s book includes growing information for specific wildflowers, divided by season, as well as guidance on starting wildflowers from seed and creating gardens of wildflowers. She also offers instructions for harvesting those flowers and using them in floral designs, even wedding bouquets and arrangements."

— Knoxville Sentinel

"One thing is undeniable, wildflower proponent Miriam Goldberger says: We are starving our pollinators. To aid pollinators — and ultimately the planet — Goldberger makes a strong case for planting native blooms in her new book, Taming Wildflowers, “I love all flowers, but to me, wildflowers are the ultimate expression of floral perfection,” writes Goldberger, who co-owns a wildflower farm. “They are nature’s flawless plan for pollination, and they never fail to impress me with their flat-out beauty.” Wildflowers have a host of other attributes as well: They help with erosion control, tolerate weather extremes, and attract birds and other animals. And they require little care. Taming Wildflowers is packed with information. It covers basics — defining the difference between a wildflower and a weed, explaining the types of pollination, identifying pollinators. It even contains a section on designing arrangements with wildflowers, including bridal bouquets. But the heart of the book is a list of 60 favorite wildflowers and grasses, many native to the United States.... Taming Wildflowers is a good resource for those of us who enjoy a riotous flower bed full of life."

— The Columbus Dispatch

"Miriam Goldberger is a walking wildflower encyclopedia whose passion for native plants is contagious! In Taming Wildflowers, Miriam combines her enthusiasm and extensive knowledge with a smorgasbord of inspired and unique ideas. This new take on wildflower gardening is a must for anyone who wants to grow wildflowers or escape into the serenity and natural beauty native plants provide."

— Niki Jabbour, author of The Year Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens

"I've been wooed by wildflowers, thanks to expert Miriam Goldberger's essential handbook to growing these evocative plants. Pick up her smartly written and beautifully illustrated book and you'll fall in love with wildflowers, too. Miriam passionately shares how to grow wildflowers from seed, incorporate them into your landscape, plan a wildflower cutting garden and assemble gorgeous wildflower bouquets. This is an important guide for flower lovers and floral designers alike."

— Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet

“I will buy this book. Not only do I love wildflowers but it is also a beautiful book. I hope Taming Wildflowers will find its way into the world of garden and landscape designers.”

— Piet Oudolf, internationally acclaimed garden designer, nurseryman and author

"Taming Wildflowers is an exciting read for gardeners who are passionate about flowers and want to explore the prospect of growing natives for use in cut arrangements."

— Philip Bauerle, The American Gardener

“The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. We couldn’t ask for a better ambassador for that mission than Miriam Goldberger. Her new book, Taming Wildflowers, promises to inspire a new appreciation for the aesthetic value of wildflowers and native plants and the ecosystem services that they provide.”

— Damon Waitt, Senior Director and Botanist, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

"In her new book, Taming Wildflowers: Bringing the Beauty and Splendor of Nature’s Blooms Into Your Own Backyard, Goldberger shares her love story with wildflowers, as well as tons of information about planting and enjoying them. “The book is truly an assimilation of 25 years of experimenting with all different kinds of wildflowers”'

— Parade magazine

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