Adventures in Texas Gardening
Gardening, Gardens
6 x 9, 232 pp.
68 photos. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 06/07/2017
Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series
  flexbound (with flaps)
Price:        $26.00

978-1-62349-517-6

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Adventures in Texas Gardening

Bill Scheick

Gardening in Texas is not for the faint of heart or weak-willed. Given the remarkable variety of soils, climate ranges, and the obstacles of stifling heat, humidity, and drought, the dedication of so many gardening enthusiasts speaks to the powerful hold plants have over people.

Living and gardening in Central Texas since 1969, Bill Scheick has celebrated successes and analyzed failures. Techniques and plants that worked in one yard did not necessarily work in another just a few miles away. In Adventures in Texas Gardening, Scheick shares, through personal accounts as well as stories from fellow gardeners, big gardening efforts—transforming an entire backyard, dealing with unruly pets and marauding wildlife, and fostering vanishing bees. Attention is also given to other challenges, such as soil erosion and yard contamination.

With a firm understanding of horticulture and a good dose of humor, Scheick offers beginning and experienced gardeners a resource for inspiration, information, and commiseration as they pursue their own gardening adventures in Texas.

BILL SCHEICK has written numerous gardening articles for the Dallas Morning News, Austin-American Statesman, Native Plant Society of Texas Newsletter, Tropical Treasures Magazine, and Texas Gardener, where he currently serves as a contributing editor. A professor emeritus of English at the University of Texas at Austin, he gardens in Oak Hill and Fredericksburg.

What Readers Are Saying:

“If you've gardened in Texas for more than one season you have no doubt found the experiences and advice of writers from other parts of the country to be frustratingly inapplicable to landscaping and gardening here in the Lone Star State. Bill Scheick's sense of humor and years of practical experience combine to create a very enjoyable and entertaining book that will provide a wealth of locally applicable perspectives and information for both new and experienced Texas gardeners.”—Robert “Skip” Richter, garden writer, author of Texas Month by Month Gardening

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