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Roll over to see the garden in winter

Photo by Richard Bitner of Cassandra Barrett's Garden in Eugene, Oregon, from Richard's most recent book "Designing with Conifers."   
Roll over the photo to see the impact of conifers in the winter garden
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Noteworthy Conifers

.Juniperus horizontalis
'Mother Lode'

Dwarf and slow-growing conifers deserve consideration as container plants, providing structure, form, and unique texture...

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Words of Wisdom

Leisure, slowness, contemplation: in an age of presumed efficiency and professionalism, these amateur virtues are perhaps despised, but they may underlie the greatest joys of gardening, and of life.  It is not enough to grow the most beautiful things. It is even better to explore them, to identify with them, and to grow into a rather new consciousness of them.

-- Henry Mitchell, The Essential Earthman

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Dr. Richard L. Bitner is a garden writer and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous national and regional magazines. He studied horticulture at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, where for many years he was an instructor in the Continuing Education program. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal Plant Award Committee, and has made it his mission to promote the appreciation and use of conifers. His most recent book is Designing with Conifers, available from Timber Press, publisher of his previous books: Conifers for Gardens and Timber Press Pocket Guide to Conifers. Richard contributes the 'Gardening Jouney' column monthly in Lancaster County Magazine.


Send email to Richard at conifers4gardens@aol.com

 
 
 
 

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DESIGNING WITH CONIFERS: THE BEST CHOICES FOR YEAR-ROUND INTEREST IN YOUR GARDEN
The best conifers for landscaping, and how to integrate them into your garden

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CONIFERS FOR GARDENS: AN ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA
Choosing and identifying conifers just got a whole lot easier.

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TIMBER PRESS POCKET GUIDE TO CONIFERS
The perfect portable guide — everything you need to choose and grow just the right conifer


 
 
 
     
All photographs are the work and property of Dr. Bitner, and may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of Dr. Richard L. Bitner.
 
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