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An American Cutting Garden

A Primer for Growing Cut Flowers Where Summers Are Hot and Winters Are Cold
Suzanne McIntire

BUY Cloth · 312 pp. · 5.75 × 9 · ISBN 9780813920627 · $35.00 · Feb 2002
BUY Paper · 312 pp. · 5.75 × 9 · ISBN 9780813923277 · $16.95 · Dec 2004

In An American Cutting Garden Suzanne McIntire describes how to plan a cutting garden, choose suitable plants, keep the garden in good order, and harvest a bountiful crop—all with charm and humor. Using both common and botanical names, she discusses in depth a wide variety of herbaceous perennials, biennials, annuals, and bulbs. McIntire includes information on topics such as the length of stems one might expect from the cutting garden, how many plants are needed of any one kind, when and how to sow seed outdoors, the heat-hardiness of plants, and strategies for coping with the effects of hot summers and cold winters.

Suzanne McIntire is a freelance writer and seasoned veteran of gardening in northern Virginia. She is the editor of The American Heritage Book of Great American Speeches for Young People.


"A useful addition to every flower arranger’s bookshelf, this is a book to have at hand when you place your seed/plant order.

American Gardener

"A refreshing ‘how-to’ book for creating a cutting garden. McIntire writes with a wonderful sense of humor and provides continually useful information throughout the book.

Holly H. Shimizu, cohost of PBS’s The Victory Garden and Executive Director, U.S. Botanic Garden

]"For those who would rather grow bouquets than buy them.... First buy the ultimate primer for growing cut flowers, An American Cutting Gardenby Suzanne McIntire. This book offers everything you need to know about growing a cutting garden—preparing a site, laying it out, coordinating bloom, harvesting. It covers the culture of hundreds of annuals, biennials, bulbs and other perennials. Its appendixes include instructions for starting seeds under lights, lists of plants and resources for materials.

Washington Post

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