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Jo Ann's Gardner's interest in silvers began on her first trip to Israel in the mid 80s, where she was overwhelmed by the beauty of the native flora, especially silver plants growing along roadsides like weeds. She saw shimmering salvias and wild lavender growing among rocks, and in the Negev Desert she observed white wormwood, a low shrub, spreading as far as the eye could see, interspersed with sun rose in shades of rose and pink as if planted by a garden designer. The view of Mediterranean silver plants was inspiring to Jo Ann. When she met Karen Bussolini at a Garden Writers Conference and they discovered a shared passion for silver plants, it was a blend of sensitivities. They found in each other a combination of writing and photography skills that was a perfect fit. Jo Ann has written for numerous publications including Horticulture, Country Journal, Old House Journal, Garden Magazine, and Herb Quarterly. She is also a member of the Garden Writers Association. Jo Ann Gardner currently resides in the foothills of the Adirondacks in New York's lush Champlain Valley where she and her husband, Jigs, are reestablishing a small farm and garden. They are involved in volunteer work for the local nursing home, where they are developing extensive gardens. Karen Bussolini has been a gardener for as long as she can remember. She originally trained as a painter and had a career as an architectural photographer before specializing in garden photography, writing, and lecturing. An active member of the Garden Writers Association, Karen has long been involved in organic, environmentally conscious gardening and has an abiding interest in herbs. She was the sole photographer for five books including Elegant Silvers: Striking Plants for Every Garden, which she co-wrote with Jo Ann Gardner. Karen's writing and photography appear frequently in Garden Design, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, The American Gardener, and Connecticut Home and Garden, and she is best known for writing about personal garden experiences. She has lectured at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the New England Spring Flower Show, the Maymont Flower Show, and to other groups throughout the United States, and she won Garden Writers Association's photography awards in 2001, 2004, and 2007. When photographing, she sees the world through the eyes of a gardener and painter. Although she travels far and wide, her roots are sunk deeply into the soil of a deer-infested mountainside in South Kent, Connecticut, where she gardens and lives with her family.
Helpful information on growing and placing each plant, and the best varieties to use. -- Joanne S. Carpender National Gardener 20050202 A bible, if you will, of the increasingly popular plants with the metallic moniker. Metropolitan Home 20050409 Karen Bussolini and Jo Ann Gardner have selected and illustrated the best candidates for a broad range of growing and design needs. Perennial Plant Association Newsletter 20050322 Elegant Silvers is the first comprehensive reference guide to these plants published in this country. -- Bruce Morse Lakeville Journal 20050303 More than half of this new book is devoted to plant-by-plant rundowns of seductive silvers, but it also tells how to use silvers well in the garden and shows some great examples from around the world. Harrisburg Patriot-News 20050317 This book is a gold mine and a cause for celebration: a well-researched guide to silvery plants that thrive in this region. -- Lili Singer Los Angeles Times 20050407 Full of wonderful ideas on how to utilize some of the more tender varietal annuals and has a particularly useful appendix of "Beautiful Silvers for Tough Places." In all, an elegant volume on a much needed subject. -- Michael Weishan Michael Weishan's World of Gardening 20050512 If you're looking for some great new plants to try, look no further! Country Almanac 20050517 The book pays homage to the breadth and variety of silvers, with photographs that Ms. Bussolini compiled over several years of visiting public and private gardens around the country, and offers detailed practical advice for incorporating them into your garden. -- Tamara Tragakiss Litchfield County Times Monthly 20050517 This will be the plant bible that saves your garden from the fires of hell... Text-rich and Latin-heavy, this is a perfect reference for serious gardeners and thirsty gardens. -- Marianne Binetti Seattle Post-Intelligencer 20050606 There is something refreshing about a patch of silver in the garden. -- Jean Starr Munster (IN) Times 20050421 A book to think about and admire... as handsome as the many plants it describes. -- Anne Farrow Hartford Courant 20050610 It is a rigorous, informative book and a good read. The experienced authors allow themselves enthusiasms that reach out to the reader. -- Jill Billington Garden (Peterborough) 20050511 It is a volume to savor, to come back to time and again, to display and to treasure. -- Kathleen Halloran Herb Companion 20050713 Karen's love of silvers runs through the book in both words and photos. -- Irene Virag Newsday 20050710 Informative, practical, illustrated with color photographs. While I've long recognized the uses of silvery plants, I now have a greater appreciation for these stunning and oh-so-useful plants. Who would not want some of these shimmering beauties in the garden? -- Ethel Fried Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer 20050625 This book will open your eyes to the vast array of silver-foliaged plants... The photography is as useful as the words in helping the authors make their points and helping the reader to clearly understand the messages being conveyed. A must-have reference book for all serious gardeners. -- Lorraine Ballato Housatonic Home 20050725 Every aspect of plants with silver foliage is covered in this valuable new book. -- Graham Rice American Gardener 20050729 Consistently excellent composition and color reproduction of the nearly 120 photos by coauthor Bussolini ... highly recommended. -- G. D. Dreyer Choice 20050909 The choices are as varied as your imagination and your sense of design. A sterling presentation. -- George Graine Graine Thumb 20050101 This in-depth guide to plants of uncommon beauty and versatility is certain to change the way you see and plant your garden. Michigan Gardener 20050901 Highly recommended for any gardener or landscaper who wants to take horticultural design to the next level of creativity and depth of luminous beauty. Biology Digest 20051201 I can now recommend Elegant Silvers ... as an excellent 'how-to-have-a-silver-garden' guide. -- John Witworth Dig This! 20060301 A must-have book that will help you introduce silver into your garden. It is beneficial for anyone, not just shade gardeners. I love the chapter on designing with silvers. The plant lists, such as "Beautiful Silvers for Tough Places," really help. ... Well worth it. -- Linda Cobb Spartanburg Herald-Journal 20060718 Here is a guide, and a grand one, for the growing and placing of plants defined as 'silver.' -- Jim Dronenburg Water Gardener 20070501 So well written and amply illustrated with outstanding photographs, it will remain a work that lovers of gardening will keep in their permanent collection. -- Frank La Rosa Del Mar Village Voice 20080313 Whether you decide to add a dash of quicksilver or the soothing perfume of an ancient herb, this in-depth guide to plants of uncommon beauty and versatility is certain to change the way you see and plant your garden. Sierra Heritage Magazine 20080501