Derek Fell is an award-winning garden designer and photographer and the author of more than a hundred gardening books and calendars, including Encyclopedia of Garden Design and Structure. His articles are published worldwide. Derek Fell lives in Pennsylvania at historic Cedaridge Farm, for which he has won several awards for design excellence.
In all, there are 675 recommendations, together with useful advice.--Ian Munt"The Sudbury Star" (06/05/2007) There are so many beautiful color photographs that one could plan a garden simply by flipping through the pages.--Jessica Damiano"Newsday" (08/23/2007) This book will be a worthwhile addition to any gadener's library and will be especially useful when planning a new garden.--David Hobson"The Record (Kitchener)" (04/07/2007) [starred review] Fell concentrates on over 1000 "iron-clad" hardy plants, from trees that wil live hundreds of years to annuals to fill in your beds during the summer and fall.--Eboni A. Francis"Library Journal" (11/15/2007) An excellent idea book.--Joel M. Lerner"The Journal News-Southern Westchester" (08/09/2007) The key to successful gardening is to get the right plant in the right place. This book helps, as it offers clear information -- all the essential cultural facts you need for success.-- (01/05/2008) A pleasure to browse through, this reference for cold-climate gardeners has loads of lovely images.... Fell concentrates on what he calls "iron-clad" hardies. This would make a good gift for an adventurous gardener.-- (06/21/2007) We cannot know, until we've tried them ourselves, which plants will thrive in our gardens. This encyclopedia can save considerable frustration and money by offering us a starting point for our own experimentation.-- (06/01/2007) Handsomely illustrated ... informative ... concise and helpful.-- (05/19/2007) This book challenges strict adherence to the hardiness zone system and encourages readers to explore their garden's microclimates.... Its directory format provides quick retrieval of specific data on 675 recommended plants... This resource book offers readers new choices of beautiful and useful plants that survive our sometimes difficult climate.-- (08/01/2007) Contains more than 700 recommended plants that are hardy, meaning they will survive over winter in coastal gardens. The key to successful gardening is to get the right plant in the right place. This book helps, as it offers clear information -- all the essential cultural facts you need for success.-- (12/14/2007) For bee gardeners in cold climates, this title by Derek Fell is invaluable.--Bee Culture (01/01/2009) Not so much comprehensive as it is selective, focusing on "iron-clad hardy" plants that can survive tough winters... Overall, the emphasis is on beautiful plants that are easy to find and care for.-- (12/18/2007) This encyclopedia has good basic information on each of the many plants covered. The photographs are all excellent. It will prove to be very useful for gardeners in northern regions... It is a good practical guide. This encyclopedia is recommended.-- (01/01/2008) Fell reveals 700 "iron clad" choices of our less-than-perfect climate. Descriptions are short, with clear photos. Great for anyone embarking on a new garden -- or a keener in search of something different.-- (12/13/2008) A good variety of plants are presented with recommendations as to where they should be planteed, with beautiful color photographs.--The Packet [Clarenville NL] (06/23/2008) Handsomely illustrated.... What sets this book apart is the author's remarks about how the individual plant can be best used in the landscape.-- (03/01/2007)