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Gardeners — What Hardiness Zone Are You In?

The United States Department of agriculture had updated its Plant Hardiness Zone Map, reflecting a more accurate picture of growing conditions in the United States. Canton, Michigan is currently in zone 6a and 50% of the country has a warmer zone assigned. Gardeners, nurseries and plant breeders are among those who use the map. Data also figures into research models for crop-risk insurance and the spread of exotic weeds and insects.

Contemporary Color in the Landscape

Contemporary color in the landscape : top designers, inspiring ideas, new combinations by Andrew Wilson — In addition to the directions and tips on using color, selecting a palette, creating intensity, harnessing contrast to create drama, color combinations, and information on other technical ways of using color in your garden, the photographs in this book would stand on their own. They're gorgeous, and terrific inspiration for gardeners or anyone who appreciates natural beauty.

2009 Design Excellence Award

Canton Public Library is the proud recipient of a Design Excellence Award for commercial landscape. The award was presented to the library by the Canton Committee for Community Excellence. The colorful READ berm, on the east side of the library facing Canton Center Road, was recognized by the Committee as promoting community pride. The library strives to be a pleasant, welcoming environment for the many patrons who visit. (A special thanks to Reliable Landscaping of Canton which does a wonderful job of taking care of the library grounds, especially the ladies who take care of the READ flowers.)

Backyards

backyardsBackyards: A Sunset Design Guide by Bridget Biscotti Bradley is full of beautiful images of backyard spaces that are, unlike those in many landscaping books, realistic for suburban homeowners like us. The spaces are reasonably sized and range in style from clean modern to cozy cottage and beyond. A bonus is that throughout, the author of the book provide tips on how to use native materials for a greener, more sustainable result.

Home Landscaping

Home Landscaping Home Landscaping offers a basic guide to landscaping around your house, including design, plant selection, dealing with pests, and more. Because it gives you the essential details on a wide variety of projects, this book is a great one to have around both when you're making plans and when you're ready to do the actual projects.