In this fresh take on an iconic gardening style, Joseph Tychonievich, one of America's foremost young horticulturists, shows how stones and plants can work together in exciting new ways. Besides providing a low-maintenance solution to chronic drought and time constraints, the rock garden is also remarkably versatile. Discover the best plants for a beautiful display and visit unique rock gardens around the world. Rock Gardening is filled with inspiration for beginners and enthusiasts alike. Rock gardening—the art of growing alpines and other miniature plants in the company of rocks in order to recreate the look of a rugged mountaintop—has been surging in popularity. Time and space constraints, chronic drought in the American West, and a trend toward architectural plants are just a few of the reasons for the increased interest. Rock Gardening brings this traditional style to a new generation of gardeners. It includes a survey of gorgeous rock gardens from around the world, the techniques and methods specific to creating and maintaining a rock garden, and profiles of the top 50 rock garden plants.
Joseph Tychonievich studied horticulture, plant breeding, and genetics at the Ohio State University and was the nursery manager at Arrowhead Alpines, a premier rock garden nursery in Fowlerville, Michigan. He spent a summer working at Shibamichi Honten Nursery in Japan and has been a repeat guest on public radio's food show The Splendid Table. Starting from tthe age of five when he asked his parents for seeds for his birthday, Joseph has had a deep and abiding obsession with just about everything photosynthetic, from the vegetable garden to the rock garden. Organic Gardening Magazine called him one of "six young horticulturalists who are helping to shape how America gardens."