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Deer-Resistant Design: fence free gardens that thrive despite the deer. Book cover. Timber Press 2019

This book has been written to encourage and inspire homeowners with stories and photographs of mature landscapes that have withstood the test of time and taste-testing of deer. It showcases 13 gardens across the United States that successfully co-exist with wildlife without resorting to fences or pouring concrete in despair. Each chapter features one tenacious gardener and tells the story of their garden, describing their personal design criteria, the challenges they face, and the strategies they employ as they refuse to be thwarted or compromise on their vision. Each homeowner also includes their favorite "Top 10 deer-resistant plants"; that's 130 inspirational starting points for you to consider.

Featured gardens are from : WA, OR, MI, TX, NC, NJ, NY,

Bonus chapter: 20 deer-resistant container gardens

Published by Timber Press, 2019

Available wherever books are sold including Barnes & Noble  and IndieBound

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Listen to this short interview on King 5 New Day Northwest to discover why designing a deer-resistant garden doesn't begin with the plants:


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Create a foliage-driven garden that dazzles!

The beauty of flowers is seductive, but flowers, by their fleeting nature, are a fickle base to provide long-lasting gardens with year-round interest. Tackle this problem with the advice in Gardening with Foliage First. Learn how to first build a framework of foliage and then layer in flowers and other artistic elements to add the finishing touches. This simple, recipe-style approach to garden design features 127 combinations for all seasons and both sunny and shady gardens that will work for a variety of climates and garden challenges, including deer, dry shade, and more.

This title is now out of print but used copies can still be found and it is available on Kindle


Listen to this short interview on Central Texas Gardener to understand how a Foliage First design style can transcend climates and help you succeed every time:


Award Winning Book

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The prestigious Garden Writers Association recognized Fine Foliage with a GOLD Medal for best gardening product published in 2013.

Also celebrated on Amazon as one of their Best Gardening Books of 2013! 

Foliage comes in a mind-boggling variety of color, shape and growth habit. But which ones complement each other and work best for the many garden situations people have? Fine Foliage gives the home gardener 60+ examples of plant combinations that work for every purpose, whether in sun or shade, path or meadow, porch or poolside. Each plant combination is introduced with an on-site photograph and “Why This Works” text, accompanied by individual close-up photos and quick-tip info about care, site, soil, zone and season – a complete “recipe” that even a beginner gardener can follow. Fine Foliage brings elegant, expert design and style to the garden and patio.

This title is now out of print but used copies can still be found and it is available on Kindle

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