Creating and Planting Garden Troughs, by Joyce Fingerut & Rex Murfitt Named
a Book of the Year 2000 by the American Horticultural Society. Available now in new edition with updated resource info.
AMERICAN GARDENING (Magazine of the American Horticultural Society): Selected as one of five Books of the Year 2000. "'This is a much needed practical guide to the construction, planting, and maintenance of hypertufa troughs,' says Marco Polo Stufano. Written in a down-to-earth style, the book also details the history of gardening in troughs and describes a wide variety of plants that can be combined creatively in them." May, 2000.
ROCK GARDEN QUARTERLY (Magazine of the North American Rock Garden Society), Loren Russell: "The strength of this book is Joyce Fingerut's clear and patient exposition of trough construction, greatly enhanced by the generous use of Jane Grushow's photographs of critical steps in the process. ... Moderately priced at $21, this well-illustrated book is an excellent value for anyone, experienced or not, who is interested in trough building." Spring, 1999.`
PACIFIC HORTICULTURE (Magazine of the California Horticultural Society), Richard G. Turner, Jr., Editor: "Much has been written ... on the fine art of making a garden trough. None, however, have come close to the thoroughness with which authors Fingerut and Murfitt have assembled this book on the fine art of crafting simulated stone troughs. ...The authors devote one-third of their book to a lengthy and detailed discussion of only about thirty genera of plants. But what a wonderful discourse it is, covering the natural origin of the genera, key species of interest, and specific needs for successful cultivation. ... In addition to the fabrication of troughs and the plants to fill them, the authors discuss the placement of troughs in a garden, appropriate soil mixes for different ecological groupings of plants, and care of the troughs once planted." July/August/September, 2000.
ALPINE GARDENING ON THE NET (Alan Grainger, UK): "This work is,
as the title implies, about garden troughs and NOT trough gardens. It has a
most comprehensive chapter (42 pages) on the construction of hypertufa
troughs covering everything from what materials to purchase, what tools to
use, how to make the moulds, and how to give your trough an 'authentic'
look. From my experience of trough making nothing appears to have been
missed. Joyce Fingerut has excelled in her meticulous attention to
detail." Summer, 1999.
THE BOOKWATCH: "Creating and Planting Garden Troughs is an
important addition to any personal or professional gardening reference book
BULLETIN OF THE ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY (UK): "A detailed study of
the use of troughs in gardens. The subject covers both stone troughs, sinks,
and artificial containers (including the construction of hypertufa troughs)
used for growing a wide range of alpine plants and dwarf shrubs. The
planting, cultivation and maintenance of troughs are all considered. There
is a chapter devoted to suitable plants for troughs as well as another with
planting plans. There are some colour photographs but the majority are
half-tone. Written from an American perspective and packed with
information." June, 2000.
Barbara Ellis, HARDY PLANT SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: "This book by
Philadelphia native Joyce Fingerut and Rex Murfitt, a gardener trans-
planted from England who now lives in British Columbia will appeal to
beginning and advanced trough gardeners alike. ... Chapter
Three covers planting: siting, soil mixes, and options for positioning the
plants and rocks that make troughs so appealing. It also covers care and
maintenance. Chapter Four, the largest one in the book, covers
plants—where to find them, how to select them, and species to
consider. The discussion of individual species includes cultural
information and provides dexcriptions of more adaptable species. The book
also includes planting plans for troughs as well as a list of sources and
resources." Winter, 2000.
HORTIDEAS: "...with plenty of photographs and line
drawings to guide the novice, this book not only shows how to make
hypertufa troughs (and other items, including garden ornaments), but also
how to plant in troughs—there are more than 50 pages devoted to
recommended plants! Obviously, the book to have if you are hyper about
Patricia Taylor, author, in THE TIMES, TRENTON: "What with the
recent drought, the growth of townhouse complexes and retirement
communities, and the development of new, easier to handle materials, I
believe many will find trough gardening increasingly appealing because it
allows a high degree of artistry in a very small space. You'll need search
no further than this book to get started on your own lovely creations"
THE GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA BULLETIN: Most garden tours now include
trough gardens in different shapes and sizes. It is fascinating to see not
only the variety of dimensions but also the assortments of plant materials.
Creating and Planting Garden Troughs is an excellent resource for those who
are interested in creating their own designs.The authors teach in great
detail how to consruct and plant lightweight hypertufa troughs. They also
supply the reader with lists of plants to use together, depending on space
and growing conditions. Sherie Mortimer, October/November 2000.