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Taming Wildflowers

The book: "Taming Wildflowers" by Miriam Goldberger (St. Lynne's Press, $18.95)

Details: Native plants are survivors. They can take just about anything nature dishes out, and they can do it without human help, thank you very much.

Yet so often, we tend to think of flowers that grow in the wild as less suitable for our gardens than plants bred for that purpose.

Miriam Goldberger thinks otherwise.

Goldberger, a flower farmer in Ontario, believes wildflowers belong in any garden or flower arrangement. She isn't a purist -- she even recommends some non-native annuals to add punch to a garden -- but she does argue that wildflowers are beautiful in a cultivated setting and beneficial to wildlife and the earth.

Goldberger's book includes growing information for specific wildflowers, divided by season, as well as guidance on starting wildflowers from seed and creating gardens of wildflowers. She also offers instructions for harvesting those flowers and using them in floral designs, even wedding bouquets and arrangements.

-- Tribune News Service

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