The 450-page book is organized into 106 mostly short, topic specific chapters/essays with extensive cross-referencing and indexing. It offers candid, insightful and succinct explanations emphasizing trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials, but practically nothing on indoor ornamentals. It will reduce the likelihood of expensive and time-consuming missteps. However, it is not the typical gardening book (i.e., it DOES NOT feature page after page of color photos, aka plant porn). The intent is for the book to be complemented with Internet images. The text also contains a healthy smattering of environmental, historical and social commentary.
While the plants selections are tailored to the prevailing climatic conditions as well as the physiography of central Indiana, they also apply to adjacent regions, especially east and west. Much of the remaining information is applicable regardless of geographic location.
Rantings of a Mad Botanist (hardcopy)