Gardening Book

Rain Gardening in the South: Ecologically Designed Gardens for Drought, Deluge, and Everything in Between is the first title from Eno Publishers based out of Hillsborough, North Carolina. The book was written by NC State University horticulturalists Helen Krauss and Anne Spafford and I designed the book this past winter.

I’m happy to report the book is back from the bindery and looks great.
144 pages in full color, trim size is 7.25 x 9.5.


The book features a healthy amount of color photography (both finished gardens and construction/in process shots) as well as helpful drawings, diagrams, tables, and a wonderful plant index that is sure to be used for many years down the line. I’ve already enjoyed using it several times as I get deeper into year three of the garden at the Wofford/Kao homestead.

Rain Gardening gives practical, clear step by step advice to beginning and intermediate level gardeners in how to create a garden landscape that makes the most of rainwater on your site. Specifically, the clear and informative prose details how to intelligently create different hydrozones in order to create different plant climates so that you can have a variety of plants on your lot. Of course, the gardening strategies discussed in detail do tremendous benefit to reducing pollution by filtering contaminants from runoff that might normally shoot straight to the creeks or stormwater system. Additionally, gardens are created that make the most of the rainwater and don’t require intensive watering.

The book goes through planning, design, installation, maintenance, trouble-shooting, as well as providing a soil primer to accompany the 22 page plant index. The book will be useful not only to gardeners across North Carolina but those in the entire Piedmont region.

Some spreads from the book below. You can purchase this here at the shop anytime for $19.95. Anyone who buys two copies (one for you, one for a friend) will receive a free set of letterpress cards.


More about the publisher…

Eno Publishers is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to producing high-quality books in all formats about the culture and history of the Carolinas and the South. From the arts and its imaginative cuisine to its much storied and complicated past to the environment and the way we live in it, the South is fertile ground for publishing. Eno looks forward to publishing several books each year that explore exciting and creative aspects of life in this region.


3 Responses to “Gardening Book”

  1. Anne Spafford Says:

    Thanks, Dave!!! This is splendid–You did such a lovely, LOVELY job!!! Many thank you’s!

  2. Dave, it’s beautiful! Kudos!

  3. this book is awesome in its organized, helpful north-carolinaness. i can’t wait to buy it for my boyfriend.

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