Since its genesis in 1980, Crosby Arboretum in southern
Mississippi has attracted international recognition for its
contributions to architecture, biology, and landscape design. Now
owned and operated by Mississippi State University, Crosby is the
first fully realized ecologically designed arboretum in the United
States and the premier native plant conservatory in the
Former site director and curator Robert F. Brzuszek provides a
detailed survey of the arboretum's origins, planning, construction,
and ongoing management. More than just a botanical center, Crosby
emerged as one of the first American landscape projects to
successfully balance natural habitat and planned design. The book's
generous selection of photographs and drawings illustrate the
beauty and purpose of the site's components: the award-winning
Pinecote Pavilion, designed by architect Fay Jones; a 104-acre
focus area that includes the Piney Woods Lake, which displays
native water plants in their natural setting; and seven hundred
additional acres of savanna, woodland, and aquatic environments
that nurture more than 300 species of indigenous trees, shrubs,
wildflowers, and grasses.
Utilizing the interactions between two opposing natural forces
-- fire and water -- Crosby Arboretum protects the biological
diversity indigenous to the Pearl River Drainage Basin, in southern
Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana. Brzuszek's inspiring and
informative account will help further Crosby's role as a model of
sustainable landscape design and management across the country.
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