John Cretti .....

Horticulturist/Gardening with an ALTITUDE

Rocky Mountain gardening is

      different .....

Rocky Mountain Getting Started Garden Guide
This book is designed to give you the needed information for selecting and growing the best flowers, shrubs, trees, vines and ground covers. 

Month-by-Month Gardening Rocky Mountain
What To Do Each Month To Have A Beautiful Garden All Year

ROCKY MOUNTAIN Gardener's Handbook

Latest Books

Welcome to My Website!

Gardening in the Rocky Mountain Region is not only gratifying, but it can be an adventure, due in part to our climate and soils. Few regions on earth possess such diversity of climates and plant communities—from the higher elevations to the large expanses of the High Plains. Rugged, rocky slopes and snow-capped mountain peaks rise above vast basins, lakes, and alpine meadows. We have some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Our region is separated from large bodies of water by expanses of soaring mountains, foothills, plains, and even deserts. You are likely to find moist conditions at higher elevations and along the river drainages. It is not uncommon for drought to occur anywhere in our region at almost any time of year.

Weather is fickle here; from extreme temperature fluctuations, plant-damaging late spring snow storms, frosts, high winds, flash floods, drought, rain, to long periods of no rain, then hail the size of golf balls, (often called “the white combine” by farmers), and everything in between.

I’m here to help you become a successful gardener in our region, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just a beginner. Check out my various books at Cool Springs Press.   Many are also available at your local garden center, bookstores, and on line at Amazon.