Barbara L. Bowling (formerly Goulart) names small fruits as one of her greatest passions. She has worked as a professor of horticulture since 1984, having started her career as an assistant professor of pomology at Rutgers University. She has since taught and conducted research at the Pennsylvania State University through 1999. An active researcher and educator of small-fruit growers and enthusiasts, Barbara frequently lectured at the regional and national level and contributed to a variety of industry publications. Her many articles and abstracts have appeared in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science and HortScience, as well as numerous grower publications and proceedings from meetings. She has served as the associate editor of HortScience, editor of the North American Bramble Growers Association Newsletter, and chairperson of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences' Viticulture and Small Fruit Working Group. Barbara is a member of the American Pomological Society, the North American Strawberry Growers Association, the North American Bramble Growers and the American Society for Horticultural Science. She is currently between careers, living in Boise, Idaho.
The only thing missing from Bowling's berry book is some freshly whipped cream and fluffy homemade shortcake; otherwise, this is as complete a guide to growing these delectable fruits as a gardener could want. Booklist 20001001 [Barbara L. Bowling's] style is warm and readable, and her enthusiasm for these plants is contagious. Berry Works News 20001001 [The author's] own enthusiasm for the subjects is apparent throughout the book as she converses like an old friend. -- Robin Farrel Edmunds ForeWord 20010119 This tome is a great reference, full of useable information and readable text. -- Dale Langford Rocky Mountain News 20001217 Whether you are a beginner or a professional in berry growing, The Berry Grower's Companion will be a useful book listing varieties for different regions and giving important tips, reminders and up-to-date advice. North American Bramble Growers Association Newsletter 20010123 This book supersedes all earlier books on producing 'major' small fruit ... organized superbly, nicely indexed ... best book of its type! HortIdeas 20010125 The most comprehensive berry book we have seen. The expert author extensively explains cultivar selection, diseases, soils, pruning and using berries in your landscape. It even includes grapes, currants, gooseberries and minor fruits. Beautiful photos and illustrations. A must for the serious home berry grower's library. Raintree Nursery Catalog 20010129 This book covers strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and more-small fruit that can produce bountiful harvests ... American Gardener 20010322 The Berry Grower's Companion ... is much like its subject matter: full of substance, jam-packed with enriching material, and very flavorful ... Entertaining-a work for both the berry gardener and the berry lover ... Her work is indispensable. American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta Newsletter 20010122 Bowling has presented a thorough treatment of the science and art of selecting, growing, caring for, maintaining, using, and everything else but eating all kinds of berries ... -- Paul A. Mogren American Reference Books Annual 20010425 The author's enthusiasm and her passion for the subject are obvious, as are her knowledge and practical experience. -- Jim Arbury Garden (Peterborough) 20010523 A charming, personable, and information--packed book . SciTech Book News 20010315 This is by far the best book on berries I've seen. -- John Van de Water Newark Star-Ledger 20010513 The berry fruits are an important interest for many gardeners, but the best berry books are long out-of-print, so we welcome "The Berry Grower's Companion". Avant Gardener 20010629 Beginner and novice alike will find more than enough guidance on fertilization, pruning, trellising, and harvesting, as well as the simplest and least toxic ways to control pests and diseases. -- Roer B. Swain Horticulture 20010816 This is a must for any serious berry grower. You won't need any other book! -- Alana Mezo Chicago Botanic Garden 20010820 A book useful for all berry growers from the beginner to commercial operations. National Gardener 20010817 You will feel like going out and buying multiple berry plants to tuck into your landscape. National Gardener 20010817 It should prove an indispensable guide for beginning and professional berry growers alike. Berry Grower's Companion 20010825 The book is written in an easily readable and highly enjoyable form, with good lessons in biology as well as the practical aspects of growing your own. -- Guy Nesom Sida, Contributions to Botany 20011015 A comprehensive guide to growing everything from strawberries to blueberries. Library Journal 20011210 If you are a garedener or berry grower, The Berry Grower's Companion is the book for you! Greensboro Watchman 20030626