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    “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life” Book Review

    “Beatrix continued writing books and designing spin-off merchandise — toys, china, wallpaper, and the like — in part to fund her garden efforts.” Marta McDowell Summary: This easy-to-read biography may give you the feeling of being written by someone who knew her subject personally, but it was not!  In fact, Marta McDowell admits that she did […]

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    By Melva Tibbetts 9:49 am | September 5th 2015 (0) Comments
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    “Heaven Is A Garden” Book Review

    Summary: When’s the last time you read a gardening book cover to cover, all in one sitting?  Up until a few weeks ago, my answer to that question would have been, “A gardening book?  NEVER.”  But then I read “Heaven is a Garden.”  Cover to cover.  All in one sitting.  And then I read it again.  I’ll probably […]

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    By Gwen Holloway 9:39 pm | June 3rd 2015 (0) Comments
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    “Coffee for Roses” Book Review

    Summary: Like many (probably most) gardeners, I grew up hearing the popular garden myths and sayings. If Mom or Grandpa says it to you, it MUST be true, right? Guess what? Maybe not. This delightful book addresses many of these myths and sets us on the straight path. Title: Coffee for Roses: …and 70 Other Misleading […]

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    By ChristineGB 4:57 pm | April 7th 2015 (0) Comments
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    “Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest” Book Review

    Summary: One in a series of five vegetable garden guides, this particular one focuses on the Pacific Northwest, which is my home region. Each is written by local gardening experts. The author in for this book is Lorene Edwards Forkner, Editor, Pacific Horticulture. Title: The Timberpress Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest Genre: […]

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    By ChristineGB 9:14 am | March 9th 2015 (0) Comments
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    “Succulents Simplified” Book Review

    Summary: If the description, “Low water plants for lazy gardeners” is music to your ears, then succulents may be the answer to your “I-want-to-garden-but-don’t-have-time-for-needy-plants” prayers! If so, you’ll not find a more comprehensive and beautifully designed resource to assist you in your quest for knowledge about these fantastic (and hallelujah, low maintenance!) creatures. Title: Succulents Simplified – Growing, Designing, and […]

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    By Gwen Holloway 1:36 pm | February 16th 2015 (1) Comment
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    “Garden-pedia: An A-to-Z Guide to Gardening Terms” Book Review

    Summary: What a fun, and HELPFUL book! I don’t know about you, but remembering all the Latin names and terminology used by super experienced gardeners sometimes leave me confused. Even though I’ve been gardening for almost 30 years, I still find myself at a loss sometimes trying to keep up with the garden jargon. Here’s […]

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    By ChristineGB 5:31 pm | February 8th 2015 (0) Comments
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    “The Backyard Parables – Lessons on Gardening, and Life” Book Review

    Summary: A well written book by Margaret Roach, written as both a memoir about her ongoing life in her county garden, and garden tips and instructions. It covers a year of time in her garden, with sections about her activities, as well as wonderful inserts filled with garden tips. But it’s more than that. She […]

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    By ChristineGB 1:28 pm | January 11th 2015 (0) Comments
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    “The Secret Garden” – Young Children’s Illustrated Version Book Review

    Summary: A delightful children’s hardcover book based on the original story by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and illustrated by Laura Wood. Geared towards younger children in a lovely, padded edition. Genre: Children’s Books Gardening Experience Level: Beginning Readers, and Gardeners of all ages with children in their lives Title: The Secret Garden Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett, […]

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    By ChristineGB 1:02 pm | January 11th 2015 (0) Comments
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    “Growing Orchids: Successful Gardening Indoors and Out” Book Review

    Summary: I’ve always enjoyed orchids, and have received a few over the years as housewarming or birthday gifts.  I love their gorgeous blooms, and have some mild success in getting a few to re-bloom. I didn’t really know how or why, though. I have to confess I’ve thrown a few out in frustration when they […]

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    By ChristineGB 11:07 am | December 16th 2014 (0) Comments
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    Top 10 Garden Book Gift Suggestions

    I am a reader. And I am an avid gardener. Combine the two, and I am in heaven. Sound like anyone on your holiday gift list? These recommended garden books are sure to delight, inform, and inspire your favorite reading gardener. Each of these books bring great ideas, inspiration, and just plain enjoyment for the gardening […]

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    By ChristineGB 10:34 pm | December 9th 2014 (0) Comments