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 experience. Honestly, I had a difficult time paring down the list of favorites to just ten, but in the interest of brevity, these are the ones that earned a place on this year’s list:
Is your life even remotely like mine? Meaning too many to-do’s on your daily list, family, work, etc. Sometimes the passions such as gardening get pushed to the side, based on our assumption that we have SO many things we’d like to accomplish each growing season, but those “projects” will just take too long to complete.
Enter, the solution. Gardening in small steps. This book presents Quick Fixes, Easy Projects, and Techniques. The section on Techniques, for example, provide short simple steps, along with photos illustrating the steps. Next up are suggestions for Easy-Care Plants, which includes photos, zones, amount of light needed, watering needs, and a simple How to Grow It section.
A great book for suggestions on keeping gardening basic. Also great for new gardeners as a simple, easy to follow guide.
Oh. My. Gosh. Another new favorite garden book! I discovered this book while attending the NW Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, WA last winter. This book was all the buzz! Now I understand why.
The author dedicated 18 months to tracking (stalking?) avid garden experts to learn how and why they grow their food. The book is written with chapters on 73 different real-life examples of food gardens by gardeners. Each has a description/outline with how-to’s and a visual plan for the garden, along with plant lists, and in most cases, colorful drawings.
If you want to be inspired, or inspire others to grow food, get this book!
If you have a lifelong love affair with bulbs, or are just discovering them, and want to seek out some great information about them, this is a great book. Written by Anna Pavord, sections are set up alphabetically by bulb name, with sections listing varieties for major types, such as Allium. Each listing has gorgeous photos and information such as Season, Hardiness, Height, and Habitat. The final section is ‘How to grow bulbs’ with planting guides, bulbs by season and more.
Read this book and fall in love with bulbs.
New to gardening and landscaping? Ready to convert that boring grass & bark area to something green, and colorful, with benches to sit on, trees to sit under, flowers to smell, a patio you can entertain on….but don’t quite know where and how to begin?
This book is for you, or to gift to someone with a new yard. It covers the full scope of basic landscaping, starting with Planning & Design, to Outdoor Rooms, to Planting and Maintenance. It has a great section on Plant Selection towards the end, along with 30+ pages of plant suggestions, as well as Glossary, Hardiness Zone and Frost Date maps, and Resources.
An excellent, well organized guide to motivate you to create the garden paradise you dream of!
My personal copy of this resource book is coffee stained. I’ve been referring to it for the past 20 years. For North American Gardeners, this fully illustrated encyclopedia of outdoor ornamental plants contains so much information, you’ll find yourself both utilizing its expertise for gardening, but also browsing through it on rainy evenings simply for the overwhelming number of colorful photographs of plants.
It covers the six distinct regions in North America and contains information from 35 expert gardening consultants. Sections include an opener regarding enjoying your garden, to Design, Landscape Elements, Special Gardens, Gallery of Plants, and an Encyclopedia of Plants. Next it moves to Growing Healthy Plants through the Soil, Planting, Division of Plants, and Ongoing Care. Lastly, a Zone Map, Glossary, and Index. With almost 600 pages, it pretty much covers everything you want or need to know.
You’ll not regret purchasing this book!
I had the distinct pleasure of hearing this author, Debra Lee Baldwin speak at the 2014 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show….and she’s fabulous. She literally had the audience ‘ooing’ and ‘aahhing’ at the slide show as she spoke of new succulents, and the fabulous displays she creates with them.
For those of you who recently discovered succulents, or perhaps have some initial pots of them from last summer on your patio, this books is for you! Ms. Baldwin has included a ton of wonderful color photos of succulents to enjoy, along with sections on enjoying, growing and designing with succulents. She then moves on to cover How-To projects that showcase these gorgeous plants. Finally, part three covers 100+ easy care succulents for you to try.
This wonderful book speaks to the trend in the past few years of urban and suburban gardeners viewing those grass parking strips as both a pain to care for, and another area of the yard that could be planted with gorgeous plants. Any gardener will enjoy the gorgeous photos and examples from across the US. Even if you start out against the idea of planting the parking strip areas…this book may just change your mind.
Be prepared to be inspired.
A MUST HAVE for anyone interested in growing these types of plants, whether in large or small quantities. It’s full of useful information, as well as lots of interesting facts and recipes. Each plant described has color photos, examples about varieties, best conditions to grow successfully, and in many cases culinary uses for the plants.
Readers will find themselves referencing this book often.
I loved this book! So many great ideas about how to incorporate edible plants into your garden beds. The photographs are fabulous, the ideas are great, and Durie shares examples of real people who’ve implemented the practice in their own gardens. Readers will come away inspired to try at least a few of the ideas in their own next spring and summer.
What could be better than enjoying meals with food from your own yard?!
Still one of my favorite garden books. It’s not exactly a garden book, more of the account of Margaret Roachs’ personal journey to become a full-fledged gardener. She fled her high powered NYC life to live in upstate New York. Over the next few years, after enduring much time alone and experiencing several seasons passing in her new home, she finds herself learning lessons about life, as well as finds a new respect for her garden and its inhabitants.
This is a great gift book for any gardener who also enjoys reading and personal stories.
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