I am new to AZ

vickijApril 9, 2011

I am new to AZ and live in Carefree. Can you suggest the best books to read that will give me a great introduction to gardening and landscaping in AZ?

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thisisme(az9b)

Here are a few you may find helpful.

Month by Month Gardening in the Deserts of Arizona (Month-By-Month Gardening in the Desert Southwest
http://www.amazon.com/Gardening-Deserts-Arizona-Month-Southwest/dp/1591863457

Arizona Gardener's Guide
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1888608420/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1591863457&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0XY05367CCG6GV0P0JSQ

Plants For Dry Climates: How To Select, Grow, And Enjoy, Revised Edition
http://www.amazon.com/Plants-Dry-Climates-Select-Revised/dp/1555612512/ref=pd_sim_b_10

Gardening in the Desert: A Guide to Plant Selection and Care
http://www.amazon.com/Gardening-Desert-Guide-Plant-Selection/dp/0816520577/ref=pd_sim_b_2

Desert Gardening
http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Gardening-Brookbank/dp/1555610021/ref=pd_sim_b_4#_

Deciduous Fruit and Nuts for the low desert
http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/az1269

Tom�s Picks 21 Low Chill Winners
http://www.davewilson.com/homegrown/all_tom/tomPicks.html

Fruit Trees for Arizona
http://www.gardeninginarizona.com/FruitTrees2.html

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 12:39PM
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erro15(9)

Hi Vicki!

I'm not new to AZ but I am new to gardening. I have been using the Arizona Master Gardener's manual for reference online at times. It's free to view online at the link below. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Arizona Master Gardener Manual

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 12:41PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Welcome to Arizona and the forum. We hope to see a lot of posts from you. :)

I LOVE the books that thisisme suggested. I've got each one of them and really love them. One other one to think about is Palm Springs Garden Style which has tons of great pics, plus the sort of personal gardening plant experiences that only someone from our climate would know about and describe. I'll put a link to it online below, but most larger local bookstores should have a copy too.

Let us know which books you read and which you find useful and helpful, and keep us posted on your garden!

Welcome again,
Grant

Here is a link that might be useful: Palm Springs Style Gardening

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 12:51PM
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EarthSmartDesign

I have used Native Plants for Southwestern Landscape by Judy Mielke. She is a local landscape designer. Also The Arizona Low Desrert Flower Garden by Kirti Mathura is helpful for flowering plants.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 9:22AM
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frodin1

Don't trust any book. We run a nursery out here and have so many people come to us asking for items that just don't make it out here! Your best bet is go to a local nursery and see what they have. On average we get approximately 10 calls a week for plants and trees that just don't fly in our climate. Thanks JP

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 9:02PM
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tracydr(9b)

I just finished Extreme Gardening. It was OK. But kind of repetitive. He could have written it in about twenty pages since he repeated the same thing so much.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 12:50AM
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zone10aridgardener

Dont rely to much on books. Learn stuff online, and from books, then figure out what methods are good for you.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 12:34AM
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