Favorite Book Recommendation

nwgatreasures(7)June 6, 2010

I've just spent the past 3 days sitting in my new backyard swing escaping into 10 landscaping books that I picked up from a used book store.

What heaven. What plans. What dreams. What a beautiful world God created for us to enjoy and develop.

It got me to thinking, is there a landscaping book on your shelf that you wouldn't want to do without?

I'd like to know which ones are your favorites.



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My very favorite is Gaia's Garden, and my next favorite is Bringing Nature Home.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 8:53AM
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Southern Living Garden Book -- love it. I need to buy myself a new copy because I'll often bring it on nursery trips, to look up info on plants with which I'm unfamiliar. My current copy is getting pretty dog-eared.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 12:51PM
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I have an entire book shelf - floor to ceiling of my favorites. Elizabeth Lawrence is the author for Southern charming, old-fashioned reading. I also LOVE love love Joanne Gardener.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 10:26PM
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- Seed Folks by Paul Fleischman. It's about gardens and gardeners. You'll laugh you'll cry you will read it again and again (it's short).

    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 11:15AM
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There are so many that I have, for so many different aspects of gardening, I can't name one, I would still buy more, and would not give up one. I don't read novels. I enjoy :reading memoirs of gardeners, any garden how to- plants/hardscape/etc, flipping through any garden reference book of plants with pictures and care and propogating details, my father's old garden encyclopedias, and most any garden magazine. I have picked up many books at Borders for $2.99-$6.99, that are staples, but one I really love is Color Your Garden. It's still packed, so don't remember the author, but think she's in England. I do love books about English style gardening, because it covers so many of my favorite things. Aromatics, herbs and uses, knot gardens, cottage gardens, topiaries, the potager, and rustic, eclectic styles. I guess I really don't know what defines Southern gardening, or even Soutern Living magazine, I'll have to look into it since I am in the South now.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 2:03PM
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I have paid ton of library fine on Jerry Baker's "Giant book of Garden Solitions" and love both his books that library has.

Another book that I totally loved was encyclopedia(sp?) on gardening. It took each and every plant/fruit/vegetable and wrote in great detail about it...growing conditions...what it likes...etc. LOVED it.

I still think Jerry baker is the best. Which author would advise putting your dog food as manure? LOL


    Bookmark   June 10, 2010 at 10:35PM
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I got some of Jerry's books a few years ago as a PBS gift with pledge. They are full of useful information that we've used :)


    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 6:50AM
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Garden Bulbs For the South by Scott Ogden is one of my favorites. It has lovely photos and is interesting reading.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 8:11AM
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I like an old one: "Landscaping with Nature" by Jeff Cox. I think I got it used on Amazon Marketplace.

And of course "Bringing Nature Home" is one of my favorites in recent years. Here is an article by the same author.

Here is a link that might be useful: Article

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 9:20AM
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