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Why Are There No Regional Gardening Books For The Ohio Valley?

Posted by midnightstorm Zone 6 (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 13, 06 at 21:14

I just moved to Huntington, West Virginia which is located right where the states of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky meet. I am looking for a month-by-month gardening book for this area. Can anyone recommend any?


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RE: Why Are There No Regional Gardening Books For The Ohio Valley

there is such a book for gardening in ohio which is really great. you might use it an use references for SE ohio. or just southern ohio. you might want to look for something about appalacia (sp)too. isn't there a refgerence for WVA?
how about contacting your local garden club(s) of county extension agent?

RE: Why Are There No Regional Gardening Books For The Ohio Valley

I meant to check my bookshelf last night, and forgot -- but I know there are a lot of region specific gardening books.

Denny McKeown from Cincinnati has a host of books; Debra Knapke and Alison Beck have a series of guides to plants for the Midwest, and I tink they have a month-by-month as well. Jan Riggenbach, a newspaper columnist has a great book with the all-encompassing title of Midwest Gardener's Handbook: The What, Where, When, How & Why of Gardening in the Midwest -- makes you wonder if there's anything left to ask!

One of my all-time favorites is Diane Heilenman's Gardening in the Lower Midwest: A Practical Guide to the New Zones 5 and 6. Her writing is fantastic, like having a very experienced older friend walking oyu thru the garden. She calls the area "The Zombie Zones" because of the uncertain temps in winter and summer.

I'm sure there's a lot more out there, too!

Here is a link that might be useful: Denny McKeown on Amazon

RE: Why Are There No Regional Gardening Books For The Ohio Valley

Diane is a feature writer on plants, gardening, and related subjects for the Courier Journal in Louisville. That is why her book is so readable -- she's a professional writer!

RE: Why Are There No Regional Gardening Books For The Ohio Valley

Books by authors based in this general area include The Well Tended Perennial Garden (by Tracy DiSabato-Aust, from the Columbus area) and a couple by a Lexington, KY-based author, Ezra Hazzard, including Perennials For The Lower Midwest and Trees, Shrubs and Roses for Midwest Gardens.

Having lived and gardened in Huntington, Lexington and Columbus, I don't think there's too much difference among these places, which are all within a half USDA zone or so of each other and otherwise have similar growing conditions.

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