Amy has just purchased a magnificent antiquarian bookstore (I’m still amazed), but in our small way, we Northeasterners are also obsessed with books during these cold days. We’re reading them and we’re thinking about giving them. Here are some we think our gardening friends might like:
For the vegetable growers,
Elizabeth Scheider’s Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini
For the literary gardener, all the Henry Mitchell books, plus.Eleanor Perenyi’s Green Thoughts
For the stylish gardener, Dianne’s Benson’s Dirt.
For the ornamentalist, The Encyclopedia of Perennials by Graham Rice and Kurt Bluemel.
For the person who needs to put it all in context, Michael Pollan’s Second Nature.
Here are Susan’s picks:
What I’m reading:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver.
What I want:
American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn by Ted Steinberg and Garden Your Way to Health and Fitness by Guinness and Knox
Here are mine:
Botanica:The Illustrated A-Z of Over 10,000 Garden Plants and How to Cultivate Them
There are a few of these compendiums, but this one has worked well for me.
The Gardening Primer by Barbara Damrosch
Really a great resource for any level.
If they haven’t read Christopher Lloyd:
Christopher Lloyd’s Garden Flowers
This is probably the most practical for the American gardener, but still lively and fun.
To encourage someone to grow less lawn:
Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in our Gardens by Doug Tallamy.
Here’s one suitable for anyone, and they won’t already have it:
Extreme Horticulture by John Pfahl
This is a beautiful, witty coffee table book by a unsentimental photographer who loves gardening and gardens.