Books for Gardeners

If you are looking for books for gardeners for the gardeners on your shopping list, allow us to help. We are often asked what are good books for gardeners. Here are some of our favorites that we think you will enjoy-



Indoor Plant Decor With more and more people working from home or retiring from the workforce, the quality of the home environment is becoming more important than ever. Jenny and Kylee know that adding living plants to the decor pays off in enjoyment, pride of place, and an increased sense of well being (not to mention lower blood pressure, higher creativity and cleaner air quality). House stagers and decorators know that well placed plants add value to a home. In Indoor Plant Decor, the authors show how to design with plants and containers to enhance one's personal style. The book is divided into 8 style categories, like “Peaceful Zen,” “Classic Elegance,” Modern Eclectic,” and “Vintage Vibe” - with photo collages of style elements, easy DIY projects, plant and container selection, and care tips for all environments and seasons


The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener The first frost used to be the end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore! In The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, Nova Scotia–based gardener and writer Niki Jabbour shares her secrets for growing food during every month of the year. Her season-defying techniques, developed in her own home garden where short summers and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge, are doable, affordable, and rewarding for gardeners in any location where frost has traditionally ended the growing season.


Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You Who cares what the neighbors think? Kiss My Aster is a hilarious, irreverent, interactive guide to designing an outdoor space that is exactly what you want. Combining entertaining illustrations with laugh-out-loud text, Amanda Thomsen lays out the many options for home landscaping and invites you to make the choices. Whether you want privacy hedges, elegant flower beds, a patio for partying, a food garden, a kids’ play space, a pond full of ducks, or all of the above, you’ll end up with a yard you’ll adore. Forget about doing it the "right" way: Do it your way!


The Truth About Organic Gardening Gardeners tend to assume that any organic product is automatically safe for humans and beneficial to the environment—and in most cases this is true. The problem, as Jeff Gillman points out in this fascinating, well-researched book, is that it is not always true, and the exceptions to the rule can pose a significant threat to human health. To cite just one example, animal manures in compost can be a source of harmful E. coli contamination if imporperly treated. Gillman's contention is that all gardening products and practices—organic and synthetic—need to be examined on a case-by-case basis to determine both whether they are safe and whether they accomplish the task for which they are intended.

Ultimately, Gillman concludes, organic methods are preferable in most situations that gardeners are likely to encounter. After reading this eye-opening book, you will understand why, and why knowledge is the gardener's most important tool.


The Heirloom Life Gardener Tired of genetically modified food? Every day, Americans are moving more toward eating natural, locally grown food that is free of pesticides and preservatives--and there is no better way to ensure this than to grow it yourself. Anyone can start a garden, whether in a backyard or on a city rooftop; but what they need to truly succeed is The Heirloom Life Gardener, a comprehensive guide to cultivating heirloom vegetables.

In this invaluable resource, Jere and Emilee Gettle, cofounders of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, offer a wealth of knowledge to every kind of gardener--experienced pros and novices alike. In his friendly voice, complemented by gorgeous photographs, Jere gives planting, growing, harvesting, and seed saving tips. In addition, an extensive A to Z Growing Guide includes amazing heirloom varieties that many people have never even seen. From seed collecting to the history of seed varieties and name origins, Jere takes you far beyond the heirloom tomato. This is the first book of its kind that is not only a guide to growing beautiful and delicious vegetables, but also a way to join the movement of people who long for real food and a truer way of living.


50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants Tracy DiSabato-Aust has taught thousands of readers how to design and maintain their gardens. Her first book -- The Well-Tended Perennial Garden -- is Timber's best-selling title and widely considered the bible of perennial maintenance. 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants is packed with useful tips, practical hints, and Tracy's own gardening experience. It is sure to find a place on the shelf and in the heart of every gardener. Tracy has identified 50 show-stopping plants that anyone can grow. Each selection is a dynamic choice for nearly every garden. Even better? All 50 plants have passed Tracy's test for toughness, beauty, and durability. These are Tracy's personal favorites, chosen after years of studying how to make beautiful outdoor spaces with a minimum of maintenance.


Gardening Nude "Gardening Nude" is a common sense guide as well as a motivational self-help book teaching individuals and corporations alike how to achieve greener and healthier living. Shawna Lee Coronado demonstrates through the Get Your Green On Healthy Philosophy, a three part system which includes a Health Plan, Greening and Conservation Guide, and Building A Green Community Plan that becoming mentally and physically healthier is a snap when you are living a green lifestyle. It will empower you to build a healthier and happier lifestyle. The term gardening nude is a metaphoric expression which means to strip away the negative excuses, get off your fanny, and get out into nature to better improve your health and lifestyle. "Gardening Nude" speaks to how the combination of reduced stress, green living, and building relationships can create a positive attitude at work, at home, and in life. For over ten years, Shawna lived with stress and severe health issues. Enduring constant pain, allergies, and asthma led her to take over a dozen prescriptions per day. Miserable, ill, and desperate, Shawna took on the medical establishment and built the Get Your Green On Healthy Philosophy in hopes of finding a way to improve her mental and physical health. By practicing this simple plan, Shawna remarkably changed her health; she now takes only three medications a day and feels better than she ever has. Effectively, it became a miracle cure for her unhealthy lifestyle and changed her mindset from negative to positive.


Easy Plant Propagation Growing your own plants from seeds or cuttings is much easier than you think. The plant propagation techniques that you'll learn in this book are simple to do and easy to learn, and they work incredibly well! If you already have a green thumb you'll love this book. If you don't have a green thumb, be prepared, you are likely to amaze yourself. Finding a beautiful plant and being able to reproduce that plant as many times as you like is a thrilling experience and it can be quite addicting. Since gardening is very therapeutic, that's a good thing. Learning how to propagate your own plants can result in a great deal of savings and/or earnings. Plants are the heartbeat of the earth. If we can teach kids how to propagate plants, care for them, and admire and respect the plants of this planet, you and I will leave this earth in very capable hands. Jump in, get dirty! Get lost in the magic of plant propagation.

There are many fine books for gardeners on the market, and these are just a few of the books for gardeners are books we personally own and recommend for gardeners of all skill levels. If you don't see a book for gardeners on your gift list, may we recommend an Amazon.com Gift Card?

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