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    Authors  Lewis Hill and Penelope O’Sullivan

    Publisher: Storey Publishing

    ISBN: 978-1-60342-710-4

    Author: Jodi DeLong
    Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
    ISBN: 978-1-55109-798-5

    This valuable and enjoyable reference book ought to be on the shelves of every public library in the north east where growing conditions are challenging. It is also an impressive gift to receive.

    Author: Chris Young

    Publisher: Firefly Books

    ISBN: -13: 978-1-55407-727-4

    A fascinating aspect about cultural norms is that when they are brought to North America, by immigrants, they tend to reseed themselves and propagate unchanged.

    Author:W. Gary Smith

    Publisher: Timber Press

    ISBN: 978-0-88192-973-7

    Mr. Smith is an award winning landscape designer specializing in botanical gardens. He is also a talented artist. His book takes the topic of garden design to a new level by raising the bar on the discussion about the role of art in landscaping.

    Author: Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD

    Publisher: Timber Press

    ISBN: 978 0 88192 943 0

    In spite of the rise in the number of independent-minded gardeners, who cares little what others think, most people expect that their garden will not only make themselves happy but will also please their visitors.

    Author: Steve Bates

    Published by CreateSpace

    ISBN 13: 978 1453869352

    In this collection of inner dialogues, Steve Bates shares the thoughts that ruminate through his mind as he gardens and toils.

    Authors: Melba Levick and Karen Dardick,

    Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

    ISBN: 0-8478-2538-8

    Finally, we have a publication about small gardens that focuses on flowers, colors, and texture.

    Author: Kerry Ann Mendez

    Publisher: Lone Oak Press

    ISBN: 978-1-935534-334

    The exponential growth of flower gardening that has taken place during the last 20 years has brought a rather impatient and time constrained gardener into our midst. Several manuals that target this harried hobbyist have been welcomed and reviewed here; this is another publication in that genre

    Author: Sue Reed

    Publishers: New Society Publishers

    ISBN: 978-0-86571-653-7

    Authors: Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury

    Publisher: Timber Press

    ISBN: 978-0-88192-953-9

    We live in historic times, horticultural, that is. The most forward-looking and inspiring garden designer of the 21st century is Piet Oudolf. Based in the Netherlands but working world wide, he is responsible for a historic shift in the appearance of contemporary landscapes. His work is both riveting and controversial and pushes the boundaries of modernity in the garden.

    Authors: Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner

    Publisher: Timber Press


    Author: D.J.Herda

    Publisher: New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada

    ISBN: 978-0-86571-665-0

    Noting the increasing acceptability of the idea of growing edible plants in containers, internationally renowned master grower D. J. Herda sets out in From Container to Kitchen: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots to explore which fruits and vegetables grow best in pots, which varieties outperform their less robust cousins, how to plant and nurture your crops from planting to harvest, how to build your own best recipe for gardening success and how best to get the message out to others: the time is right for organic gardening

    Author: Brian Capon
    Publisher: Timber Press
    ISBN: 978-1-60469-095-8

    This book was born in the classroom. It began as a general botany course for non-science majors who were compelled to take a science course. Its success in reaching out to students inspired the transformation of the author’s lecture notes into a book

    Author: Sydney Eddison
    Publisher: Timber Press
    ISBN: 978-1-60469-065-1

    It creeps up slowly to surprise when it is least expected. It is a gardener’s worst nightmare. No, it is not an invasive weed. It is old age

    Author:Rob Sproule
    Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing
    ISBN: 978-1-55105-841-2

    Americans need this book, too!

    Author: Adrian Bloom
    Publisher: Timber Press
    ISBN: 978-0-88192-931-7

    At last, a book for gardeners who are overwhelmed by the huge size of iconic estates, when they study them for design inspiration

    Author: Scott Calhoun
    Storey Publishing
    ISBN:  978-1-60342-077-8

    For those that still believe that landscapes need to be designed in the antique manner of the English, this publication will be a revelation when they see how the Revolution of 1776 has finally trickled down tothe gardens of North America

    Author: Helena Attlee
    Photographer: Alex Ramsay
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    ISBN 978-0-7112-2971-6

    Japanese gardens belong to a tradition of artistic landscaping that began over a thousand years ago. Readers with only a vague idea about this subject will be surprised by the mesmerizing images that await them; the serene gardens visited in this publication are both spiritual and beautiful beyond words

    Authors:Tom Fischer and Clive Nichols
    Publisher: Timber Press

    If I were hosting dinner, I prefer that a guest bring this book rather than a box of chocolates. If I were a bedridden gardener, I hope someone would send me this attractive publication to cheer me up. When Tom Fischer first sat down to write this book, I’ll bet he never imagined he would be creating the ultimate hospitality gift


    Author: Laurie Ann McMillin Ray
    Publisher:Laurie Ann Publishing, Inc.
    ISBN: 978-0-9840748-0-8

    Once you have savored Laurie Ann's lessons, she puts a ribbon around it all by including an entire section on holidays, events and seasonal decorating--indoors and out

    Author: Gisela Keil
    Photography: Jurgen Becker
    Publisher: F&W Publications
    ISBN: 1-55870-733-6

    This is a gem of a book

    Author: Linda Chalker-Scott
    Publisher: University of Washington Press
    ISBN: 978-0-295-99001-9

    I urge the serious gardener to read The Informed Gardener Blooms Again, and its companion The Informed Gardener. At best, we will become better-informed gardeners. At least, we will save a few hundred dollars a season, otherwise spent on nutrients that our gardens do not need.

    Author: John Greenlee
    Photographs by Saxon Holt.
    Publisher: Timber Press

    The American Meadow Garden is a bold step in re-defining our outdoor environment.

    Author: Tony Lord
    Publishers: Frances Lincoln
    ISBN-10: 0711214328:  ISBN-13: 978-0711214323

    A review of this book, so many years after I first studied it, was prompted when I read about the frustrations of a fellow gardener who was having difficultly finding proper guidance in creating a flowerbed

    Author:  Tim Newbury
    Publisher: Cassell Illustrated
    ISBN: -13: 978 1841881133  ISBN -10: 1 84188 113 9

    This is an impressive publication- a beautifully illustrated manual for the garden designer

    Author: Tracy Disabato-Aust
    Publisher:Timber Press
    ISBN 13:978-0-88192-950-8

    Easy care plants that require little or no maintenance are favorites of mine

    Author: Stephanie Cohen and Nancy J. Ondra
    Publisher: Storey Publishing
    ISBN: 13978-1-58017-532-2

     There is an interesting rhythm to this book. Each author gardens according to her particular tastes and needs and writes about them with conviction

    Author: Tim Richardson, photographs by Andrea Jones
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Ltd
    ISBN: 9780-7112-2886-3

    Thank you Frances Lincoln Ltd for giving us a publication that allows us to visit some of the great gardens of North America, without having to leave home

    Author: Steven Apfelbaum
    Beacon Press
    ISBN:13 978-0-8070-8582

    Reading about his successful land restoration, it becomes clear that there is sheer delight to be found in recreating a natural preserve.

    Author: Carol Cumes
    Publisher: Mitra Publishing Group
    ISBN: 978 0 9654003 9 8

    One of the best kept secrets of gardening is the spiritual transformation that one experiences each time one enters a garden to tend, to admire or to escape. For that reason, a chakra garden is not an altogether new concept to the passionate gardener. It may also help others understand the spirituality that some gardeners have reported experiencing.

    Author: The Editors of Phaidon Press
    ISBN: 9780714849584

    The editors of Phaidon Press continue to impress me. They make rigorous work seem easy. In their latest publication The Contemporary Garden, they tackle an encyclopedic amount of material [as they did with The English Garden] and distill it into an easy-to-read picture essay. In this instance the essay is about the evolution of the contemporary garden from the early 1920’s up until today.

    Author:  Lawrence D. Griffith
    Photographs by Barbara Temple Lombardi
    ISBN: 978 0 300 14536-6
    Publisher: Yale University Press with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

    Gardeners who do not use a camera are always amazed by the beauty that nature photographers find in the mundane. When we walk along a rural road, we ignore the common milkweed growing by the wayside. It is ugly, boring and ubiquitous. Yet, in this book, the photographer has transformed Asclepia syriaca into a work of art. That’s what I love about beautifully illustrated books on gardening. They allow us to see something old, as if it were new, for the very first time.

    Authors: Tasha Tudor and Richard Brown

    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    ISBN: 978 -0 -316 -11292-5

    The late Tasha Tudor, was a writer and illustrator of children’s’ books. Her farm in southern Vermont is a physical manifestation of all that was dear to her.This book explores her home, gardens, hobbies, writings and illustrations; all of which reflect the romantic nature of this multifaceted individual.

    Author: Fran Sorin

    Publisher:Warner Books

    ISBN 13: 978-0-446-69402-5, ISBN: 10: 0-446-69402-9

    With a background in landscape design, psychology and communications, the author has built a successful career assisting clients to visualize their garden needs. On occasion, this has turned out to be a challenge because several of her clients saw themselves as uncreative. Consequently, they would express helplessness in articulating a personal vision for their garden. The author disagrees.

    Authors: Lauren Springer and Rob Procter

    ISBN 1-55591-348-2

    Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing


    The concept of the Westerner in American culture, conjures up the image of a friendly and unpretentious person. That explains the feeling one gets when reading this book. Not only is the style of writing informal but also, the gardens illustrated are bereft of the formality we often see and read about in British garden books. More than just a book about gardening, this publication is a window into the unabashed joy of getting down and dirty in the garden and the sheer pleasure of the physical energy expended in  doing related  chores.

    Author: Editors of Phaidon Press

    Publisher: Phaidon Press

    ISBN: 978 0 7148 4892 1

    One should not call a garden "English" without specifying the century or the designer's name attached to it. Each age brought its own interpretation to the landscape surrounding the proverbial English manor. This publication, which is encyclopedic in its coverage of English gardens, teaches us that every landowner asked something different from his landscape designer. Furthermore, what comes to mind as a traditional English garden may be English in origin but is certainly not what some of us might call a "garden".


    Author: Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin

    Publisher: Storey Publishing

    ISBN: 978-1-58017-702-3: ISBN: 978-1-58017-703-0

    The hedgehog that lives in my back yard has let me know, in his own way, that purchasing a compost bin with a ground level opening is not a good idea. He already eats everything tasty in my garden, so access to compostable kitchen scraps will only  create a feast for him and a mess for me.

    Author: Sarah Raven

    Photographs by Jonathan Buckley

    Publisher: Francis Lincoln

    ISBN 13: 978071121752 2


    A book arrived by post this morning, on  the shortest day of the year, when the sky was dreary, the temperature had dipped below  minus twelve  degrees centigrade and  fifteen centimeters of snow were predicted to fall. The unwrapping of the book was the equivalent of lighting a bonfire in my living room.  It arrived at the best moment to warm and illuminate the day. 

    Editor: Marilyn Rogers

    Authors: Scott Aker and Laura Deeter

    ISBN-10: 0696236648

    ISBN-13: 978-0696236648

    Publishers:  Meredith Books

    Amongst some gardeners, the Miracle-Gro company is reputed to have created some of the most eye catching TV commercials and print ads that have ever targeted plant lovers.  They are very good at visualizing the successful results of proper feeding and care. However, the detail lavished in the preparation of this basic primer on growing perennials surpasses anything that they’ve done in their marketing department.

    Authors: Arne Maynard with Anne De Verteuil

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    ISBN-10: 0-06-059631-7:  ISBN-13: 978-0-06-059631-6


    Gardeners are happy to read  books on their favorite topic because there is always something new to discover. So it was with much anticipation that I sat down to read Garden Design Details. What an eye opening experience! In the hands of this author and his collaborator, a garden can be transformed into a modern sculpture. Organic and full of texture that it may be, it is, in the end, a work of art.

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