Over the years that I’ve had this obsession with plants and gardening, I’ve accumulated many books in my library, acquiring some from other people as gifts, or at garage sales or in the recycle center.
Some arrive in the mail from Amazon.com with their huge selection to choose from, both new releases and used.
Books about plants, books about landscaping with hardy succulents, books about how to grow plants, and what to plant where; Some have become old friends, read and re-read many times.
It’s hard to buy things sight unseen based on the description and the picture on the cover.
I look for those books that have excellent photography, and lots of it.
I prefer books that give me ideas for my garden projects, but not lots of diagrams. I find I get lost in measurements and schematics too easily, and turn the page.
Inspiration, ideas and innovation are the things that get the cogs turning in my brain.
Here are a few of the gems in my library which you may be interested in locating. I don’t know if they are all in print, but with Amazon.com you can find almost anything.
In a Canadian Garden
By Nicole Eaton and Hilary Weston and the superb photographic talents of Freeman Patterson.
Gardening America – Regional and Historical Influences in the Contemporary Garden
By Ogden Tanner
The Gardens of Russel Page
by Marina Schinz and Gabrielle van Zuylen
ISBN # 1-55670-170-5
Bold Romantic Gardens
The New World Landscapes of Oehme and van Sweden
by Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden with Susan Rademacher Frey
The Passion for Gardening – Inspiration for a Lifetime
by Ken Druse
The Natural Garden
By Ken Druse
Do I need to say this? Ken Druse is one of my favorite garden writers; he's funny, succinct and has a way of writing that makes you feel as if you're a good friend, over for tea and a quick turn around the garden. He tells garden stories and plant tales that make you want to get out there and start mixing soil.
Making More Plants – The Science, Art and Joy of Propagation
By Ken Druse
The New Garden Paradise – Great Private Gardens of the World
by Dominique Browning and the editors of House and Garden
Gardens of Plenty – the Art of the Potager Garden
By Marylyn Abbott
Sunset Western Garden Book
Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion
By Shane Smith
The Complete Book of Alpine Gardening
By Richard Bird and John A. Kelly ISBN #0-7063-7063-6
Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s Recipe for Raising Chickens
by Minnie Rose Lovgreen ISBN #0-914718-09-6
Sharing her story about growing a garden and raising chickens the natural way on Bainbridge Island off the Washington coast, Minnie Rose has a knack for welcoming you into her world.
It's not often that you can find this book, as it's out of print, but you may luck out and find it used.
Debra Lee Baldwin
Sedum: Cultivated Stonecrops.