I am an avid reader, and dozens of gardening books line my bookshelves. Friends and clients often ask for garden book recommendations, and I recently founded a Book Group within my garden club. Below are some of my favorites.*
The Roots of My Obsession
Thirty essays from the most vital voices in gardening, exploring the myriad motives that cause a person to become a gardener.
Gardening for a Lifetime
A practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back the garden while keeping up with the activities that each gardener loves most.
The Art of Gardening
Garden inspiration from Chanticleer, one of the most romantic and imaginative gardens in America
Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life
See how Beatrix Potter's passion for plants and gardening came to be reflected in her work.
The Brother Gardeners
The adventure and science of 18th century plant collecting, and the story of six men that created a garden revolution.
The Layered Garden
Lessons on how to create and maintain a layered garden that will provide interest in all season's from Brandywine Cottage.
Discover 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms and ornamentals commonly found in suburban gardens.
For the Founding Fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions: a conjoined interest as deeply ingrained in their characters as the battle for liberty and a belief in the greatness of their new nation.
The Hidden Life of Trees
Groundbreaking discoveries show that the forest is a social network where trees communicate and care for each other.
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden
The most thorough guide to perennials, from their growth habit to maintenance, propagation and use in garden design.
Enhance your landscape with a vibrant palette of low-maintenance herbs, perennials and mosses that serve as ground covers.
The Orchid Thief
A wickedly funny, elegant and captivating tale of one man's obsession with orchids.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
A fascinating account of the restoration of this Cornwall garden.
The Wild Trees
The spellbinding story of a tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a new world high in the canopies of California redwoods.
Design ideas, plant recommendations, garden plans and inspiring photos to help you create a beautiful garden for autumn.
For All the Tea in China
Robert Fortune was a gardener, plant hunter and botanist, and became an industrial spy when he was hired to steal China's guarded secrets of tea.
The Unexpected Houseplant
Unusual plant selections for the indoors, with loads of visual inspiration and great advice on growing these plants.
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