❧ Library

Furthering my Education

Recommended Gardening Titles/Cookbooks & Films

I think of continuing education as one of the most important parts of my job. When I’m not working –gardening, designing gardens or writing– I can often be found reading. I wrote a weekly post, reviewing gardening books of my own choosing, for Barnes & Noble’s Garden Variety blog. You will still find my reviews of the latest gardening titles there, even though ‘Garden Variety’ has been archived. I will continue to regularly review and recommend gardening books on this blog. The internet is a wonderful resource, but when it comes to in-depth information, there’s still nothing like a good gardening book (click logo-link below to read my reviews at B&N’s Gardening Blog)

You may note that this library is in need of updating. I have reviewed many gardening guides and landscape books for B&N, not yet listed here. If you are interested in purchasing any of these books online, just hover over any title with your cursor and click to preview/get a current price/order from Amazon.com. If you can not click on a title I have listed, the book may be out of print. Please email me (see ‘contact’, if you find an error). Thank you!

Annual and Tender Perennial Gardening :

Armitage, Allan M., Armitage’s Garden Annuals: A Color Encyclopedia

Winterrowd, Wayne, Annuals for Connoisseurs

Winterrowd, Wayne, Annuals and Tender Plants for North American Gardens


Pavord, Anna. Bulb

Heath, Brent and Becky. Daffodils for North American Gardens

Leeds, Rod. The Plantfinder’s Guide to Early Bulbs

Black Plants – Delightful, Gothic Gardening – One of My Great Passions

Bonine, Paul. Black Plants

Platt, Karen. Black Magic and Purple Passion

Children’s Gardening Books:

Ruth Krauss, The Carrot Seed Board Book

Sharon Lovejoy, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots

Patricia Kite, Gardening Wizardry for Kids

Henry Cole, Jack’s Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Gardening with Children

Encyclopedias :

Brickell, Christopher & Cathey, H.Marc ed., American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

Brown, Deni. New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses

Kowalchik, Claire & Hylton, William. Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs

Ferns (some of my favorite plants) :

Rickard, Martin,Garden Ferns (Plantfinder’s Guide to Growing Series)

Garden Reference :

Irwin, Howard S. ed. America’s Garden Book: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to Plan, Design, and Grow Your Garden, Revised Edition


Inspiration :

Druse, Ken, Ken Druse: The Passion for Gardening

Druse, Ken, Planthropology: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites

Pollan, Michael, * BOOK*, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World

Pollan, Michael, *DVD*, The Botany of Desire


Japanese Maples (A favorite) :

Vertrees, J.D., Japanese Maples: Momiji and Keade

Kalmia Latifolia, (Mountain Laurel), A favorite woody plant:

Jaynes, Richard, Kalmia: Mountain Laurel and Related Species, Third Edition

Moss :

Schenk, George, Moss Gardening: Including Lichens, Liverworts and Other Miniatures

Cullina, William,Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses: From Emerald Carpet to Amber Wave, Serene and Sensuous Plants for the Garden

Native Plants, Naturalistic Planting, Woodland Gardening :

Armitage, Allan, Armitage’s Native Plants for North American Gardens

Chatto,B The Shade Garden: Shade-Loving Plants for Year-Round Interest

Cullina, William, Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants

Cullina,William, Wildflowers, (The New England Wild Flower Society)

Darke, Rick, The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest

Druse, Ken, The Natural Shade Garden

Leopold, Donald, Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation

Ornamental Grasses :

Darke, Rick, The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses: Sedges, Rushes, Restios, Cat-Tails and Selected Bamboos

( The title above is now out of print, but is available used via the link above)

Darke, Rick, The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes

Ondra, Nancy. Grasses: Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design. (This is a book I truly adore and frequently loan out to clients)

Organic and Sustainable Gardening / Disease and Insect Control :

Walliser, Jessica. Good Bug Bad Bug (A handy, rugged, ringed binder guide with id photos and organic solutions)

Chalker-Scott, Linda. The Informed Gardener

Gillman, Jeff. The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why

Ellis, Barbara W and Bradley, Fern M., The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals

Cranshaw, Whitney. Garden Insects of North America

Perennial Gardening, (Design and Maintenance) :

Ondra, Nancy. The Perennial Care Manual

DiSabato-Aust, Tracy, The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs

DiSabato-Aust, Tracy, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques

Perennial Identification:

Armitage, Allan M., Armitage’s Garden Perennials: A Color Encyclopedia

Rice, Graham. Encyclopedia of Perennials (RHS/American Horticultural Society)

Propagation :

Druse, Ken, Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation


















Pruning, (A reading list created by a woman with Felco 8s in her purse):

Reich, Lee,The Pruning Book: Completely Revised and Updated

Brown, George E.The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers: Second Edition

Stonework, (Inspiration):

Snow, Dan and Mauss, PeterIn the Company of Stone

Snow, Dan, and Mauss, PeterListening to Stone

Trees and Shrubs, (This is the best Northeastern guide book available):

Dirr, MichaelDirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

(for more advanced study – below is a black and white encyclopedia)

Dirr, MichaelManual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses






















Viburnum, (For the serious collector):

Dirr, Michael,Viburnums: Flowering Shrubs for Every Season

Vegetable Gardening, (Art and Science resources):

Bartley, Jennifer R.Designing the New Kitchen Garden: An American Potager Handbook


Bradley, Fern M., Rodale’s Vegetable Garden Problem Solver

Coleman, Eliot. Four-Season Harvest

Coleman, Eliot. The Winter Harvest Handbook

Smith, Edward C., The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible (10th Anniversary Edition)

Bartholomew, Mel. All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space

Weed Identification

DiTomaso, Neal & Uva. Weeds of the Northeast


The Botany of Desire DVDPollan, Michael, DVD, The Botany of Desire

Food Inc.
Schlosser, Eric,  DVD,  Food, Inc.

Reading on the Terrace

I love to cook, and I have an ever-growing collection of wonderful cookbooks. I’ve included some of my favorites here, and you can find more on the ‘Kitchen’ page, to the left sidebar. When I get a bit of time, I will add more. Also, check out the food blog links on the right, under ‘Cooking/Recipes’…

Food / Cookbooks

The Bubbly BarHunt, Maria C. , The Bubbly Bar: Champagne and Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion

Super Natural Cooking Swanson, Heidi, Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking

Garten, Ina, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients

Schreiber and Richardson, Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More

Lebovitz, David Ripe for Dessert: 100 Outstanding Desserts with Fruit–Inside, Outside, Alongside

The Pie and Pastry BibleLevy, Rose, The Pie and Pastry Bible

Levy, Rose, Rose’s Heavenly Cakes

Dusoulier, Clotilde, Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen


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