The breakdown: I have several types of gardening books, dealing with design, pests/disease, weeds, plant ID and those that I call, inspiring books.
|a.)Michael Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, is by far the equivalent of the Bible in the woody or herbaceous plant world.|
b.) Plant Health Care section. Anything to do with the health of plants. Pests, disease and treatments. Very zonal and regionally specific. IMPORTANT: when acquiring info on pests and disease, getting books on UK problems isn't the best for say those of us living in Ontario. OMAFRA has yearly publications. I have two in my collection. Great resource.
c.) Plant choices, practical advice and basics of gardening. Really great reads in winter, when all you want to do is get your fingers dirty again. Good refresher books.
Here is a sneak peak of what it's like inside Dirr's Manual:
|l.) My mini garden book. Gift from a great friend. Love this little guy. Kids love to look at this one.|
m.) Book series, this is Taylor's Pocket Guide broken down by specifics. Pocket guides for working daily.
n.) Specific species info. Colourful photos and bit size info. Great for travel and for botanical walks.
|o.) Finally, this LONE PINE series. LOVE, Love, love THIS SERIES! The great thing about Lone Pine, is they customize their books to region specific info. Here, great info pertaining to Ontario and Canada is available. These are not fluff books. Generally these are the ones I grab at home when I have a dilemma, need to remember or learn something.|
16 years and counting. Can't wait to see new books on gardening trends and to learn heaps more.
What gardening books do you love?