Saturday, May 22, 2010

Top 5 gardening books

List by Barbara

"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."
- Hanna Rion

Barbara and I worked together for four and a half years and, during that time, she would make the most gorgeous arrangements for our front desk using materials from her own garden. Customers couldn't help themselves - they'd constantly be touching, smelling or commenting on the ever changing variety. A lot of them, like me, would wonder what a visual feast her gardens must be. Sometimes she'd bring in lots of different fruits - something new each season - and leave them for staff to take home. I never saw the same plant or flower twice in all those years, which made me curious about how big the gardens were. With a recommendation like that, how can you go wrong using her top 5 gardening books?



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Yates garden guide / Yates
"This fully updated and revised 77th ed. provides reliable, practical advice on all aspects of gardening: designing and planning your garden; preparing and maintaining your garden; organic gardening; water-saving gardens; gardening for kids; low-allergen gardens; pests, diseases and weeds; handy hints from NZ's top gardeners; container gardening for courtyards. You will find everything you need to know about growing trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit in Yates Garden Guide - the essential companion for all gardeners"--Publisher's description.

Palmer's manual of trees, shrubs and climbers / Stanley J. Palmer
This fantastic books contains over 500 spectacular colour photographs with all plants arranged alphabetically by botanical name.

Managing pests and diseases : a handbook for New Zealand gardeners / Rob Lucas
A completely revised edition of What's That Pest?

The ultimate fruit & nuts : a comprehensive guide to the cultivation, uses and health benefits of over 300 food-producing plants / Susanna Lyle
A comprehensive guide to fruit and nut plants that explores old favourites as well as many little-known yet exciting food-producing plants. It contains an A-to-Z guide to more than 220 species and lists of the most popular cultivars in different countries, as well as a general introduction to various aspects of horticulture and plant nutrition. At the back of the book is a table of plants for different garden situations for useful ready-reference.

Discovering vegetables, herbs and spices : a comprehensive guide to the cultivation, uses and health benefits of over 200 food-producing plants / Susanna Lyle
An authoritative, comprehensive guide to vegetable, herb and spice plants that explores old favourites and many little-known yet exciting food-producing plants. As well as the A to Z guide to over 200 species, and lists of the most popular cultivars, a general introduction gives a basic background to various aspects of horticulture and plant nutrition. A table of plants for different garden situations at the back of the book is a useful ready-reference. This thorough and extensively researched book is a vital reference, with everything a gardener needs to know, and much that a commercial producer would find valuable, in terms of choice of varieties and marketing of the harvest. This is the companion volume to Discovering Fruit & Nuts, making these two books the complete reference work on gardening with edible plants.

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